I have always wanted to make a dolly varden cake, I was so happy to be asked to make a barbie cake for a little girls fourth birthday. I'm not sure for which birthday but I remember Mum making one for me when I was little, it was just like the one in the Womans Weekly birthday cakes book, I thought it was the coolest thing ever.
I went out and bought a new tin to make the skirt, I tracked down a dolly tin with a metal rod in the centre and the cake baked through perfectly. Being a fourth birthday I was asked to keep things simple, a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.
I covered the entire skirt with light pink buttercream, which I allowed to dry before smoothing over with a icing smoother. To make the bodice, flowers and ruffles at the top and bottom on the skirt I used fondant. I absolutly love how it turned out and am very happy that the birthday girl loved it too.I really wanted to share a tutorial for this cake but got so wrapped in making it and the leopard cake that I missed taking pictures of a bunch of important steps. I'm thinking maybe about making a Christmas themed one shortly, perhaps an angel, so hopefully I'll have step by step guide soon.