How to Make a Barbie Doll in a Dress Cake

I first saw a cake like this at a friend’s wedding several years ago. Of all the cakes I have made, this one had eluded my party themes. Until this year at my daughter’s 5th birthday. : ) The cake was a hit and tasted great, too!


Tall cake with a hole in the middle

This could be an angel food cake, a sponge cake, or a cake baked in a pyrex bowl with a post-baked hole cut in the middle. I do like to bake everything from scratch, but I knew it was going to be a stressful day, so I cheated and grabbed a pre-made angel food cake at Wal-Mart for roughly $3.

Legless Barbie Doll

This is actually an off-brand Barbie (gasp!). The cheaper ones don’t have the bands holding their legs inside the body, so it is easy to just pop the legs off and on. (Just remember where you put the legs. I can’t find my pair, lol.)

Dress Decor

For a good, stiff frosting, try this Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

Food coloring of your choice

Sprinkles or other edible dress décor of your choice.


1. Display option: wrap cutting board with foil or other decorative paper.

2. You can either place the cake directly on the cutting board or keep it on the original bottom piece that came with the premade cake.

3. For Barbie’s top, you can either put a shirt on her or slather her in frosting in a shirt-like fashion. Sprinkle her with sprinkles while she is lying flat. It’s easier that way. Set her aside.

4. You will need to fill the center of the cake with frosting or strawberries or a cupcake or whatever so that Barbie will be supported.

5. Frost the cake and fill the rest of the whole with icing.

6. Sprinkle the sprinkles on your cake. To get the sprinkles on the side of your cake, you will need to place sprinkles in your hand and press into the cake frosting. It’s not as messy as it sounds, because they will stick quite easily.

7. Stick your Barbie in the hole and then touch up with frosting to blend her in.

8. That’s it. Pretty simple, but this can be done on a magnificent scale, just depending on how much time you want to put into it.

Finishing Touches

Strawberries in Natural Syrup

Since this was a pink/red theme and it was angel food cake, I served this cake with strawberries in their natural syrup. To do this, all you need is sliced strawberries and sugar. You will simply wash and slice the strawberries, put them in a bowl, and sprinkle on about 2 teaspoons of sugar (more or less, depending on amount of strawberries.) I used two teaspoons for half a basket of berries. We ate the others whole.

Mini Cupcakes

I just picked up mini cupcakes at Wal-Mart in the “reduced items” bakery section. This section is reserved for baked goods with an expiry of that day. You save 40%. However, aren’t those cupcakes in the photo adorable? I placed the cupcakes around the base of the dress.

Matching gift bags

Although my lighting (this photo has the cinnamon filter applied) and my focus was a bit off, you can see how this picture would have been really awesome if everything had been perfect. Set the gift bags at the back of the table and then set the cake in front of it for prime photos of the cake. Get down on eyelevel with the cake and square it up in your frame.

Have a great party!

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2 thoughts on “How to Make a Barbie Doll in a Dress Cake

  1. I LOVE this!! I think I had a barbie birthday cake two years in a row as a kid. I loved them so much…looks like your daughter loved it too. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and linking up with Evy’s Tree! Evy’s birthday is coming up maybe I should give it a whirl! 🙂 xoxo

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