I have this cake pan:
I lack any cake decorating skills so mine never look like this:
Funny thing, there's not much you can do with these cakes if you don't have mad decorating skills. I've tried icing around the tiers, but they end up looking like blobs.
So the cake pan just sits and sits and sits.
Until one day I had a brilliant idea.
***Mini Princess Cakes!***
The tiered cakes are the perfect size to become dresses for the mini princess dolls that my daughter loves to play with and kudos to me for figuring this all out with just enough time to execute them for her 4th birthday. Phew! Here goes!
First, bake the cakes.
Second, ice the cakes.
Tip! I started with white pre-made icing and used gel food coloring. Since I didn't know how much I'd need for each "dress" and I didn't want to waste icing, I started with one color, in this case, blue. After icing the blue dress, I added more white icing to the bowl, then added red coloring. Blue and red make purple. When I was done with the purple I added more white icing which made a lighter purple for another dress. After that one I added more blue to make the darker blue of Ariel's dress. By doing this I didn't waste any icing and all my colors coordinated. Except poor Belle.
My technique, if you can call it that, was to pile on too much icing to the top, then using a small offset spatula, pull down until everything was covered.
Third, stick the dolls in.
(Of course you will pre-wash them and tie Rapunzel's hair up.) Just push them straight down and through the center.
Fourth, decorate to your hearts content.
Here's each of mine:
Rapunzel (rockin' a beehive up-do)
Belle. Belle suffered a few injuries when I accidentally dropped her when transferring onto the cake plate. Oops.
Because I couldn't find any of the other princess dolls around the house, Pascal worked perfectly. When it was time to sing I moved him to the side to look as if he was climbing up and put a candle on top. Perfect!
The Happy Birthday Girl: At first confused to what I had done with her dolls, then after I explained the dresses were cake she was all for it.
These were easier than I thought they'd be. I'm happy to have found another use for this cake pan. Hopefully one day I'll have the skills to decorate these little cakes the way they should. Until then, I'll have to keep coming up with new ideas! Ant hills? Volcanoes?....