This year’s birthday cake of choice for my daughter was another Barbie Cake. She’s going off to Parsons in the Fall, so I was challenged to make a Project Runway cake.
I didn’t feel like I had what it took to do that, so delayed my start – procrastination coupled with fear. The cake was not quite cool enough to decorate when I had all of 15 minutes to get it ready before guests arrived. With four capable young adults as helpers, we decided to forgo detailed frosting decoration and instead use the last of some beautiful roses in my garden. They helped pull it off, and the cake was lovely. Made from scratch, with simple vanilla frosting, covered in luscious hot pink rose petals and a few pale pink sugar pearls – a surprisingly simple and lovely cake for a beautiful daughter.
Barbie Cake Sized Chocolate Cake Recipe
Serves 12 – 16
4.5 oz bittersweet chocolate
12 oz boiling water
12.75 oz (2 2/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
10.5 oz (1 1/2 cup) white sugar
12 oz (1 1/2 cup packed) light brown sugar
3.75 oz (1 1/4 cup) natural cocoa powder
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp vanilla extract
4 extra large eggs (or 4 large eggs and 1 egg white)
12 oz (1 1/2 cup) buttermilk
5 1/4 oz (3/4 cup) vegetable oil
Prepare your two pans — one Wondermold pan and one 8 inch round by spraying with baking spray with flour.
In a small heatproof bowl mix chocolate and boiling water. Blend until chocolate is melted. It may look a little clumpy – don’t worry. Set this aside while you mix the rest of the batter.
Mix all the rest of the ingredients on low for 20 seconds or so just to combine. Scrape down the side of the bowl, then mix on medium for 2 minutes. Add the water/chocolate mixture to batter. It’s OK if the water/chocolate mixture is still warm. Mix on low to combine. Batter will be thin.
Pour batter into prepared pans.
Put both pans in the oven and bake at 325 until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. For the 8-inch layer, test after 30 minutes. The Wondermold cake will take about an hour to bake. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto parchment lined plates to cool completely.
Plunge in the Barbie of choice, frost the “dress” area with Vanilla Frosting, then cover with rose petals. Make sure rose petals were grown without any pesticides. You will need the petals of 6 – 7 full, fluffy roses.