How to make a Princess shaped cake

Completed "Princess Giselle" Cake
Completed "Princess Giselle" Cake

An alternate style, a "Cinderella" princess cake

I made this cake for my granddaughter's birthday

I have four year old granddaughters who celebrate their birthdays a week apart. I made the Cinderella version of the cake for Lila, and followed with this cake, Giselle from Enchanted, for Lauren. I used a standard cake mix (Duncan Hines), but I have also made the cakes from scratch with good results. For this cake, I used two cake mixes. One was for the center layer and filled a bundt pan. The second mix I divided between a pyrex bowl, to make the domed top of the skirt, and a standard 9" layer pan to make the bottom layer of the cake. It is important to grease and flour the pans and bowl generously, and give the layers time to cool before removing them from the pans.

the baked cake layers

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assembling the cake

I baked the layers a day in advance, and allowed them to cool completely before wrapping in plastic. For the frosting, I used a simple butter cream frosting from scratch. Using approximately two pounds of powdered sugar, one cube (1/2 cup) butter and 1/3 cup half and half, and using a teaspoon of vanilla extract to flavor, I divided out half of the frosting to leave it white (although it will be slightly off white using butter and vanilla) and tinted the remainder of the frosting with food coloring to achieve the shade of pink I wanted. I mixed the butter, added the sugar slowly and added the half and half to a smooth but firm texture that would hold its shape.

frosting the cake layers

Inserting the doll

I used a "Barbie" type doll that is 11" high. I cut a small hole in the base layer for the feet. I wrapped the doll in plastic wrap from the waist down. For the top, I cut a small opening through the top of the dome, and bent the doll's legs slightly before inserting her into the cake. I frosted the entire cake and the front of the doll (for a bodice.) With this cake, I had some trouble with "crumbing" which may be evident in the photos. I thinned down some remaining frosting and frosted over the first layer, covering the crumbs.

the cake before decorating
the cake before decorating


Using the white frosting that I had set aside, I filled a disposable Wilton 12" decorating bag and piped a border around the base of the cake and the seam where the layers met. I had used strips of parchment paper around the cake base which I removed before the piped decorations. I used a leaf tip to form a ruffle at the top of the dress. I changed the tips to add more decoration. Here, you have a lot of discretion about where and how much to add. I also added some silver sprinkles to the finished cake for sparkle.

beginning to decorate the dress

Because I used a butter recipe frosting, the cake needed to be kept cool during transport and display. Keeping the cake refrigerated would be helpful.

Comments 53 comments

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Paul Edmondson 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

Lila loved this cake!

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Chin chin 4 years ago from Philippines

Thanks for the how-to guide in making this Princess cake. It's wonderful. If my daughter sees this, most probably she would ask me to make the same for her birthday, too.

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LoriSoard 4 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

Super cute. I really like the way you decorated the skirt in this picture.

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Brett Winn 4 years ago from US

Haven't read the article (my Barbie/princess cake days are behind me, (children) and the grandchildren haven't yet begun to arrive) but I absolutely love how it looks in the photograph!

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

The cakes turned out so cool! I had always wondered if one simply cut a hole in traditional cake rounds or used a special pan to do this style of cake- but of course a bundt pan would be perfect for something like this! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to.

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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, stunning. Had you not included the step-by-step pictures, I would have never guessed a cake like this could be assembled from a bundt cake. It's easy to imagine this cake being a total hit with little girls!

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Robin 4 years ago from San Francisco

This cake was a huge hit with our girls as well as all of our guests; plus, it was absolutely delicious. The frosting was my favorite! I love how the Cinderella cake has the glass slipper on the cake plate stuck with frosting.

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AnnaCia 4 years ago

I want one. It look so beautiful and tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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irfansweb 4 years ago from Lahore

hmm nice looking

MP50 4 years ago

My Daughter love's this cake, she wants me to make one for her. Not to sure if I can do it? Looks difficult, I am prepared to try thanks for SHARING.

marellen 4 years ago

Very cute. I had one similar when I was a young girl and still remember it to this day. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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glenna 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

It's not too difficult, but it takes time. Be sure your cakes are thoroughly cooled.

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romper20 4 years ago from California

mmm looks good!

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webverification 4 years ago from Idaho

Can't wait to try this out for my daughter's birthday! Great hub!

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

Oh my goodness , you are creative! I love the colors and how the dress "ballons" out. Giselle looks great. Voted up and shared! :-)

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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

WOW! Beautiful! Congratulations on the hub of the day. I canĀ“t wait to try this recipe for my niece birthday. Thanks for sharing. Awesome!

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

These cakes are so cool. I aways wondered how they were constructed. You shared your secrets. This one is just lovely. i will pass it on to my friends and am pinning it..Great hub...congratulations on hub of the day.

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glorgeousmom 4 years ago from Philippines

Looks so gorgeous. I'm pretty sure it tastes so delicious as well. Congrats and thank you for sharing. Great hub, voted up!

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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Gorgeous! I love the Cinderella cake. I'm very tempted to make one for myself for my 29th birthday next month. Great hub. Thanks for this easy-to-understand tutorial! ;)

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neoankit 4 years ago from Pune

this is delicious

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Cracknutcase 4 years ago from India,bangalore

What an amazing idea! I'm sure your grand daughter's bday party was a huge success.. The cakes look finger licking yummy!

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tjdavis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

Love this article..I have a granddaughter turning 4 in a couple of months and I think I will make this cake for her. Great photos and directions. Thanks..I will share this link on Facebook if you don't mind.

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Thank you for this awesome Hub. I have a 3 year old little girl whose birthday is in 2 weeks and she wants a Cinderella cake. I was going to make it myself and look into the mold for it, but after reading your article, I will be following your instructions to make her cake. Thank you so much! Voted up and useful and interesting!!

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joaniebaby 4 years ago

Up and beautiful. I used to make this type of cake when my daughters and granddaughters were little. And, of course, they loved them. Eventually I purchased a cake pan just for this type of doll. My finished products were never as detailed as yours. To make my frosting white, I used crisco instead of butter and I used almond flavoring. The frosting tasted almost as good and you didn't have to worry about "spoiling." Thanks for the reminder of gone by days.

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What stunning looking cakes that would thrill any young princess who was lucky enough to have one baked especially for her.

Your grand-daughters are lucky to have such a talented grandmother.

Congrats on HOTD.

Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Congrats on HOTD. This is the kind of Hub I like to see win this honor! I made a cake like this for one of my kids when she was small, and she remembers it till this day. You did a beautiful job, here. As a Grandmother, I know how proud you must have been when you showed the girls their cakes!

I voted this UP, etc. and I will certainly share here and on my FB.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow! this cake is really amazing and superb pretty and cute!

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Very neat. My daughter made one when her girls were little but it was different than this one. Enjoyed your hub. Voted Up. Congrats on hub of the day.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

How can I eat those, they are too pretty! I guess if I was four or five I would have no problem eating And the added bonus is getting a doll to play with afterwards. This is amazing, you are an artist.

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thecrazzykylex 4 years ago from Incredible India!

Should I have a bite, Should I not! Awesome work, Glenna.

Congratulations on being featured on HP!

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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

I'm sure you made your grand-daughter's birthday a memorable one with this cake. Great idea of a unique cake.

Voted Up, and congrats on being the HOTD!

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910chris 4 years ago from North Carolina

Nice Hub, mabe I should learn how to bake!

lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! The princess cake is beautiful! I'm sure that your daughter was ecstatic. You must be very talented.. Voted up awesome and beautiful!

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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

Aww! Look so cute! Wonderful job making this cake and posting it. Voted up and shared.

Congrats on HOTD!

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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

You made it so easy to follow the instructions. Delicious cake. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

Congratulations on Hub of the day award!

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Modern Lady 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

My mom used to make these for my birthday when I was a little girl. I loved them! She had a special conical cake pan that she used just for these cakes. Thanks for the happy memories!

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lilalollie 4 years ago from The Netherlands

Beautiful cake! Looks delicious!

Great hub!

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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

I have some little girls in my life who would love this cake. Great pictures and instructions.

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Meguchan 4 years ago from US West Coast

This is so clever and what a wonderful idea. And your pictures really show the steps well and I understand how to put this cake together and I feel like I can do it. Thank you for sharing!

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Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

This is absolutely beautiful! Great Job!

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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from United States

My grandmother's best friend make special birthday cakes for me when I was a girl--Barbie cakes with the doll at the center, cakes shaped like rabbits and chicks. It's the sort of thing you remember happily from childhood. Great HOTD. Hope it inspires lots of special cakes for kids!

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thisiknow 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I made one of these cakes for my daughter's birthday when she was little. It was fun to make and turned out great. I haven't seen one of these cakes in years. Awesome hub!

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nmdonders 4 years ago

This is so amazing, I'm going to try this.

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The instructions for this complicated looking cool cake are right on and will save the day. Great job,and congratulations.

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Penelopesweet 4 years ago

I want this for my birthday, call me retarded but that looks AWESOME!

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iefox5 4 years ago

Cool, cute, special cake!!! I won't eat such a cute cake in my birthday.

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nochance 4 years ago from Duluth, MN

Those are beautiful. You have some serious talent. I'm gonna have to try to make one of these for my college friends. We love making crazy birthday cakes for each other.

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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

That looks so easy to do! My daughter will surely love it. She likes Disney's Belle.

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toomuchmint 4 years ago

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! This is such a great cake recipe, because the decorations are so simple. I wonder whether us non-bakers could get away with buying a plain bundt cake and a plain round cake, for the bottom and canned icing.

It would be lots of fun to create this cake with the girls, or to use mini-bundt cupcakes and smaller dolls so each girl can create a dress for her own dolly.

Great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

This cake is so cute. I believe it tastes delicious as well. I really the pictures of princess shaped cake. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)


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glenna 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA Author

I love the idea of making individual cakes for little girls (or boys) to decorate their own. I'm inspired! I'll start looking for little dolls.

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I made a cake that looked like yours once, but I used a special pan for the skirt. Your idea is so much better.

I can see how this Hub won HOTD! It's a beautiful cake.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.

Kellyzimmermann 3 years ago

I love this idea! Thank you. My daughters birthday is in December and I am going to try this! This is totally a side note. I saw the Halloween costumes you made for Paul's girls last year (Little bo peep and her sheep). I can't stop looking at the picture I love the idea and the outfits are just awesome!!! I have 2 little girls and would love love love outfits like those. I might be asking a silly question but I am wondering if you would ever be interested in making the exact outfits for my daughters (because I know Paul and his wife would never sell the ones you made for them :). I am very interested in hearing what you would charge and what the chances of this would be??? Thank you so much in advance!!!


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