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How to Make A Barbie Cake

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Learn how to make a Barbie cake any little girl would love!  This Barbie and the Secret Door inspired Barbie cake is easy to make with a mold, cake mix, frosting and of course, a Barbie doll.

If your little girl loves Barbie, you need to make this Barbie cake! Boxed cake mix is baked in a special pan to make this an easy birthday cake to make at home!


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We have been watching Barbie movies in our home for the last 12 years.  I think it all started with Barbie and The Nutcracker and I’m fairly certain we’ve watched every single Barbie movie that’s been made since.  So when my daughter started seeing commercials for the newest Barbie movie, Barbie and The Secret Door, she started a full on campaign to get the movie.   I, of course, flat out refused and secretly began plotting to get her the movie for Christmas.  You can imagine her delight when I surprised her with a Barbie and the Secret Door party!

Barbie cake batter


Two years ago I made Ella a doll cake for her 6th birthday.  It was a huge hit and so I decided to surprise her not only with the new Barbie DVD but also with a Barbie cake made with one of the Barbie and the Secret Door dolls.   Barbie cakes are not hard to make, but they do take time so you need to plan ahead.  I use a cake mold to make the doll cakes.  It just seems to make the process easier. You’ll need to make two boxes of cake mix and measure out the batter. Grease and flour the mold very well and then fill with 6 cups of cake batter and bake for 50-60 minutes.  Use the remaining batter to make one single 8″ round cake.

Barbie Cake

If you greased and floured the mold well then the cake should pop right out. My round cake pans are actually 9″ so I had to trim the cake off.  I was hoping that by adding that cake layer, the whole thing would be long enough to fit up to Barbie’s hips, but we were still a tad short.  I just used frosting to make up the difference.  I removed Barbie’s skirt and wrapped her legs in plastic wrap and gently inserted her in to the cake.

Barbie Cake

Then you just frost away.  I used about 1 1/2 tubs of neon pink frosting. I got impatient and felt like I’d totally bombed the cake because my frosting job was not great.  But the kids didn’t even notice – they were in total awe over the Barbie cake!

Barbie and the Secret Door

I let the girls have some cake and they checked out the other fun Barbie and the Secret Door books we had.  They painted and colored a few pictures and enjoyed a sticker book.

Barbie and the Secret Door

They played with the other characters from the movie, as well – a fairy and a mermaid!  That made everyone’s day.  Then they sat down to watch the movie.  If you have a Barbie loving daughter – she’s going to love this movie.  Not only does it have Barbie, a mermaid and a fairy, but the girls loved the original music as well.  Barbie and the Secret Door is now available in stores and on-line for purchase!

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  • Cathy D
    September 13, 2017

    What temperature do I set the oven too?

    • Camille
      September 14, 2017

      Follow the directions on the cake mix, but you may need to bake it longer. Just keep an eye on it!

  • mary damilola wennberg
    June 6, 2017

    You have done a great job, thank you looking forward to another wonderful lesson

  • Miz Helen
    October 21, 2014

    What a precious cake, Camille, and so much fun! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  • swathi
    October 20, 2014

    Beautiful and perfect cake for my little princess thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. pinning.

  • Liz
    October 15, 2014

    I made one of these for my daughter’s birthday!!! So much fun:) She was Barbie-obsessed this year. She loves the book, so I am sure she and her sisters will adore the movie too!

    • Camille
      October 16, 2014

      I just noticed on the DVD that it says it’s The Ultimate Fairtytale Musical – and that describes it to a T! LOL