I wanted to share a few details with you from my daughters 5th birthday! We had a great time but we didn't do the whole BIG party thing since she had one last year, but I think we did a good job of focusing on her and making her feel special.
Instead of just doing one princess we bought the multi pack of little barbie/princess bodies (head and torso) at JoAnns. I was trying to figure out what pan to use in order to get the curved dress form. I did a little research and found out there was a pan specifically for the little doll dresses (of course there is!) So, I ran to Hobby Lobby on Thursday morning with my 40% off coupon to get the Mini Mold pan. Micah and I baked the cakes on Thursday and he couldn't understand why he couldn't eat it as soon as he stirred the batter.
So, I baked the mini dresses, then I put the rest of the funfetti batter into a round cake pan but I knew it was going to be really small with the small amount of batter I had left so I mixed up a choclate cake real quick and added some to the round cake pan. I knew I needed something for the Princesses to stand on so I put some wax paper in the bottom of a 9x12 cake pan and added the rest of the chocolate cake batter.
I also crumb coated the dresses before putting them back in the freezer as well.
Personally I think the freezer is my best friend when making a cake that needs to be decorated...unless you're using fondant or something similar, then it's probably not necessary.
I decorated the main cake portion to look like grass, the beach and some water.
I crushed vanilla wafers for the sand.
Saturday morning when we got back from the farm I put the whole thing together. It was thawed enough for us to eat when we finally got around to that part. I did put a skewer into the cake where the princess dresses were just to make sure they stayed put. But I'm glad they were frozen or I would have totally messed up their dresses. I didn't have any extra frosting to fix anything so it just was what it was. But...