I'm sure its target audience spans more than the 4 and 5 year old girls I happen to be surrounded by, and I would love to know if there are older kids (and boys?!) who are as into this movie as these little girls are.
At any rate, I was approached last week by a friend of a friend I used to work with at Labatt (again, LOVE how the internet works!) about making a Frozen cake for her daughter's 5th birthday. She was torn between a sweet, simple, single-tier round cake with an Olaf fondant figurine (similar to this one) vs. a doll cake.
Yes, you know the doll cake. THAT doll cake. The one with the Barbie stuck in the cake so the cake looks like a massive, oversized, edible Gone with the Wind dress.
When she asked for my opinion, I could not hold back. I told her she would be crowned Best Mom Ever if she got her daughter a doll cake. As far as I'm concerned, for a 5-year-old girl with a penchant for princesses, the doll cake is IT. It doesn't get any better. A 5-year-old who gets a doll cake is living the dream. And there is such a small window in a little girl's life when it is so perfect. By the time she turns 6 or 7, she is on to bigger things, and her little girl princess dreams are just memories.
Or maybe it's just me trying live vicariously because I never got a doll cake of my own. (Ahem, MOM, I'm looking at you.)
So she went for it! She dropped her daughter's Elsa doll off with me so I could build the cake around her, because as we all know, it is impossible to get your hands on any Elsa merchandise right now. (Language warning, but here is an article about how crazy some parents are getting about this stuff.)
Unexpectedly, it turned out that the Elsa doll she brought was a good 4 or 5 inches taller than your standard Barbie doll, who is 11.5 inches tall. So the cake dress for Elsa turned out to be a solid 6 layers of cake!
I wrapped her dress up tightly in plastic wrap to make sure she emerged unscathed after the party, and cut out a hole in each cake layer for her to rest in. There is a small support structure under those top 6-inch layers, which makes this essentially a 2-tier cake.
After a bit of carving with a serrated knive to get to that dress shape, I piped on a couple of pounds (not even joking - this was one big cake!) of buttercream and smoothed it all out with my offset spatula. We left this cake with a buttercream finish rather than fondant, all the better for little kids to stick their fingers into!
Here she is after she was crumb coated (or as the Cake Boss likes to call it, "dirty iced"):