When I saw the trailer for the new Beauty and the Beast movie last week, I flipped out! The effects are insane and I hear there will be a few fun twists to this version. Any who, I've had a Wilton Wonder Mold pan for a while and have been waiting for the right time to use it. This is definitely the right time. So, I made a Belle doll cake. Luckily, the doll that came with the pan looked pretty close to Belle (red lips, brown hair). So I simply put half of her hair in a ponytail and got to work.
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Wilton's Wonder Mold cake pan set (or an oven safe metal bowl)
Frosting (preferably yellow)
Fondant - Yellow, Blue (optional)
Step 1: Bake the Cake
For this cake I used the Wilton doll cake pan, but you can also bake your cake in a bowl. Assemble the cake pan and grease the bowl then pour in batter and bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.
Once the cake has cooled, level the cake by cutting of the dome top, then flip the cake upside down onto a cake board. Next, slice five equal sized grooves around the cake to add shape. Cover the cake in frosting (preferably yellow).
Step 2: Decorate and Drape
Roll out yellow fondant and cut out 5 triangular pyramid shapes that fit into the grooves that you made in the cake. For the first "panel", place one fondant piece over onto the cake, this will be the center of the dress.
For the second panel, cut the second piece of fondant in half and place the bottom half onto the next spot on the cake making sure the bottom of the fondant piece is touching the cake board. Use the top half to create ruffles by carefully folding it in your hand and applying that to the cake slightly overlapping the first piece. If needed, cut out another small triangle to create anther set of ruffles and complete that panel. Repeat for the 3rd and 4th panel as well.
For the fifth panel, follow the same steps that you did for the second. This panel will also be covered in 2 layers of ruffles.
I made one last pyramid shape and cut that in half. I placed the half onto the first center panel then ruffled the bottom edge slightly with my fingers. Make sure that all of the 'panel' edges are completely blended together so that none of the cake shows underneath.
Step 3: Final Touches
Roll out a small amount of blue fondant into a thin strip and use to cover up the remaining cake board.
Roll out a small piece of yellow fondant and cut out the shape for the top of the dress. It should be similar to a heart shape with two straight sides. Place the doll pic in the designated hole on top of the cake and wrap the fondant around the doll. Shape and trim accordingly.
For sleeves, cut two small rectangles out and indent with the back of a knife to create ruffles. Apply them with water onto the shoulder area over the dolls arm to shoulder crease.
Lastly, make a thin strand of fondant and border the top of the dress to give it a clean edge. Use another strand of fondant to create a necklace and roll two small dots for earrings.