Well.. this has taken.. I think 5 years (?!) for me to finally make.. many moons ago, Pip Squeak had a Barbie Doll Cake (well an Elsa Doll Cake) for her Birthday. And at the time, I thought it would be fun, to make the same cake again, but as an easy Halloween cake version. Instead of an Elsa Doll or a Barbie Doll.. just use a Monster’s High Doll? Alternatively… “redress” and old barbie doll from the charity shop and turn it into your own Day of the Dead or Zombie Barbie doll creation (check out Crafts by Amanda’s great Zombie Barbies!). Those of you that know me, I class myself as an amateur baker.. I am not really that good.. but like to have a go anyway.. and am always looking for easy cak decorating ideas for kids!! Hopefully, you will like this easy Halloween Cake for Kids and will agree with me, that it is indeed EASY!! Ha. Who knows. Maybe I am dillusional. Or maybe you think my cake is a bit rubbish (haha again).. when I start searching Halloween Doll Cake.. i suddenly think mine is a bit inferior!
Regardless. This website is all about INSPIRATION. Having a go! And enjoying the process. And to be honest… I did! And I like this Monster High Cake and wanted to share it with you! Enough waffle. Let’s get on with it!
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The basic cake
- We made our favourite vanilla cake – 1.5 x the usual size
- We also decided to make the cake purple (see below for food colouring)
- Bundt tin – bundt tins are good for large cakes, as they help the centre to bake better – so you avoid a soggy middle, you could make a set of smaller cakes and stake them if you wish… (e.g. get these Bundt Cake Tins US/ UK)
- We also covered this basic cake in a chocolate ganache – mainly to help keep it fresh, as I made the cake a day early
Halloween Cake Decorating Materials
- A Monster’s High Doll (we got a second hand off ebay!)
- Food coloring (we went for a lovely Sugar Flair Purple – get some here US/ UK)
- Ready to roll fondant icing (big pack)
- Tin foil
- Cling film
- Purple ribbon
How to decorate a cake for Halloween with a Monster’s High Doll
Watch our quick and simple video.. or read the approach below!
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Bake your cake and let cool fully. We made our vanilla cake purple!
As mentioned above, I decided to cover it in chocolate ganache in order to help keep it fresh, as I baked it a day earlier than I usually would. But the chocolate ganache is not strictly speaking necessary.
In the meantime prepare your fondant icing. I wanted to create purple fondant… so took a “handful” of fondant icing and mixed in the purple food coloring. No real science – but a little for the light purple, a medium amount (tip of a knife) for medium and lots (2 tips of the knife) for the dark purple. The dark purple will colour your fingers! Teehee. Wrap well in clingfilm and set aside. You will actually need a little more of the dark purple, than the light.. but I just about was able to make it stretch. Essentially though, I devided the packed into 4 pieces – keeping one white.
Also wrap your doll’s legs and hair, so they don’t get dirty or in the way!
I then decided that the doll’s legs were rather long…. and I couldn’t take them off (as with our Elsa Cake!), I also didn’t want a HUGE STASH of cake (much harded to cook, without it condensing in the middle and squishing down to a solid mess). So I improvised with tin foil. Most professionals would have replaced the tin foil with a rice crispy mix! Which I think is a great idea, but I was short on time (and didn’t have any rice crispies).
Once your doll is inserted in the cake and surrounded by additional tin foil, cover the bottom layer in jam and roll out your dark purple icing!
Roll out your fondant, to about 10-15cm width and nice and long. Then cut rectangles out to slowly attached to your doll – i.e. we did NOT put one long strip on, which would have been difficult to handle. But approximately 5 lots with overlapping folds. Use icing sugar to “flour your surface” and avoid your fondant sticking.
Repeat with the other colours.
When I got to the top, I realised I would need a white layer (I did anticipate this happening so had some white left over too). And add a white layer.
Now your basic doll is dressed for Halloween!
I squished down the foil peeping out over the top. And created a purpler “rim” with some leftover fondant icing to hide it. It can be in any colour you have left!
Add a ribbon.
Unwrap the Monster High Doll’s hair.. and DONE!
Playing with the ligh!
One more photo for luck!!
Happy Halloween Everyone!!! Hope you all have a fabulous time.