DIY: Fairy Princess Cake

by Mrs. Moneysaver on August 3, 2010

Fairy princesses are all the rage right now for my newly 3 year old daughter.  She dresses up like fairy princesses, has a favorite fairy princess book, and loves to hear stories about them.  So it only made sense that she would have a fairy princess cake for her 3rd birthday celebration over the weekend.

In an effort to save money (and admittedly, have a little fun cake decorating), I always make the cakes for my kids’ birthday parties.  But after my daughter’s birthday cake last year took nearly 4 hours to make, I wanted something a little easier. This fairy princess cake turned out to be both frugal and easy!

-1 boxed cake mix or homemade cake batter equivalent
-1 tub frosting (Though I used it on the party’s cupcakes rather than the birthday cake, Naturally Nora makes- hands down- the best tasting store-bought frosting I’ve ever had)
-1 fairy princess- or just plain pricess- doll (I found ours at the Dollar Tree- only $1!).
-1 pack Skittles or other candy for decorating


1.  Preheat oven to 325 F.

2.  Mix cake as instructed.

3.  Grease glass mixing bowl, and pour cake batter neatly into bowl.

4. Cook thoroughly, until cooked through.  This time will vary a bit based on the depth of the mixing bowl you use.  Our cake took about 40 minutes to bake. Inserted a butter knife into the center of the cake to make sure it was done.  (A toothpick will be too short for this job!)

5.  Once done cooking, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.

6. Flip bowl upside down on the cake plate, and gently tap on bowl until cake is released.

Now comes the fun part- decorating the princess dress!

I used food coloring and dyed most of the frosting pink, and frosted the cake’s surface.  Then I inserted the doll into the middle of the cake, up to her waist.  (Most dolls will be too tall for the cake so will need to be amputated.  I had to cut our doll’s feet and lower legs off.)

Next, I used food coloring to dye the rest of the frosting purple.  I used my Wilton decorating tips (first time giving them a try!) to make the “ribbon” around the dress skirt and the waist of the doll. As a finishing touch, I placed a yellow Skittle at each ribbon gather.

While the cake wasn’t perfect, Sadie loved it, and it was both easy to make and inexpensive. Sounds like a winner to me!

Thanks to my friend, Melissa, for sharing this idea with me through her daughter’s birthday party!

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