Yield: Approx. 25 servings
- 3 boxed cake mixes, fully prepared
- Any cake mix will work -- I used devil's food cake
- 32 tbsp butter
- 22 cups powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 tbsp vanilla
- Food coloring, as desired
- 18-22 tbsp milk
- 1 barbie doll, clothes removed and preferably with the hair up.
- Prepare the cake mixes as indicated on the box. For two mixes, bake in 4x 9" round pans. For the third mix, bake in an oven-safe round mixing bowl.
- Cool the cake mixes and level them off.
- For the frosting, cream the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and food color. Add milk until smooth. If you don't have a mixer large enough to do this in one batch, split into several batches.
- Cut a small hole in the center of each cake layer. This will accomodate the doll later.
- Build the cake starting with the round layers. Frost between each layer and build it into a small tower. Next, invert the rounded cake and place on top.
- Put a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake. This is a crumb coat, so it doesn't have to look good yet -- it just has to cover the whole cake and hold it all together. Also, place a generous amount of frosting inside the center hole.
- Place the cake in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to help the frosting set.
- Spread a generous layer of frosting over the entire cake. The crumb coat should hold in the cake, so this layer will look nicer.
- Wrap the barbie doll in plastic wrap up to the chest and then insert in the middle of the cake. Use extra frosting to hold in place if necessary.
- Finalize decoration. I recommend piping some frosting onto the top half of barbie to complete the "dress" and putting candies over the body of the cake.
- Tip: The cake settled a little bit overnight and separated from the top of the "dress," giving barbie a midriff. Keep some extra frosting in case you need to touch it up immediately before serving.