It was little Joan’s birthday this past weekend, and though she’s only four, she’s already into Barbie dolls (this compared to big sister Jo who’s six and digs cowboys and cowgirls). Mrs. Pastry and I have been trying to put off the Barbie thing, but when Joan asked not only for a Barbie doll for her birthday, but a cake with a fairy on top, it seemed only natural that we should combine the two ideas into a classic Barbie cake.
I’d never done one before, but it was a snap: a nine-inch layer, a thick eight-inch layer baked in a springform pan and a dome-shaped layer baked in a small metal bowl. Trim some edge here, a little more there, cut out a hole for the dolly and ice the whole thing and presto — a Barbie cake. When presented with it, little Joan didn’t hold back: she blew out the four little candles (propped up on the platter with a few blobs of icing) then promptly grabbed the doll by the waist and yanked it straight out. The whole thing seemed to confuse her a little, but in “a good way” as they say.
The down side for me is that the novelty cake bar has now been set fairly high…and six-year-old Jo’s birthday is now just three weeks away. Ideas anyone?