Like so many other parents that have come before us, our little girls love princesses. Lately it has been Sophia the First. My husband probably didn't think when he was 23 that by the time he was 33 he would know all the plot lines for every episode of this show and actually requesting new episodes be created. However, here we are and we love it. And of course like any parent, we spend a lot of time at Target which entails a trip to the bakery for our free Kid's Cookie. Upon visiting the bakery, M always sees the Barbie doll cake and with big eyes asks if we can get it (every.single.time). So of course for her 3rd birthday we decided to do a Sophia theme and I decided she needed to have a doll cake. Except I promised myself back in July that I wouldn't buy my birthday cakes anymore (see my post about that here).
Make the last box of cake mix and pour into a well sprayed 2 liter Pyrex bowl. Do not mix the cake in the same bowl you intend to cook it in. Then place the bowl in a cake pan and wrap around the bowl with wet towels. The wet towels will prevent the outside of this cake from burning while the inside cooks. You will want to cook the cake at 325ºF and I did it for 30 minutes, checked on it (I used a chop stick to poke the middle each time, don't worry about holes as it will get cut out in the end anyways) and then put in for another 20 minutes, followed by another 25 minutes. Finally it was done. Let cool, remove from bowl and place in the refrigerator.
Now you are almost ready to cut and frost. First, take all your parts and put them in your freezer for 45 minutes. This will help when you cut and frost. This is very important!! (Shout out: Thank you to my mommy friend who passed along these words of wisdom!)
While those are freezing you can be:
Using the star tip for a cake bag, fill it with purple frosting and set aside. Using the round tip for a cake bag, fill it with white frosting and set aside.
Take off Sophia's clothes and wrap her in saran wrap. Put her hair in a ponytail and make sure her arms are up.
Once the cakes are done freezing:
Now time to stack the cakes. Use one can of white frosting for this. Place one 9-inch cake on serving plate; spread thin layer of frosting over top. Top with second 9-inch cake; spread with thin layer of frosting. Then I cut out the circle in the center (measure exact diameter with your doll) and pulled out that cake hole. Repeat with third layer and forth layer, and cut of another circle for those two layers. I found cutting hte circles for two cakes and pulling them out was easier then cutting down all four layers of the cake and attempin to pull out the center. Lastly, is the Pyrex bowl cake. I cut out my hole before placing it on top of that 4th round. After you cut out the whole, place the Pyrex bowl cake on top of the 4th round, cut side down. Trim side of cake if necessary (I did not find is necessary).