Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" is a popular theme for a little girl's birthday cake, as Belle is one of the Disney princesses. Belle is often pictured in the elaborate yellow ballgown worn during the dance scene in the "Beauty and the Beast" animated film. Beginners to cake decorating should keep in mind that some decorating techniques take a great deal of time to perfect. Thankfully, perfection is not necessary to make an identifiable Belle cake and impress young fans.
Things you need
- Wilton Wonder Mould
- Brunette doll pick
- Buttercream icing
- Yellow fondant
- Rolling pin
- Small paintbrush
- Rubber band
Use the wonder mould to bake cake batter. This will form the bottom of Belle's dress. Allow the cake to cool completely before beginning to decorate.
Insert the brunette doll pick into the top of the cake.
Ice the cake with a thin layer of buttercream icing.
Roll out the yellow fondant with a rolling pin. If you cannot find yellow fondant, white fondant can be tinted with yellow food colouring paste. Work the paste into the fondant with your hands until it is uniform in colour. Do not use liquid food colouring, as it will change the texture of the fondant.
Drape the fondant around the cake and smooth it with your hands. Trim off the excess and continue to smooth and trim the fondant until the dress has achieved a satisfactory appearance.
Wrap some of the fondant on the body of the doll pick to form a bodice. Remember that Belle's dress is an off-the-shoulder fashion, so think of a tube top which extends down to the skirt when forming the base of the bodice. Once you have formed the tube top, take a piece of fondant and roll it into a snake. Wrap this snake loosely around the top of the tube top and around Belle's shoulders until the ends meet on her back. In order to make the fondant stick, wet a paintbrush with a little water and apply it to the pieces of fondant where they meet. Use a knife to gently make little lines in this snake so that it has the appearance of fabric.
Belle has roses on the skirt of her dress, with ruffles underneath them. Roll out some more of the fondant and cut it into 6 mm (1/4 inch) narrow strips. You can make simple roses by rolling up these strips tightly until a basic rosebud has formed. Make eight of these rosebuds and use the wet paintbrush to apply them about 1/3 of the way down the skirt at even intervals all the way around Belle's dress.
Cut more strips of fondant to form the ruffles. These should be 6 mm to 1.2 cm (1/4 to 1/2 inch) thick. Start in the back so that no one will notice the seams, and use the paintbrush to wet the area directly under a rosebud. Press the end of the fondant strip into place under the rosebud. Now, drape the strip so that it hangs down between the rosebuds while securing it directly under each bud. It's OK if the strips twist a bit while you are doing this -- that will give them the appearance of actual fabric. Continue to place more strips in this way down to the bottom of the dress to give it a full and ruffled appearance.
Pull back Belle's hair into a ponytail with a rubber band. Once you are happy with the style, cut a small piece of fondant and use it to cover the rubber band.
Tips and warnings
- Be aware that gloves are very difficult to create on a doll pick. The fondant will need to be rolled extremely thinly and carefully moulded to the doll pick's arms and hands.
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