You can make Wilton doll cakes using the special Wilton Wonder Mold kit. Bake cakes in the bell shape of a ball gown using the Wonder Mold. Add to your bell-shaped cake a preformed doll torso that comes with the kit. You can then decorate your creation with fondant to replicate the glamour of any ball gown. Fondant icing comes ready-made in different colours, and you can paint it to replicate the shimmer of satin or silk. The icing is so malleable that it makes decorating easy.
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Things you need
- Cake batter
- Wonder Mold kit
- 8" spatula
- Cake board
- Rolling pin
- Fine-tip artist brush
- Craft knife
- Doll picks
- Lustre dust
- Grain alcohol
- Food colouring
- 2041gr ready-to-use white rolled fondant
- Buttercream icing
- Confectioner's sugar
- Aerosol butter spray
Grease the inside of the Wilton Wonder mould with shortening. Dust the interior with flour. Insert the metal heat-conducting rod into the centre of the mould. Pour in the cake batter. Fit the cake mould stand onto the rod and secure it to the mould. Bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes at 177 degrees Celsius. Set the mould on the cooling rack when the cake is finished baking.
Remove the cake from the mould. Cut a thin, flat layer of cake from the widest base of the cake. Establishing a thin, flat base for the cake will give it stability. Set the cake on a cake board. Spread a thin layer of buttercream icing over the exposed areas of the cake. The layer of buttercream should be thin enough that crumbs show through the icing. This technique is sometimes called "crumb icing" or "dirty icing."
Scrape off any excess icing, as too much icing will cause the fondant to fall off later. Place the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set the icing.
Separate portions of ready-made fondant into different balls roughly the size of a fist. Knead the fondant to make it supple for rolling. Add one or two drops of food colouring to each ball to make different colours. Fondant absorbs colour well. Choose a single colour for the base of the dress. Select additional colours to make different decals or designs for the dress.
Pack each portion of fondant into a ball. Dust the sides with confectioner's sugar. Roll out each fondant ball on a flat surface using a rolling pin. Each ball should be rolled into a thin sheet so that it will melt into the buttercream icing on the cake. Roll the base colour of fondant loosely around the rolling pin.
Cut shapes from the other colours of fondant to create trim, belts, headbands, necklaces, earrings and the torso pieces of the dress. The torso of the doll is naked, so you must design a top for the gown. You can cut, mould and shape fondant into any design you desire.
Remove the cake from the refrigerator. Unroll the base layer of fondant over the cake. Smooth the fondant down, pressing out any bubbles or wrinkles. Alternatively, arrange the fondant to create a flowing effect for the dress. You can easily manipulate fondant to create any desired effect. Trim off the excess fondant.
Insert the doll torso into the top centre of the cake. Paint a small amount of water on the back of the fondant torso pieces. This makes the fondant sticky. Attach the torso pieces of the fondant directly onto the torso of the doll as desired. Paint a small amount of water onto the other decals and apply as desired. Use the blunt end of the paintbrush or a fondant decorating tool to add texture to the dress and trim.
Create a liquid glitter by mixing lustre dust with a small amount of grain alcohol. Paint it over the cake where you want a sparkle, such as in the ruffles of the gown or over the decals and accessories of the doll.
Spray the fondant with aerosol butter spray to create a shine effect over the entire cake. This technique also brings out colour vibrancy to make the fondant "pop" visually.
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