A Little Princess Party

Tartlet 3 just turned 5 yesterday so we had a little princess party. All the girls love the Princess Barbie cakes and each time we pass The Grocery bakery they oooh and aaah over them. So one day as I was putting away dishes from the dishwasher I had a stroke of genius — what if I used the little Polly Pocket princess dolls and baked cupcakes in my little custard cups for the skirt? Then each kid could have her own princess cake *and* instead of spending several dollars per kid on some plastic toy junk and candy for the goody bags, they could take home their dolls which they are likely to want to play with. And that’s how I dreamed up most of a day’s work for myself in party preparation! I was quite fortunate to find that Meijer had the little princess dolls on a 30% off sale. Woot!

The one thing I did to simplify my day was to make the cakes from a mix, because kids are usually far more interested in the frosting than the cake anyway. I mixed a box of white and a box of devil’s food and made marbled cupcakes. It made 15 or 16 custard cup cakes. Additionally, I made a small batch of chocolate gluten free cupcakes (I ended up with 7 of those) because one guest is allergic. Using a template from Open Office, I made flowers from wax paper that would be large enough to hold each cupcake, so I could easily transfer them from the decorating tray to the serving tray to the kids’ plates. I also made one that was a different shape so I could tell which was gluten free because I was sure I’d forget once I started frosting them. I decorated them using mostly the colors that matched the doll, but no two were exactly the same — because that would be such a fashion faux pas! (Not to do with the fact that I didn’t think I could make two that looked the same, naturally!) 😉 I found it a little difficult to get the base coat on the dresses because my spatula was a bit large for all the curves, but it turned out well enough for a 5 yr old.

And, you know, just because 14 little princesses wasn’t over the top enough, I baked some leftover batter in a candy mold and decorated a mini birthday cake. I used one of the extra cupcakes to hold the candle.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

1/2 c. white sorghum
1/2 c. white rice flour
1 c. sugar
5 Tbsp. cocoa
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c. buttermilk or soured milk
1/4 c. shortening
1 egg
1 t. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour baking pan or custard cups.

Measure all ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Beat, scraping the bowl, until mixed and then beat for 2 minutes on high speed.

Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool. Decorate as desired.

More princess cake pictures after the jump.

32 Responses

  1. How cute is that? I don’t know how you do it but that is the cutest idea ever. I know the girls loved them! Great job!!!!!

  2. They are so fantastic! What great idea 🙂

  3. Very, very nice idea! I like your princesses, and will keep the idea in mind for my three daughters. You said “decorate as desired”, but what did you decorate it with?

  4. So cute! You did a fantastic job and they look so seamless.

  5. Wow, you have a lot of patience to do so many! I only did one for my daughter!
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

  6. Too adorable! We just bought one of those Princess cakes, too. This would have been much more darling.

  7. These are adorable. What a great idea to use polly pockets. I’m sure the girls will remember these cakes whenever they play with their new dolls. So sweet!

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  10. Very cute idea!!

  11. i love this!!! where did you buy the little princesses?

  12. I would love to do these for my daughter’s 5th birthday coming up next month, I did a barbie-sized Tangled one last year and it was a major undertaking, I love the mini ones! What type of cupcake pan did you use to make the cakes? They look a little bigger than my standard pan. Thanks!

  13. What I want to know more than anything else was how they ate them lol????

  14. Also after the cupcake is done cooking do you just shove the doll down into the cupcake???

  15. My daughter saw this picture……..I will send you a photo of mine, they’re sure to look much different from yours. Super cute idea.

  16. Just wondering…so you baked these in custard cups as if they were cupcakes (baking time wise)? Did you alter anything else from the boxed recipe??

    Thank you for posting this!! They are ADORABLE 🙂

  17. So cute! I can’t wait to make these for my grandaughters 1st birthday.

  18. Fantastic idea!!!

  19. Call me stupid but how so you make the dress part !!?

  20. where did you buy the disney polly pocket princess dolls for the cupcakes

  21. I see how to make the dresses and decorate. What I’m confused about is how to get the dolls in/on. Are they inserted into the cake it set on top??? They’re really cute! Great job. I am hoping to make them for my daughters party in 9 days, so please let Me know ASAP. Thanks

  22. I was just at the local party store and seen princess figurines on sale for 50 cents each! Thanks for the idea my daughter is turning 3 and is going to love these:)

  23. thanks for the idea good job girl

  24. This is amazing. What a great idea. Going to do this for my daughter’s 4th birthday!

  25. Oh my gosh, these are fantastic!! My daughter would love these for her upcoming birthday. Thanks for the idea!

  26. Awesome idea—-this is just a fantastic idea and I can’t wait to try it!!!!!

  27. I love your idea of individual cakes! I hope I can find the dolls at our Meijer.

  28. this is a wonderful idea and couldnt wait to try it …it turned out awesome but i had only two dolls belle and cinderalla that too my daughters already owned i want to try other princessess too but cant find the dolls.

  29. These mini-cakes are adorable!

  30. So adorable!! Love those! Where did you get all the Polly pockets? Because all the ones I have found or in a pack of 1 ea or less and for at least $30 or individual and at leave $6 ea. did you get yours cheaper some where?

  31. They are amazing!

  32. Can anyone tell me where I can find the dolls at ?

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