Barbie Cake is the perfect birthday cake for your little girl or whoever really loves Barbie. Bring her Barbie cake dreams to life with this stunning dessert!
The homemade cake batter is full of fresh strawberries and the neon pink frosting is vibrant and fun.
But it is the edible decorations that make it perfect as the cake pops with donuts, macarons, marshmallows, sprinkles and even a real Barbie doll.
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Do not stress too much over the cake design. A Barbie lover will enjoy any pink cake with some sprinkles and a doll on top for their very own Barbie cake.
Time should not be wasted on trying to get it all perfect. Other cake recipes call for different cake decorating tips and Barbie cake ideas, but you can use your imagination and do it your way.
How Barbie Was Created
Barbie, the iconic fashion doll, was created by Ruth Handler, an American businesswoman, and her husband Elliot Handler, a co-founder of the Mattel toy company. Ruth was inspired to create Barbie after observing her daughter, Barbara, play with paper dolls and imagining adult roles for them. She believed that dolls could be more than just baby dolls and saw an opportunity to introduce a doll that represented an adult woman.
The first Barbie doll was introduced to the world at the American International Toy Fair in New York City on March 9, 1959. Barbie was named after Ruth and Elliot Handler’s daughter, Barbara. She was initially marketed as a teenage fashion model and was intended to inspire girls to imagine various adult roles and careers.
Barbie’s success soared, and she quickly became an iconic and beloved toy. Over the years, Barbie has evolved to take on numerous careers, styles, and personas, reflecting changing societal norms and expectations.
And if you aren’t sold on Barbie, a recent study showed that doll play helps with empathy and social skills.
Barbie has remained a symbol of imagination, creativity, and empowerment for generations of children worldwide.
Barbie Cake Recipe
All you need to make this Barbie cake recipe are the ingredients listed here. After you get them all, you can find the exact measurements and directions on the recipe card at the bottom of this page.
For the cake:
- Chopped strawberries
- Unbleached cake flour
- Softened unsalted butter
- Granulated sugar
- Whole buttermilk: At room temperature.
- Large eggs: At room temperature.
- Pure vanilla extract
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
- Kosher salt
For the frosting:
- Heavy whipping cream
- Powdered sugar: Confectioners’ sugar or icing sugar.
- Softened unsalted butter
- Pure vanilla bean paste
- Neon pink gel food coloring
- Kosher salt
For the toppings:
How to make a Barbie cake from scratch?
Preheat and prepare: First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and spray two round cake pans with baking spray. Make sure it is the kind with flour in it. Then line with parchment paper.
Beat it: While you wait for the oven to heat, use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to beat the sugar and butter at medium speed until it is fluffy, about three or four minutes. Stop to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times. Now, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Then beat in the vanilla.
Mix the dry ingredients: In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Combine: After, pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture a little at a time, alternating with buttermilk. Try to begin and end with the flour. Fold the strawberries into the cake batter gently until combined.
Divide and tap: Next, divide the batter between the two prepared pans using a normal cake spatula. Then, tap the pans on the counter to remove the air bubbles.
Bake and cool: Immediately, bake your cakes for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let them cool for 10 minutes before removing them and letting them cool completely on wire racks parchment paper side down.
Make the frosting:
Beat until creamy: While the cake cools, beat the butter and salt on medium speed in your stand mixer with the paddle attachment for about one minute or until it is creamy. Stop to scrape the sides once or twice.
Add sugar and cream: Then, with the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a little at a time alternating with the cream. Try to begin and end with the sugar. Beat until just combined.
Add the rest: Last, beat in the vanilla bean paste and pink food coloring and increase the speed to medium, beating until it is fluffy, for about two minutes. Add more food coloring as needed.
Frost the cake:
Level them out: First, level the layers and discard the parchment paper. A bread knife works great for this. Then, place one cake layer on a cake board or serving plate.
Frost one: Now, spoon 2 1/2 cups of frosting into a Wilton star tip bag and pipe the frosting evenly on top and around the sides of the cake. Just a regular spatula will work for this layer.
Frost the other: Next, place the very top layer on the decorated layer and use another 2 1/2 cups of the frosting to frost this cake in the same way as the first.
Frost the sides: After, add the remaining frosting to the bag and cover the sides of the cake layers well. Use a large offset spatula on the sides to scrape off excess, leaving a very thin layer.
Frost the top: Then, squeeze the rest of the frosting on top and use a spoon or large offset spatula to spread and swirl the frosting. Scrape excess from the sides for a smooth look.
Decorate and chill: Finally, decorate the cake with half of the donut, several macarons, heart marshmallows, sprinkles and a Barbie doll. Add frosting rosettes on top if you like. Chill to set before serving.
- Strawberry frosting: Add some strawberry extract to the frosting to make it taste like strawberries.
- Other colors: Barbie is not just fond of pink. Dress up this Barbie doll cake with other fun colors using purple food coloring gel to make purple frosting or whatever colors you like.
- Different kinds of flour: Feel free to use all-purpose flour or whatever type of flour you have.
- Cake mixes: You can substitute the cake mixture with one of your favorite cake mixes instead.
- Ken Cake: Nobody ever thinks about Ken! Why not make a blue Ken cake to go with this Barbie cake?
- Vanilla extract: If you do not have any vanilla beans, vanilla extract will work just fine.
- Other milk: Instead of buttermilk, feel free to use cream, half and half, or whole milk.
- Build the cake around Barbie: Why not make the cake part of Barbie’s dress and make the doll the star of the show.
How to serve:
Perfect for a birthday cake or any other occasion, this Barbie cake is almost as fun to make as it is to serve and eat. Try one of these fun ideas or share one of your own.
- Add some small palm trees and a pool on top to make it a Malibu Barbie cake. To make a pool, just use some blue frosting.
- Instead of buttercream frosting, you can use fondant or whatever kind of frosting you like.
- When serving, sprinkle all the cake pieces with extra pink sugar for a more decorative look.
- Serve with strawberry ice cream while watching the new Barbie movie.
- This cake goes great with any theme. You can even add some tiny champagne bottles, confetti, and a champagne glass for a bridal shower or some drunk Barbie decorations for a 21st birthday or bachelorette party.
- Add fresh fruit on top like cherries, strawberries, raspberries and whatever else you like.
Frequently asked questions
What is a crumb coat?
This is an important step in decorating any cake. It is just a thin layer of frosting all over the entire cake to keep the cake crumbs from messing up your design. This extra layer of frosting is also good for keeping the whole cake together as well as sealing in the moisture.
What cake-decorating tools do I need for this recipe?
The section for decorating cakes in your grocery store should have all that you need. You can use a piping bag, different piping bag tips, offset spatulas, a cake board, and a rotating cake pedestal. However, if you do not want to get all that, you can make this cake using whatever you have. Even a regular spatula will work for smoothing on the icing and Ziplock baggies will work as a piping bag.
What is the nutrition information in this recipe?
The exact numbers will vary greatly depending on how much frosting you use, the size of the pieces and the toppings. However, with this exact cake, you get 580 calories, 44 grams of fat, 18 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of trans fat, 48 mg of cholesterol, 55 grams of carbs, 278 mg of sodium, and 45 grams of sugar. But it also has 3 grams of protein, 60 units of vitamin A, 44 mg of calcium, and 198 mg of potassium.
How to store leftovers:
- Store: If you have any Barbie cake left over, put it in an airtight container. It will stay fresh in the fridge for three to four days.
- Freeze: To freeze, flash freeze the whole cake for about one hour and then you can carefully wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-safe container. It should stay fresh for three months.
- Thaw: For the best flavor and texture, thaw leftovers in the fridge overnight.
- Cold cakes are easier to decorate. After your cakes are completely cool, let them chill in the fridge for a few hours before frosting.
- Keep Barbie’s hair out of the way with a clip or rubber band.
- Use the double bag technique for easier frosting if you are using more than one color. It is easier to switch from the pink bag to the purple bag instead of just having one decorating bag.
- If you do not have piping bags, you can use Zip lock bags. Just add frosting to the baggie and cut off one corner.
- Barbie cakes do not have to be complicated. Shorten prep time by using a boxed cake mix and premade frosting. Just use normal white frosting and dye it pink or you can get pink frosting.
- To make the Barbie doll cake with the frosted cake dress, use a bundt pan (bundt cake pan) instead of the Barbie cake pan. It is much easier to make the Barbie cake dress this way. Just make a bundt cake and put the iconic doll in the middle instead of using a round biscuit cutter to make a hole in a regular cake. Wrap Barbie in plastic wrap to keep her from getting frosted.
- Use a slightly damp paper towel to wipe the excess frosting off the bottom of the cake plate before making the final touches.
- Save some white frosting to make flowers and other decorations around the edges for a contrasting color look.
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- 1¼ cups unsalted butter, softened
- 2½ cups white granulated sugar
- 5 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 3¾ cups cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ cups buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 cup chopped strawberries, fresh
Pink Vanilla Frosting
- 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon (kosher salt
- 7½-8 cups confectioners’ sugar
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- A few drops of pink gel food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Spray 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with baking spray with lightly sprinkle them with flour. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar, starting at low speed and increasing to medium speed. Beat until fluffy, about 4 minutes, make sure to stop and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Next, add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. After that, beat in vanilla extract.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
- After that, add flour mixture to the butter mixture alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, and beating until well combined after each addition.
- Finally, using a rubber spatula, gently stir in the chopped strawberries.
- Divide the batter between prepared pans and smooth the tops. Tap pans on the counter several times to release air bubbles.
- Bake until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.
- Let the cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes. After that, remove from pans, and let cool completely, on a wire rack.
Make the buttercream:
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and salt at medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Make sure to stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Next, with mixer on low speed, gradually add the confectioners’ sugar alternating with the heavy cream, beginning and ending with confectioners’ sugar. Beat just until combined after each addition.
- After that, beat in vanilla and the pink gel food coloring, check and see the color and add more if needed. Make sure to stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Level the cake layers and discard the parchment paper.
- Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate and top with 2½ cups of frosting. Spread it in an even layer and smooth the top with a small offset spatula.
- Add the remaining cake layer on top. Spoon another 2½ cups frosting, spread it in an even layer and smooth the top with a small offset spatula.
- Spoon remaining frosting into a piping bag and pipe it all over sides of cake, scrape off excess frosting and smooth the frosting. Use the remaining frosting to pipe roses on top of the cake.
- Decorate the cake with a Barbie doll, pink sweets like: donuts, marshmallows, macarons.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 580Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 278mgCarbohydrates: 55gSugar: 45gProtein: 3g
Nutrient values are only estimates provided by online calculators. Various factors can change the nutritional information in any given recipe.