Something very special and easy for all the Frozen fans out there, my version of a Princess Elsa Cake. Here I share my step by step process of how to make this cake.
My daughter recently had a Frozen birthday party for her 4th Birthday – if you have young children or know of some chances are you have heard of this movie and they simply cannot “Let it Go”! And with the release of Frozen two coming out I thought it was the perfect time to share more ideas with you.
So I was tasked with creating a blue and white wonderland of a party for her and we had so much fun. The final task was to come up with a birthday cake for her and despite my suggesting lots of easier cakes she was insistent that I give her a Princess Elsa cake and she loved what I came up with. Best of all it was pretty simple, all I needed were the right equipment and a bit of time.
Piping buttercream in this way is the easiest icing you can do – it looks amazing and negates the need for trying to get things smooth and perfect. Imperfections are pretty easily hidden!
I used my Grandmas Wondercake Recipe but my Easy Rich Chocolate Cake would be perfect too, and made two cakes – one in a round cake tin and the other in a glass bowl. You then have to choose the doll – we just used a Barbie but if you have her the original Princess Elsa would look great! A bit of hairstyling and a wee tiara and Barbie looked the part!
Once I had made the cakes I allowed to completely cool overnight. I level both of the cakes and using a cookie cutter cut out a hole in the exact middle of each cake, for the taller bowl cake you can cut from the top and bottom of cake with circle cookie cutter to get whole centre clear.
I then wrapped Barbie’s lower half in plastic wrap and inserted her into the cake – you will need a doll that is not too tall or short so test it first before you begin icing. My doll was quite tall so if you look closely you will see that I built the dress up to cover more of her body.
The clothes and cape of Elsa were made out of an old fairy dress of my daughters and some super glue – fancy stuff here at Just a Mum!! 😉
I iced the bottom tier round cake in a crumb layer of light blue buttercream icing (link to my buttercream recipe HERE) and then placed the bowl shaped tier in top and iced all over that in the same icing – smoothing the bottom and top tiers completely. You will need 3 or 4x my icing recipe to complete this doll.
The plan was for me to make her gown in decreasing shades of blue – in the end there are just 3 shades and these are not as nicely blended as I would have hoped but as our buttercream icing is still quite creamy in colour blue is harder to achieve. You you can always use shortening in place of butter for a whiter buttercream. However, you get the idea!
Using a small star shaped nozzle I began with small “rose” pattern, where you start in the middle of the swirl and pipe around that starting point – and repeat! I began at the bottom of her dress and did one band of the gown the darkest colour, then two of the next shade, then finished the dress the lightest shade. I had to build up the top of her skirt near her Torso with buttercream and let that set before finishing the swirls at her waist. Take your time, assess what you need to do before you begin each layer so you have the right amount of room and buttercream.
I had earlier made snowflake fondant embossed cut-outs so used these around the lower part of her gown as you can see in the picture – I then sprinkled the entire gown with a blue sugar crystal from our local cake store to give some interest and shine to the finished product.
Once the gown was completed and set I added the cape to Princess Elsa (with super glue because I am classy like that!) and we are done!
If you have any questions about any of the components of this cake please feel free to ask, I will get back to you as soon as I can and am more than happy to help in any way I can.
We had so much fun with this party, so many ideas to share!
I am Just a Mum not a professional cake maker, at the end of the day the kids love any effort you make so it is all about just having fun and doing your best for your little ones. There are several tutorials on You Tube for this type of doll cake and also for piping with buttercream and I always recommend checking these out before you begin for other tips and tricks.
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Umer Idrisi says
Hey, thanks for this, I will let my little princess know about it today. Regards!
Chelsey Anderson says
I was going to try this cake for my daughters 3rd birthday. I was curious how big of a glass bowl you used and if the round cake tin was just a standard sized one? It looks bigger than ones I have in the picture so I wanted to find out before I attempted it! Thank you!! Any other specific advice on how to get the different colored frosting would be helpful too. I have a lot of different types of food coloring that I can try.
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! The cake tin was a standard size and luckily the glass mixing bowl we had fit it perfectly. You could always just make 2-3 standard cakes and trim it to the desired shape if you did not have a glass bowl – just keep in mind the height of the dolls legs – Barbie is very tall lol! For the frosting, I make a huge batch as better to have more than less, tint it all a lovely light colour that you are happy with, then remove a few different lots into bowls to progressively tint darker each time. I used gel as I find it gives a lovelier colour, but liquid ok too. Please feel free to reach out to me via email or my facebook page as you are working on it and I will help you where possible! email@example.com or http://www.facebook.com/justamumnz Happy to help, Anna 😀
Hello can we have the recipe you used for this Elsa cake please? I’ve looked at your chocolate cake recipe but always find the liquid ones more like a wet mud cake and my little girl doesn’t like those ones. Thanks in advance I’m making Elsa for my daughters 4th birthday party this Sunday!!
Hi I am so so sorry that I never replied to this message! I have been out of the country and my messages did not always get through! I use my Grandmas Wonder cake recipe – but I would also recommend using the Vanilla Cupcake Recipe I have here on this page – https://justamumnz.com/2014/02/09/vanilla-cupcakes-recipe-finally/ Bit late now but I hope the party was a success and if you did make the cake I would love to see it! 😀
Mrs. AOK says
I cannot LET IT GO, this cake has to be pinned! Thank you for sharing via Mommy Monday!
Thank you! 😀
My daughter is leaning over my shoulder right now telling me that she wants this cake for her birthday!
Aww Michelle, that is so sweet. Hope you give it a try! 🙂 I am here if you have any questions! 🙂
Oh my gosh, this is beautiful! I wish I was more artistic and meticulous; my daughter would absolutely love this! Your instructions are great though, so who knows, I might even be able to swing it. Thanks for linking up at the Social Media Mixer 🙂
Toni @ Finding Myself Young says
That cake looks amazing! I’ve seen quite a few Elsa cakes floating around the internet and this one is the best I’ve seen so far.
Thank you Toni – that is so nice of you to say. 🙂
You did a great job on the cake. Love those rosettes on the dress and the colors are beautiful!
Thanks Rachel 🙂
Travis Ross says
This is amazing. I didn’t remember seeing this a few days ago, but wow. Just wow. My little girls would flip out if we wheeled this out at a party. Shared on Facebook so everyone else can stare in wonder as well, lol.
Thank you so much, its much easier than it looks! Thanks too for sharing and stopping by! 🙂 Anna
Dannielle @ Zamamabakes says
This cake is beautiful. Great job! I did a frozen slab cake earlier in the year for our little 3 year old and she loved it! It is great fun putting smiles on our little ones faces! Have a great weekend!
Thank you, it is so fun to make their cakes. A Spider-Man cake is this weekends plan, bit nervous about that one! 🙂 thanks for stopping by
The doll cake…. a throwback to preschool in the 80s for me!!!
I know – was very much a part of my childhood too! 😉
Hi Anna, the cake looks fantastic!! Wow you created a fairy wonderland party that’s made with a mothers love, just perfect!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you so much Mary for your comment and checking out the site xo 🙂
Sandy Honeyman says
Great job on the cake Anna ♡
I wish I still had a little girl so I could make these beautiful cakes – my daughter is 26
But my gorgeous grandson loves the cars , trains & spooky castles I have made for him
He is having a circus theme this year 🙂
Thanks you 🙂 Ooh a circus theme would be lovely! Your other cakes sound great, they honestly just love anything we do. This week I have to make a lego cake and spiderman, so fingers crossed I can make something work with those! 😉