Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Come On Barbie, Let's Go Party

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

It all started with those kitschy toilet-paper cover dolls:

I think every grandmother was required by law to make enough of these things for her family to cover a mountain of TP. (My personal favorite was our red-dressed flamenco dancer. You?) After this was done, those dear crafty souls had to come up with new ways to use their stockpile of doll torsos.

Enter: the doll cake!

It was understandable when at first children assumed they were being served yarn and TP. Here Jenn L. is saying, "How about you put that over there and go fetch me my real cake, before someone throws a hissy, Ok?"

Fast forward 30 years or so, and doll cakes have come a long way. Why, just look at all the diverse styles they come in now!

The "Hawaiian Shaving Brush":


The "Easy-Chair-Under-Her-Dress":

("My lap! My lap! My lap is on FI-YUR!")

The "I'm-a-Little-Teapot":


The "Girls-Shouldn't-Have-ALL-the-Fun":



And the ever popular "Climb Every Mountain":


Cherie, Andrea M., Sanne, & Cattie P., all together now: "Life in plastic - it's fantastic!"
«Oldest   ‹Older   201 – 238 of 238   Newer›   Newest»
Anonymous said...

never tell ken he can be in a cake EVER!!!!!1

Patty L. said...

kitschy: I love that word... I had to look it up so see what the heck it meant!

Toni said...

Until she passed away when I was five, my grandmother made me a doll cake for every birthday. I really wish I had a photo.

frosty said...

At a recent 7 year pld party there was a fairy-doll cake and candle were put in the skirt of the cake... Imagine the faces of the horrified 7 year olds as the fairy went up in flames..hair, wings, arms... you expect a little melted wax on your cake, not so much melted fairy...

Dani said...

I just recently made a doll cake for my niece and posted about it! :) I hope mine doesn't look like a wreck. These pictures cracked me up! Especially the one with the easy-chair under her dress and her lap on fire! Anyway, if you want to check out my cake- go here: http://danisdailydrop.blogspot.com/2009/04/pretty-girl-birthday-cake.html

Flüf said...

The "I'm-a-little-teapot"'s skirt wouldn't be that bad if it was a solid blue (I mean the wrinkles are fine) and the top part wasn't so bloaty, but from the top up...

OH GOSH!

Katy said...

Has anyone else noticed that the Hawaiian Barbie cake doll has frosting in her hair? I wonder how they'll get THAT out - you wouldn't really want to lick it off now, would you?

Leslie Linda said...

Hahaha! They are somehow very mesmerizing to the eyes, i can see that. :D

Anonymous said...

I did a Cinderella cake for my daughter's 4th birthday. The cake was georgeous, but when my little girl pulled the doll out of the cake and started licking the frosting bodice off, I realized that doll cakes are very, very wrong...

Anonymous said...

My aunt has made both the crocheted versions and the cake version. Hers are/were actually sort of cool compared to these.

Anonymous said...

OMG! For my 21st birthday my dorm mates made two of those cakes one girl one boy. the girl was upside down wearig a pipe cleaner thong and the guy was upside down naked! man that was a good bday.

jane

Anonymous said...

AHHH! JANE! The same thing happened to me! except only one cake two naked dolls male and female the cake only came up to the knees. GREAT DAY!

KRISTEN

cindeb said...

My mom was our local amateur community cake-maker, and she had the Wilton doll cake set (the mini one with 4 cakes and 4 dolls, not the bigger single one). It was much less trashy to use the kit, since the skirt shape didn't turn out looking like a TP cover. Plus the dolls were attached to picks so they didn't start leaning like 1/2 a barbie does.

I loved making those doll cakes as a kid; in fact, I inherited that set when I moved away from home (those plastic dolls do NOT age well!)

Mom, however, did not generally use the kit to make doll cakes. She bought the kit specifically for the pan, which she used in tandem with the Wilton T-shirt pan to make her famous boobie cake. (She'd often fill the other 2 "boobies" with batter so I could make doll cakes while she made her boobie cake. Usually the only colours of icing to use would be "skin" and "nipple," though.)

I'm TOTALLY NOT a professional cake maker, but a couple of years ago some friends and I used those pans to make a 2-tiered, 4-breasted cake for Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stevens' yellow wedding. Topped with 4 very perky yellow breasts.

My mom specialised in getting a lot of mileage out of those cake pans. the boobie cake was usually for bachelor parties, and for bachelorettes, she would use the guitar pan. (You'll just have to use your imagination.)

- Cindeb

Anonymous said...

seriously, pretty much ALL of my birthday cakes were like those hehe. i like them... they're kinda weird, yah, but they bring back happy memories for my. fyi, mine weren't as awkward as the picture ones, and i never had a ken cake. although now i sorta wish i had!!

relativelycrazyfanaticalavianamerican said...

I had a barbie cake when I was three. The only problem was, I wanted a Hotwheels cake. Yes, I'm a girl.

Miss Lexy said...

My younger sister had one of those cakes for about three birthdays.

By the time my birthday came out, Mum chucked out the giant mountain dress and just assembled a Barbie on top of a flat cake. That was a pretty rocking cake.

Flump Me said...

Usually I manage to stop myself laughing out loud at the cake wrecks... this is a valuable skill learned back in the days of ICT teaching when it's a REALLY bad idea to laugh when a teen boy is telling you his 3" floppy caught a virus... but the Ken in a skirt with a c**k ring? That is still making me laugh, and I'm not even LOOKING!

I need kids, so I can make them a doll cake.

Jeni said...

Ironically, my 4 year old has been begging for a dolly cake for her next birthday.

Caitlin said...

oh my gosh!!! my grandma used to makes those cakes! but hers were way prettier than these (atleast to me). i want one :(

Anonymous said...

Those cakes are tragic poor children!!!

Rawhide Almond Maché said...

I know the bakery that makes those "Ken doll drag cakes" (unsurprisingly, it's in San Francisco) as they have them out on display on a picture window, along with cakes that would have to be censored here! No, I don't know anyone who actually ordered one!

Dreamer said...

Late to the party, but now I'm just thinking about the year my step-mom got me a Barbie cake for my birthday. I was probably between eight and ten, and the thing I remember best was gleefully licking all the frosting off the doll. I was just old enough to get a kick out of the concept that I was licking frosting off Barbie's chest.. And yes, I am a girl. ;)

Fun times!

Liane said...

Aw, I really wanted one of those doll cakes as a kid! My cool friend had one and I was so sad that all I got were lame cakes my mom made. This brings back great memories of childhood envy. :P

Katie Cupcake said...

I tried to make one of these for my little sister once. I believe I was 14 and thought that the round dress could be made with a bundt cake pan. I borrowed one of lil sis's barbies and let's just say that the barbie was taller then the cake so the dress looked like it flounced of her thigh area, definitely nowhere near her waist.

I wanted to throw it away right then but our mom made me serve it to lil sis in front of the whole family. She's now the age I was when I made it and still likes to remind me of it just to see me squirm.

Paige said...

"My lap! My lap! My lap is on FI-YUR!" NEVER fails to crack me up. I've been to this one page a gazillion times and I ALWAYS laugh at that one.

Munchkinland said...

Oh my I can't stop looking at the Ken doll cake....it gives a whole new meaning to fruitcake, makes you wonder what they stuffed under that dress....

I'm never giving my kids a barbie cake after this! lol

whizkidforte said...

Hahahahahahahaha - I love Wilton, especially with their doll picks used in conjunction with their Wonder Molds!!!

Ang said...

I like how the easy chair barbie has a highlighter marker neon pink rose plunked down on her lap like that is going to compensate for a disaster done in sugar! And now I feel this strange urge to make a drag queen ken cake!

victoriansweets

Paige said...

How awesome would a drag-queen Ken cake be? Eleventy-nine awesomes, that's how awesome.

whirlofwings said...

The "Climb Every Mountain" cake is hilarious!

Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I made a princess cake like this (but much better!) for my daughter's birthday. She saw one at the grocery store bakery and had to have it for her princess party. Can you believe the grocery store bakery sells them for $60 and it's not even a real doll inside.

shamare said...

Looking at these made me remember the Barbie Doll cake I made my daughter. I wish I had a picture of it.

tavo14 said...

I wish I had a picture, but when I was a little girl, my mom ordered a "doll cake", supposedly like those above. Instead, the lady got us a cute (but weird) dog cake with head phones??

Caitlin said...

My older sister got a Barbie cake for her 1st birthday (she is now 22). We have this event on tape, so I have seen it many times. She wasn't allowed sugar until she turned one, so upon seeing the "dolly" she gave it a BIG hug... and ruined the cake. Gotta beware of those cakes pretending to be play things!

Anonymous said...

Oh..the memories!
condensed version:
2nd grade, Mom made me a gorgeous doll cake. Candles around the bottom of the skirt part, she lights the candles and carries the cake to the table..by the time she gets there the dolls hair is on fire...burning like a torch! A house full of screaming 7 year olds.
This is the same birthday that a girl came up at lunchtime and asked if my party was still on for after school..when I asked why she said her Mom called and wanted to know because our house was on fire earlier. HUH?!!! I called my Mom in tears...Dryer fire..damage only in part of the basement, yes the party is still on. And then... the same girl (who was a snobby thing)gave me "Toilet Water" as a gift...at 7 I had no idea and coud only assume it was water from the toilet.
Birthdays... who needs em?

Cupcakes Lady said...

hahaha these are great. Imagine being at the party. Magic! xx

Anonymous said...

*gasp, wheeze* The 'lap is on fire' and the Ken cakes made me laugh so hard, tears sprang to my eyes and I started to hyperventelate.

Blu

Viper said...

My friend Allie's doll cake's hair caught if fire and set the entire cake on fire. This reminded me.

«Oldest ‹Older   201 – 238 of 238   Newer› Newest»