I believe every little girl should have a doll cake once during her childhood, so I was thrilled to make this cake for our friend Emma's 5th birthday. I baked this strawberry cake in a Wilton doll cake pan and iced it smooth with pink buttercream icing. I slipped the doll pick into the cake and covered the bodice with pink icing stars and tiny white ruffles. I covered the skirt with delicate cornelli lace and finished off the hem with two layers of ruffles and beads of icing. Sprays of rose buds and icing ribbons completed this little girl's dream come true. (You can click on the photo to enlarge the collage. I wanted to photograph details on the back of the cake, but I get so tickled every time I look at the doll posing for her over-the-shoulder shot!)
The girls loved joining their friend Emma for her birthday party at Club Libby Lu, and riding the train together afterward was the perfect end to the celebration.