Frozen Princess Cake Elsa

The Frozen Elsa cake! YAY!

This was probably my biggest challenge of all my Princess cakes (see also Merida, Rapunzel and Tiana), but she and Anna turned out pretty great!

Out of all my cakes this is the one I wish I had more time on, the one I’d consider doing again just to get ALL that I want done.  Anyone else doing a Frozen party this year?

tutorial to create your own Elsa princess cake for your Frozen birthday party

There was never a question about which dress to do, but the question was HOW to do it!  It’s a slinky little number, really no room for cake, so of course the skirt needed to be much fuller so there was something to eat.  BUT to give the illusion of slinkiness (is that a word) I went as A line as I could with one deep carved “ripple” to give the illusion of the slit.

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Start with a 12 inch Elsa doll (sorry I didn’t have one when I started working on the cakes – they are HARD to find), a Wonder Mold cake and a second cake, an 8 inch round.  The wonder mold cake by itself isn’t tall enough for the dolls legs.  My chocolate cake is very DENSE, which is best for carving, but it tends to shrink a bit too, making it even SHORTER.  So the extra height is necessary (unless you tear the dolls legs off)

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Use Ganache to stick the cake layers together.  Then wrap the dolls legs in plastic…

  1. to keep their legs together do they don’t separate while going into the cake
  2. keep the cake food safe, and the doll clean.

Then stick the doll into the cake.  I cut a small hole into the cake first to guide the legs. I like to put the doll in BEFORE carving the skirt usually, but I didn’t get the doll until later and needed to get started.  Nice sharp angle to the carving, not a full skirt, and one DEEP carved area where the right leg slit would be.

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Now frost the cake with ganache (to keep it moist, don’t let it sit out).  Once I finally got the doll and stuck her in I was able to add the ganache around the hips to bring it cleanly into the dolls waist.  Again working with ganache is amazing, once it sets you can rub over any part that’s not smooth with your finger and “melt” it smooth.

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Now Elsa’s dress is ombre, it starts super light blue and gets darker at the bottom so for the under skirt I used a blue fondant slightly darker.

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Next up the under shirt.  On Elsa it’s sheer, but I can’t really create sheer fondant.  So I used a REALLY light blue, almost white and rolled it SUPER thin with my pasta roller.  To get it this thin it needs to be stronger than just fondant so I mix fondant and gumpaste together.

Paint the back with clear vanilla (or vodka, it’s cheaper) this makes it tacky so it will stick to the doll.  Make sure the arms are where you want them, then lay it over the dolls front, neck and arms.  Cut away what you don’t need and wrap the gumpaste/fondant around the arms, cutting where they meet on the underside.  And wrap it around her front and back.  Cut a clean shoulder line around.

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Next up roll out light blue fondant, paint it with vanilla/vodka and cover the bodice and top of the skirt with a lighter blue.  Cut the back and bodice area princess style.  Next I used the back of my knife to create cutlines all down the bodice.  Trying to give it the icy, crystalized look her dress has.  I cut the bottom of the light blue area ragged.

I wish I had done one other layer between the two blues to extend the ombre look a bit more.

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Next up the addition of luster dust.  This is what’s going to give the overall dress they shiny, icy look.  I used a dark blue along the bottom to help with the ombre effect and Antique Silk all over.  If you just brush it on dry it will add a bit of shine, if you keep brushing it it will get glossy and smooth.

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I brushed it over the top of the dark blue and over the entire bodice.  If you get the fondant wet first it will collect and stick even stronger.  So I painted swoops on her sleeves so when I brushed over them it stuck even stronger in those areas, of course it doesn’t show up in the pictures, like at ALL! GAH

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Now for the CAPE!  I debated rolling out gumpaste super thin like the sleeves, but thought it would still look to heavy.  I thought about not using anything edible, like using netting and adding fondant snowflakes… BUT I like adding only edible materials.  So I decided to try edible wafer paper.

It’s not sheer but it’s super thin.  Anyway, you can see it has a dull side and a glossy side.  Do NOT get the glossy side wet, it will shrivel badly, you want to work with the rough/dull side.  Cut it in the shape you want first, then add water to just the top.  I added clear vanilla/vodka to the back of the dress to make it tacky/sticky.

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now to attach it! Try not to rip it (buy extra sheets, I did use 2, a practice one and a final one.  You can see it did rip a bit… But I the end I was pleased.

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Next I  used my steamer to steam the cape bottom and as it got moist it curled up the edges!  LOVE! looks like it’s floating.  Then I used pearl luster dust and brushed it over the cape to get it a shiny.  I wanted to paint on snowflake designs, but when it get’s wet it just falls apart, so I couldn’t.

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And with that she was done.  The main thing I’d like to do over is add extra icy bling to her bodice.  I’d add sugar crystals from the princess cut down to a princess waist, hand attaching each one in vertical columns…  Yup just a few hours, but I’d be enthralled with it!

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But she’s lovely either way.  AND tasty!  And honestly, isn’t that what everyone wants in a cake, for it to taste good?  What do you look for in a cake?

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Elsa and Anna were the centerpieces of the tabletop and I love how they look together!  What do you think? Want more princess cake tutorials?

Frozen Princess Cake – Anna

And finally the cakes!  (Don’t forget to check out my Merida, Rapunzel and Tiana Princess cakes as well)

Today I’m Sharing the Anna tutorial and tomorrow we’ll do Elsa!  Making these cakes was so much fun! Looking back there are a few things I’d change.  The week of the party the baby got sick and I got behind. So I felt kind of rushed through the cakes, I MIGHT actually break my no repeat rule to add the final details I feel were missing from these.

tutorial to create your own Anna princess cake for your Frozen birthday party

So Anna.  The first question is WHICH dress to make.  I debated doing her ball dress, BUT since we weren’t doing ELSA’s ball gown I decided not to.  Her hiking winter dress is actually shorter, showing her ankles and boots, but of course for this I made it full length.  It’s also full than it is in the movie, to leave enough cake to actually EAT!

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Start with a 12 inch Anna doll, a Wonder Mold cake and a second cake, an 8 inch round.  I do this because the wonder mold cake isn’t tall enough for the dolls legs.  Also my chocolate cake is very DENSE, it’s best for carving, so it tends to shrink a bit too, making it even SHORTER.  So the extra height is key  (unless you tear the dolls legs off)

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Use Ganache to stick the cake layers together.  Then wrap the dolls legs in plastic.

  1. to keep their legs together do they don’t separate while going into the cake
  2. keep the cake food safe, and the doll clean.

I cut a small hole into the cake first to guide the legs. Notice even with the extra height the cake still falls short of her hips, don’t worry about it, I use the ganache to fill it in.

Then start carving around your skirt, I find that carving it makes it look more skirt like and less cake-ish.  Start small, you can always carve away more, you can’t carve less once it’s gone.  Once your happy with them carve the sharp edges to soften the curves.

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Once your done carving wipe away the crumbs and frost with ganache.  Make sure to get into all the cracks and fill in the hip area.  Smooth as good as you can, then let it set.  Once it’s set you can rub any points and they’ll “melt” and smooth away!  I love working with ganache!

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Then cover your skirt with a purplish navy fondant, making sure to smooth into the cracks.  Because there will be a cake I just wrapped it around and created a clean, straight, seam up the back.  Trim around the base and around the waist, creating the pointed princess waist line

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Now for the shirt.  We want to roll this SUPER thin so I do a half fondant half gumpaste mixture and dye it turqouise.  Then use my pasta roller to get it super thin.  Put your arms how you want them brush clear vanilla (or vodka – cheaper) on to the back of the gumpaste/fondant then lay it over the front and arms (sticky side down).  cut away area’s you don’t need to help shape it

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wrap it around the arms, shoulders, neck, etc… cut a straight light where the it meets under the arms to hid the lines.  Don’t forget to cut the nice neckline as well (I forgot before the picture but did it later).

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for the bodice rather than try to cut it ON the doll and get it to stick I cut the neckline out first adding extra length in the straps and the sides for wrapping it.  Then paint the back with the vanilla/vodka and place it on the doll.  Be VERY careful when doing this, the sticky back side WILL stain your turqouise shirt if you get it out of place.

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press it into place in the front, cutting the waistline.  Then wrap it around the back, pressing it into the doll so you don’t get bubbles.  Stretching it a bit where you need to, and cut a nice clean line down the back.

Now the bare bones of the dress are done!  time for the details!

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To get the details of the embroidered front of the bodice I used one of my favorite things, adhesive stencils!  There are a lot of options with small details this is the one I used.  Then I colored some icing green and burgundy.  You can use buttercream if you have some, I opted to make a quick batch of royal icing.

Place the stencil going down the center, add the green where you want it, not too thick, and then add a little bit of the burgundy. then pull off the stencil (just make sure, unlike me, you let your black fondant dry completely first or it will pull away a bit.).

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I used a clay extruder (that I ONLY use with fondant and gumpaste, NOT clay) for the edging.  Soften some gold fondant by kneading some extra shortening into it, then extrude it through one of the smaller holes.  Attach it to the edge of the bodice using the vanilla/vodka and then for a final step paint it with some gold airbrush paint!

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Now for the bottom of the skirt, again you can hand paint but I used another self adhesive stencil and the green and burgundy royal icing again.  I started by doing a center one, then working my way around both sides.  The great thing about the adhesive stencil is it sticks inside the nooks and crannies of the skirt better than a traditional stencil would.

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Finally roll out some burgundy/brown fondant.  Cut along piece, rounding the edges, and let it dry a bit (flat or rounded) then attach it down the back to her shoulders.  Once it’s all set roll out another small amt cut a circle with a hold in the center and wrap it around her shoulders.  Then trip the neck and front.

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Here is the mistake I made, I cut the fronts square, I SHOULD have cut them rounded!  GAH! and I wish I’d had the time to paint the edges a darker shade. Oh well, overall I LOVE how Anna turned out!

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I think they look GREAT together too!  AND the birthday girl love love LOVED them so nothing else really matters!

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So I started looking up images from the concert. Concert pictures are TOUGH because it’s dark, often foggy, or super bright!  GAH! BUT it seemed like they had a curved backdrop that’s covered in lights and curved light panel that moves up and down.  So I decided to do a stage.
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We started by looking at what was already out there (pinterest) and there was a lot of the same cake repeated over and over again and Jyl wanted something never done before!  I LOOOOOVE that!  So she told me her son’s favorite pieces in minecraft and two of those, the pig and watermelon, became the cake!
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