Elise requested a Rapunzel cake for her birthday. Of course, there’s no Rapunzel cake pan (yet) so I was only left with a couple of options. I could either make one of those doll cakes or use the old Wilton’s Ariel cake pan and just change it to Rapunzel (which someone else did, you can find it on the Internet, it’s actually cute). I guess there is always the option of NOT making her a Rapunzel cake at all, but then I wouldn’t be the coolest mom ever.
I chose the Wilton’s Wonder mold pan, and after reading several reviews and looking at other wonder molds turned Rapunzel cakes I decided 2 things. First, I was going to use a boxed cake mix, despite all of the Internet telling me not to do so (it made me feel rebellious!). Second, fondant is gross, I was going to use buttercream instead. Yes, replacing fondant with buttercream sounds like a sketchy idea, but I was willing to try.
This pan takes 2 boxes of cake mix, you won’t use all of the batter, but the majority. Don’t ask me how much, I don’t measure, I just eyeball things.
Here’s the birthday princess with her cake, that she desperately wanted to help decorate. However my nerves couldn’t handle a nearly 4 year old helping.
I had to promise my life and a new Rapunzel doll if I ruined her, so I wrapped her tight in plastic wrap.
Then came the fun! Ugh, have I mentioned the only thing I hate more than baking a cake is decorating one?
As you can see, she’s too tall. Her legs don’t come off like Barbie’s legs did when I was little so it was either deal with it or cut her legs down. At the risk of being shamed by a 4 year old, I chose to deal with it.
Pre-smoothing the icing. I found a video online showing me how to smooth buttercream, so I felt much more confident about my decision to not use fondant.
Here she is, all smoothed out! I admit this wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Even the fake bodice didn’t look completely terrible.
And then she was a beautiful princess! The birthday girl was thrilled, so we all lived happily ever after.