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STEP 1: ICE CAKE AND COVER THE TOP WITH FONDANT
Bake your 6" and 8" single layers and prepare your large batch of Brenda's Bakery Buttercream. We recommend wrapping and freezing your cakes for a few hours before starting to make icing them easier. Trim the bottom of the 6" layer and both sides of the 8" layer to create flat spots.
Tint 2/3 of your icing aqua (We used little blue and green gel paste) and leave the rest white. Crumbcoat and then ice your cake in a layer of buttercream. We used a spatula dipped in very hot water then shaken off to smooth the buttercream. You can also thoroughly chill your cake and then use the paper towel technique seen in our Pirate Skull Cake Tutorial.
Place your cake in the fridge to chill for an hour before the next step.
Roll out your red fondant into a large circle. Roll your fondant thin, about 1/8" thickness so that it covers easily and leaves you with enough excess for the bow tails. Cut a scalloped shape in the bottom of the fondant.
Drape the fondant over the head of the doll, use your hands to smooth it over the edge and then trim the excess at the base of the cake.
Roll out the excess red fondant and cut out two leaf shapes, about 2 1/2" long. Pinch each leaf at one end and use a dab of water to attach it to the cake. Add a ball in the center to finish the bow.
STEP 2: CREATE AND PAINT THE DETAILS
Tint 1/3 of your fondant flesh color (we used a touch of pink and a touch of yellow). Roll and cut out a 4" circle and set aside. (We used a large can of tomatoes as our 4" diameter cutting guide)
Roll out the remaining white fondant and use the Floral Applique Cutter Set to cut out decorative pieces.
Here are a few tips for success:
1) Make sure you roll your fondant fairly thin. Fondant that's thicker than the depth of the cutter will not cut cleanly.
2) Make sure the surface of your fondant is not sticky. Dust the fondant on both sides with a light coating of powdered sugar and brush off the excess with your hand to leave a chalky surface ideal for cutting.
3) Press the cutter into the fondant, shake the cutter back and forth on the cutting surface and then lift and remove the piece. This will create a cleaner edge.
Lay out the applique pieces to organize a pattern and get ready for painting. Use a carving tool or toothpick to create the markings for the hair on the doll's face. We used the bottom of a piping tip to press in the markings for the doll's eyes.
Mix up your paint by adding a drop of gel paste to a cup or plate. Add several drops of clear alcohol or clear extract. Swirl the two together to get a watercolor style paint. Always test the color on an excess piece of fondant to make sure it's what you want before starting.
We used red, pink and yellow for the applique and orange and black and pink for the face.
STEP 3: ADD THE FONDANT PIECES AND FINISH THE CAKE
Attach the face to the red part of the cake using a light coating of water to get it to stick.
The floral applique pattern did not end up fitting on the belly of the doll! So, we improvised and moved a few pieces around to make it all fit! That's cake decorating for you.
We also used the left over white buttercream to pipe some dots around the face of the doll and added a few to the belly pattern. Totally optional!