our little girl is obsessed with Belle from Beauty and the Beast. i mean totally obsessed. and who wouldn’t be? she’s probably the most loving, forgiving, intelligent and creative Disney character out there & she’s French … so i’m pretty pleased with her choice. i had no option this birthday except to make her a Belle cake. since i am all about making life easier (rather than more complicated) i decided to take a few cooking faux-pas in baking and creating this cake. so, if you’re like me, here’s how you make a Belle cake … simply.
Step 1 // purchase 3 x really good cake mix. i chose betty crocker 2 x vanilla and 1 x strawberry because i wanted to do a marble cake :)
Step 2 // make three separate cake mixes & keep them in separate bowls. then follow this quick advice on how to marble a cake (interesting music choice ;) )
Step 3 // bake cake in a large bundt cake tin. i used a silicon one and it turned out perfectly. i also baked on cake in a regular round cake tin.
Step 4 // slice cake in three even slices (i used a measuring tape and an extra long bread knife – a tip from my neighbour!)
Step 5 // colour your frosting with yellow to the colour of Belle and put frosting in between all the layers to make them stick together. then frost the outside of the cake in what they call the crumb layer. pop it in the fridge and wait an hour or so.
step 6 // apply another layer of frosting and pop back into the fridge. in the meantime get your frosting decorations ready. once ready, start to apply the decorations. i used a toothpick to create creases in the dress, as well as a row of frosting. i also stuffed the hole with marshmallows so that the Belle doll would stand straight and snug. (see how messy my work is? lots of tea, lots of mixing … this was of course made the night before the party!!)
step 7 // add finishing touches. i put some edible star glitter from here over the top of the dress to make her sparkle and i lined the base with fresh camellia’s from our garden. these flowers come out each year on her birthday so i’m planning on using them on as many of her cakes as possible! aren’t they stunning. god’s creation is always better than anything we could create :)
and there we go! happy baking !!