Beth’s husband is going to go work in AZ for the fall/winter – since he is a golf pro he can make more $ there, and it will allow Beth to quit her job so she can go to dental school.  I’m so proud of her!!!

Because of that, Beth had to put together a last minute bday party for Meah so that her daddy would be there.  Beth had a class reunion to go to tonight and Meah wanted a Barbie cake – so to relieve some stress off of Beth I offered to make a Barbie cake.  In other words, I’m quasi-insane 🙂  I think it will be fun.  I always thought cake making looked artsy, but I’ve never had a reason to actually make a fancy cake like that…

 So here we are with the mess of icing that I made – it’s Buttercream with pink food coloring… the recipe if you want it:

1/2 c. solid vegetable shortening (I used Crisco butter flavored shortening sticks)
1/2 cup butter or margarine (I used butter)
4 cups (1 lb.) sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 Tb. milk
1 tsp Wilton clear vanilla extract

Cream butter and shortening w/ electric mixer.  Add vanilla.  Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed.  Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.  When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.  Add milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

I used the paste/decorators kind of food coloring so it wouldnt thin the icing.  It just took a little bitty bit and I added it in the butter stage.

There is a note on the recipe that says *To thin for icing cake, add a small amount of light corn syrup.

Here is my mess 🙂

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 While waiting for the cake to come out of the oven, I decided I wanted the barbie’s scraggly hair to look like this barbie’s on the box:

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Well, this is what Barbie’s hair looks like when I twist it into a bun like that (not sure if you can see all of the scragglies)… By the way, look what a hussy she is.  She is going to regret these topless pictures someday, if she is ever famous.

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I’m not very patient, so after trying to put it up in three different ways, I finally just took scissors to it and cut off the strays.  If someone finds a hair in the cake, it’s hers – not mine.

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Here is the funfetti cake out of the oven cooling on my PC rack:

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Then I took a serrated knife to the bottom of it so it would lay flat.

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Here it is when I started frosting it – this icing is hard to work with:

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I stuck her in and started trying to decorate, but wasn’t happy with how the dress wasnt very smooth. 

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I scraped off the decorations and smoothed the dress down w/ waxed paper.  It’s still a little bumpy but it’s my first decorated cake, ok? 🙂

And actually, possibly my last…. it’s now 10 pm, I started around 5:30…  and it’s not even that detailed but here is the finished product!

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