Everyone has their own Disney Princess, and I know that Aurora is a fave among many (except for maybe Maleficent). Even if she isn’t your favourite princess, you can’t deny that “Once Upon a Dream,” isn’t an absolute classic. I wanted to make something that hopefully Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather will even love. This is my Sleeping Beauty Princess Cake! For more Disney Princess inspired cakes, check out my Anna and Elsa Princess Cake.
Fave element of this cake? The ombre layers! You do this by gradually adding pink food colouring to the batters. I started with with just a half a pinch of food colouring and then I increased the colouring as I went along. This recipe also shows a simple scale/petal technique that you’re going to love!
- Preheat a moderate oven (175C/350F).
- Spoon ⅕ (about 3 scoops with a spatula) of your vanilla cake batter into a separate bowl. Add bright white food coloring to that cake batter, and mix it well. Set the rest of your batter aside.
- Thoroughly grease and flour your large metal bowl. Transfer your bright white cake mix into the bowl.
- Bake the cake directly in the bowl for 20 minutes in a moderate oven.
- Divide the rest of your cake equally into 4 different bowls. Each one is going to get a varying number of cake batter. This first batter I gave ½ a drop of pink dye, the next got 1 drop of pink dye, the next got 2, and the final batter got 4 drops of dye.
- Grease a cake tin and line it with parchment paper. Pour in 1 of your pink layers in the cake tin. Use a spatula to make sure it’s flat and even in the cake tin.
- Bake in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Repeat this with all of your pink cake layers.
- While the cakes are baking, we’re going to decorate our 12’’ cake board. Flip your glitter scrapbook paper over. Place your cake board on the back and draw a circle around the cake board. Cut the glitter paper out and glue it to the board. Place something heavy on the cake board to secure the glue into place.
- Use a serrated edge knife to trim the tops and bottoms of the cakes. Also take off any dark edges from the cake.
- Spread buttercream frosting onto your 8’’ cake board. Then, place your darkest pink colored layer and place it on the cake board.
- Apply a generous layer of frosting to the bottom layer of cake. Then, repeat with each layer going lighter each layer.
- Use a serrated edge knife to trim the rounded top completely off so that the cake is flat. Then, cut that layer in half.
- Place the completely flat layer on top of the cake. Frost it, and place the round layer on top of that.
- Take a circle cutter and make and core out the center of the top layer of cake. Then, use a sharp knife to cut the hole further down into the cake. Make sure the bottom is more narrow to hold Aurora into place.
- Take the bottom of princess Aurora’s costume off. Then, wrap the bottom half of her body with plastic wrap. Plastic wrap her hair and head, as well.
- Place buttercream frosting into a piping bag. Then, pipe frosting around the core where Aurora is.
- Use a serrated edge knife and cut around the cake on an angle. Cut down those outer brown layers until you can’t see any brown.
- Use a offset spatula to smear pink buttercream frosting to the outside of your cake. This will be a light crumb coat of frosting.
- Fill a disposable piping bag with pink buttercream frosting. Pipe a dot of frosting to the bottom of the cake, then drag the piping bag up to create a petal effect. Layer these petals moving up the cake so that they overlap the layer below. Pipe all the way up to Aurora’s waist. Use a knife to drag the frosting up towards her body.
- Smear buttercream frosting onto your 12’’ glitter cake board. Transfer the 8’’ cake board directly onto your glitter board.
This cake is for all the princesses out there!
For the printable recipe click here: http://bit.ly/2jcIZUP
What You’ll Need:
- Buttercream frosting (white and pink)
- Pink food colouring
- White food colouring (if using vanilla cake – not required if using white cake)
- Vanilla / white cake batter – I used 3 x batches of the cupcake addiction vanilla cake mix from my recipe book.
- Metal bowl
- 8″ cake tin lined with baking paper (I used 2)
- Aurora princess doll (try to get the one with plastic bodice / clothing)
- Serrated knife
- Offset spatula
- Disposable piping bag
- Open round piping tip (any size will do)
- Circle cookie cutter (approx 5cm / 2″)
- 12″ cake board
- 8″ cake board
- 1 piece glitter pink scrapbooking paper
- Non toxic craft glue
- Plastic wrap
- Parchment paper
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