Princess Birthday Cakes

princess castle birthday cake

What little girl wouldn't love to have a princess cake for her royal birthday party? Whether you make your own cake at home or order one from your favorite bakery, there are countless creative options that should thrill any little girl.

Princess Castle Cake

Nothing says "princess" more than a stunning castle. Follow these instructions to make an easy, but elegant birthday castle.

You will need:

  • Cake batter for 1 and 1/2 cakes
  • 9" square cake pans (2)
  • 8" round cake pan
  • Ice cream cones
  • Icing, white or pastel (enough for 2 cakes)
  • Decorator icing
  • Candy, shimmering sugar and sprinkles (for decorations)
  • Graham crackers (optional)
  • Licorice laces (optional)
Pink homemade princess castle cake

Instructions:

  1. Bake two square cake layers and one round cake layer, in any flavor of your choice. Remove the layers from the pan and allow them to cool. Note: Pudding cakes and pound cakes layer well and stay moist.
  2. Frost one of the square cake layers on its top; place the second square layer on top of the first, and ice the top and sides of the cake.
  3. Trim the round cake so it is a 7" circle; place it on top of the frosted square cake, and frost the top and sides. You have the basic structure of your castle.
  4. Frost the exterior of four ice cream cones and place them on the corners of the cake as "turrets."
  5. Decorate your castle with shimmering sugars and candy; use decorating icing to outline windows and parapets.
  6. Optional: Frost a graham cracker and place it next to the princess castle to make a drawbridge; use licorice laces to make the chains for the drawbridge and use icing to anchor them.

Alternately, you can find kits for making layered princess castle cakes.

Princess Doll Cake

Princess doll cake

Want a cake that is a princess? It is really easy to make a princess doll cake using a bundt cake and a small fashion doll.

You will need:

  • One bundt cake in the flavor of your choice
  • A small fashion doll (You can find dolls made expressly for this purpose at party supply stores. If you want to use another type of doll, make sure she is not too big for the cake by placing her in the empty Bundt pan; only her bodice should stick out above the cake.)
  • Frosting, enough for 1 1/2 cakes
  • Decorator icing
  • Candy or sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Once your Bundt cake is baked and cool, turn it onto a cake platter.
  2. Frost the outside of the cake and place some frosting in the center hole to help hold the doll in place.
  3. Place the doll into the center of the cake.
  4. Fill in frosting around the doll's waist.
  5. Use decorating icing to cover the doll's bodice. A small star tip is easy to use and covers well.
  6. Decorate the doll's "skirt" with decorating icing to make ruffles, bows or flowers. Add sprinkles or sugar as desired.

Princess Crown Cupcakes

Princess crown cupcakes

Every princess needs a crown, and these cupcakes are perfect for a little girl's fantasy birthday party.

You'll need:

  • Rose color fondant
  • Pink buttercream icing
  • Pearl candies
  • Pink nonpareils
  • Pink ribbon

Instructions:

  • Use an open star tip to pipe a swirl of icing on each cupcake.
  • Roll out the fondant to about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Cut a straight edge down one side.
  • Cut zig-zags down the opposite side.
  • Cut the strips into separate sections you'll form into circles to create crowns.
  • Place the crowns, straight edge down, on the icing swirls.
  • Attach a pearl to each tip of each crown using edible glue.
  • Lightly sprinkle nonpareils and a few more candy pearls on the cupcakes, and tie a ribbon bow around each one.

Easy Princess Birthday Cakes

A cake fit for a princess

Creating a princess cake doesn't have to be especially difficult. You can easily transform any sheet or layer cake with princess designs or figurines.

Princess Sheet Cake

Create your favorite princess on a 13 x 9-inch sheet cake and thrill your resident royal. Frost any sheet cake with white or pastel icing. Use a toothpick to sketch your princess design onto the frosting. Use decorating icing to fill in the design.

Princess Shape Cakes

Character cake pans come in nearly every shape and size now. You can find cake pans shaped like your daughter's favorite Disney Princesses, including Cinderella. They come with easy baking and decorating instructions.

Princess Cupcakes

Princess themed cupcakes

Top some cupcakes with sparkly sugar and tiara or princess wand toppers for a simple, easy-to-make and serve birthday treat. You can also find princess cake toppers to place on your cupcakes for a quick princess cupcake solution.

Princess Figurine Cake

Visit your local party supply store for an assortment of princess figurines. Make sure to select ones that are intended for use on cakes or other food. You can choose a single princess and her friends, or get an array of princesses to decorate the cake.

Take any iced sheet or layer cake and place princess figures on it. Place sprinkles around them. Finish with curls of ribbon or fresh miniature roses. Or, instead of princess characters, place a princess castle and slipper pick on a pink-frosted cake.

A Cake Fit for Your Little Princess

Before you begin designing your cake, ask the birthday girl for her own ideas about what she thinks would make her cake perfect. That way you can create a very customized cake that's sure to please her.

Princess Birthday Cakes