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..but our Princess is in another cake!

December 9, 2010 · 108 comments

Ah, video games. Where would my childhood have been without them? It all started with that first game of Pong on my older siblings’ dusty old console – it was just like playing tennis but you didn’t have to go running down the street every time you missed the ball when you were too slow to bags the uphill end of the street ‘court’!!

The excitement of this was beaten only by the discovery of multiple Game & Watch handheld games in a drawer at my cousins’ place – sure there was only ever one set of working batteries, but you could easily swap them around in your quest to to save more jumping people from the burning building or prevent more parachuters landing in shark infested water than you did last time.

The computer game joy continued at that house, when one of my cousins would sometimes let you play the helicopter game on her actual proper computer, and the game played THROUGH A TAPE! OMG! Tapes already brought me Martika and Janet Jackson, and now they were letting me fly a helicopter. Was there anything they couldn’t do? (*cough* not become obsolete? *cough*).

This isn't me, but I kinda wish it was. Check out those laces.

School holidays often met a visit to Perth, where other cousins introduced me to the joys of the Nintendo and Super Nintendo consoles, that you could actually hire out from the video store! Never mind that the game instructions, if you actually got any, were photocopied and impossible to read. We were renegades. We didn’t need no stinking instructions. We could figure out very well on our own that if you flung your hands up in the air when pressing the button to make your character jump that they would jump just that tiny bit higher.

I also didn’t need to read the instructions on that magical, glorious Christmas day when I was the luckiest girl in the world, unwrapping a Super Nintendo of my very own! I got stuck straight into Super Mario Bros 2, scoffing at my Dad for suggesting I read the instructions first, only to run around completely unable to kill any of the baddies. And what were all these stupid vegetables everywhere? The instructions, sheepishly read soon after (no doubt while shovelling down Red Skins and Mallow Santas from my stocking), revealed the baddies could easily be killed by throwing the vegetables at them. Two important life lessons learned – refrain from scoffing at suggestions from parents unless you’re really really sure they’re scoff-worthy; and when all else fails, turn to vegetables.

Perfectly programmed makeup

When I made the Vegetable Garden Cupcakes for my friend CM’s practice 30th party a few months ago, I was very reliably informed that my friend Kim, who would soon be celebrating her real 30th, had always wanted a Princess Doll Cake (also known as a Dolly Varden Cake, thanks Mum). I filed this information away in the cake part of my brain, and when Kim and our friend Mads (previously cunningly referred to as “M” on the blog) announced that they would be through a joint 80s themed 30th birthday party, I realised with joy that I could not only make a Princess Doll Cake… I could make a Princess Peach Doll Cake.

What’s the only thing better than a Princess Peach cake? A Princess Peach rainbow cake.

I made my very first rainbow cake quite a few years ago, and excitedly drove it in to work one afternoon (when I wasn’t actually working) to share it with Mads and another friend L, and I knew from Mads’ reaction then that getting my rainbow cake mojo flowing again for her birthday cake could only be a good thing.

I kept waiting for John and Benita to turn up in smocks

Making a vertically layered rainbow cake is really much easier than people think it must be. You just need a decent buttercake recipe that gives a mixture that is not too viscous, so that each newly added colour can push the earlier colours out towards the edge of the tin when a little jiggling is applied. Just make up your cake mixture (I use this one, but be warned – it makes a lot of mixture), then split it up into the same number of bowls that you wish to have different colours.

I stuck with my good old mate ROY G BIV, though I decided indigo and violet were close enough to combine into one, so I layered mine as: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. You can also skip around your kitchen and go down the “I can sing a rainbow” path with the red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange, blue if you care not for scientific accuracy in your rainbow configuration.

Cake offcuts you say? Why yes, there may have been some..

After making my two rainbow cakes (the first one made using 2/3 of the recipes and the second using the full recipe, which made the layers go funny as there was a little too much mix for my tin) and allowing them to cool, I sandwiched them together using chocolate frosting and then stuck them in the fridge to chill. Once chilled, the cake is easier to carve, which I did using a sharp serrated knife to get a big boofy skirt shape.

(You can actually just buy a dolly varden cake tin, or use an oven proof bowl to get a skirt shape from the start, but my method is nice because you end up with lots of cake offcuts to make yourself ill on during the decoration process.)

Princess Palmer

I removed the legs from my doll, though be careful – I hear that the legs on real Barbies are not so easily removed as from my Disney doll, and are actually pretty easy to break if you try to remove them. You can leave the legs on, of course, but my cake wasn’t quite tall enough for this so off they came. I then wrapped the Princess’ bottom in plastic wrap to prevent cake ending up in unfortunate places, and also wrapped up her head to protect her hair.

I then took a moment to hum the Twin Peaks theme.

The cake was then placed exactly in the centre of the cake board, over a few separate pieces of baking paper to protect the board from wayward frosting, and then I frosted the entire thing. To get a really smooth surface on your frosting, simply pass the edge of a piece of paper over it – super easy and effective! (and no, I know what you’re thinking and I did not eat the chocolatey paper afterwards).

Pink sugar goes faster but not as fast as red

You can psych yourself up for the task of placing the enormous sheet of fondant on the cake by doing some more easily achievable fondant tasks. In addition to the rainbow cake I also made two batches of my choc-orange vegan cupcakes, and I  covered these in pale pink fondant and letters/numbers to spell out a little message.

It was always exciting when you achieved a high score in something and had to enter your initials. My initials are pretty lame, but I could never think of a way to represent myself in three letters that I was happy with, so CHM it was (okay, I may have entered POO once or twice). Luckily for me, Kim and Madeline are pretty easy to represent in 3 letters.

Kim beat Mads by 5 days

Cupcake procrastination over, I tackled covering the “skirt”. After I rolled out the fondant, I think I stood there for a good five minutes just staring at it, trying to figure out how the hell I was going to lift such an enormous piece of fondant without letting any of it sag, and place it carefully on the cake. After a few false starts I managed to bend my plastic pastry sheet back under itself while letting the fondant fall down over the cake, and this seemed to work reasonably well. Lots of trimming and smoothing soon followed.

I can't help but recall the Been Caught Stealing film clip when I look upon this generously proportioned skirt

I then dressed the Princess with more fondant, rolling out a small piece and laying it around her for the bodice of the dress. Nice big puffy princess sleeves soon followed, then she was joined with her skirt before the blue cashou jewels and dark pink embellishments were added. She was then unwrapped from her plastic cocoon and ready for the party!


And what a party it was! Great friends, delicious food, and super freakin’ awesome costumes. Seriously. I don’t know why I’m wasting my time sitting here typing this when I could be busy throwing an 80s costume party right now.

The birthday girls formed an unlikely duo of Madonna and The Dog from Footrot Flats. Consequently, every time I have thought about the party over the past week I have got Slice of Heaven stuck in my head. This makes a change from getting the Jem and the Holograms theme song in my head whenever I was party planning last week. Yes, the very first photo in this post is me as Jem, in all her mullety glory, under the influence of Synergy. Luckily Pazzazz of The Misfits chose not to turn up, but sadly neither did Rio. He was probably off with that hussy Jerrica.

Tee hee, plastic wrapped bottom

Happy birthday girls! The past 30 years have been pretty great, but I’m sure the best is yet to come


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The Housemate December 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

Yes! I’m finally the first to post a comment! I haven’t even read the post yet, but I don’t have to – I had the privilege of watching this absolute masterpiece being created… what an effort, and what a stunning result. I bet you all wished you lived here too…

Ah, rainbow cake, is there anything better? Rainbow custard maybe, but its a close call. Mum said I apparently had a cake like this for my 3rd birthday, but I bet it wasn’t made by a phd student studying plankton.

Good one Conor… seriously mate, well done!

It almost makes me look forward to my 30th… almost.


Conor December 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Well done! For being the first to comment, you win a half empty bag of popping candy chocolate!

Thanks :D And thanks for your assistance. I wish I had such a helper in all my cake transport and cleanup endeavours.

I really want to see a photo of 3 year old you with a doll cake as big as your head.


deVious December 9, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Holy Moley – now when I turn 30 can I PLEASE have a rainbow cake? Its the most amazing rainbow cake EVER – the COLOURS!!! enough to make me happy for the next 30 years……bloody awesome I tell you! xxx


Conor December 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Every time you turn 30 I shall make you such a cake! I would make you such a cake now, except you’ve gone and left me. Never fear though, my sister and I bought the winning new years eve lotto ticket today, so I’ll be flying over to visit and eat my weight in crab as soon as we get the cheque.


Chris @ bonviveur December 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I can’t even remember my 30th. But seriously, that’s a fantastic effort, for both the costume and the cake. Looks like you had a really great night :)
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Conor December 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

You forgetful booze hound, Chris ;) Thanks! Makes me look forward to my own 30th, and perhaps by then enough time will have passed to allow me to revive the 80s theme. It will be retro all over again.


Katerina December 9, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Now this is really impressive. I wish i had one such thing when I was turning 30. You did a great job Conor. Very pretty.


Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

Thanks Katerina! Perhaps we can have a replay of your 30th? :)


Adrian December 9, 2010 at 10:48 pm

That looks pretty amazing… I know someone who took cake courses and she has started making figurines out of icing too!

I vaguely remember the game and watch… but have since moved onto the Playstation.
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

Thanks Adrian. Some of the figurines that people make are incredible. I’m yet to move into that world of decoration madness, but it is tempting to try my hand at it. You know, when I have free time. In 50 years, possibly. Sigh..

I somehow bypassed the Playstation and have an XBox and Wii to entertain myself with these days. Oh, and a DS. They are all gathering dust though to be honest, I think I need to catch a flu to give myself some enforced gameage time :D


5 Star Foodie December 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Wow! That Princess rainbow cake is spectacular, a work of art for sure! My daughter would love a cake like that for her birthday party :)


Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:09 am

Thank you! I’m pretty sure I would have been an excited little girl if I had a whole princess skirt to devour for my birthday ;)


Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite December 10, 2010 at 12:38 am

So so many things strike a chord with me here:
(in no particular order)
1. Redskins! <3
2. Pong
3. Game&Watch (I had abut five of these)
4. Dolly Varden cakes!!!
5. Twin Peaks theme LOL!

but mostly: You are a freaking awesome baker. Toss away that PhD and open a bakery.
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:24 am

Oh yes, Redskins! There are always a few in our stockings, and every year I am grateful for not having any fillings in my teeth (yet probably get a little closer to needing some).

Thank you :) :)


Barbara@VinoLuciStyle December 10, 2010 at 12:44 am

Love this…takes me back a few years when I made all of my girls birthday cakes but nothing quite like this, nope. Mardi is right; freaking awesome Conor!
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:27 am

Thanks Barbara! I have no idea if I’ll end up having children, but if I do I’ll have to delete all this evidence in case I am too lazy/time-poor to make such things for them. I’m sure your cakes were things of beauty!


Sean Ward December 10, 2010 at 12:47 am

That cake is amazing!! And I can see the love coming off of it!
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

Thanks Sean! I’m so glad you commented about the love. It is the crucial component of everything I make for my friends :)


Andrea@High/Low December 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

First off, I love Jem! I wanted to be Aja!! But onto more important things, your cake and creativity is amazing!!! It reminds me of a rainbow cake I’ve seen before, but your princess dress puts it to shame! My goodness, it makes me want to turn 30 again – can you make me a cake for my 32nd b-day? =)
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:31 am

Andrea, I could totally see you rocking blue hair. We need to get Kimber and Shana and get the band back together!!!

Thank you :) I would be honoured… keep your eyes peeled for conferences near you around your birthday and I’ll see what I can wrangle ;)


Kath Lockett December 10, 2010 at 4:23 am

I am in awe…..
…..and still laughing at asphyxiated barbie and wonder just how many porno perverts will ‘find’ that on the internet!

You’re so talented!


Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:43 am

Oh god Kath, I don’t need any more porno perverts after looking at some of the odd search terms that bring people here. I’ll probably be inundated with people searching for “porno perverts” now. Sorry porno pervert people! Nothing to see here except asphyxiated naked dolls! Oh damn..

Perverts aside, thanks :D


GourmetGetaways December 10, 2010 at 6:39 am

What an absolute blast!!! I love the costume and all the references to things that I had completely forgotten about, twin peaks, commodor 64 and my favourite game of all time “the falling parachutes” I used to play this game on the bus to school every day!!!

Your dolly cake those is just the BEST EVER!!! What a great friend you are! I love the colours, I never would have thought to make rainbow so bright!

This will absolutely be my daughters birthday cake when she turns 4 in May!! I just hope I can do as good a job as you have, yours is amazing!!


Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:46 am

Woo, a fellow parachuter saver!! Just think of all the lives we saved along the years. All those families not having to mourn lost loved ones.

Thank you!! I am so excited to hear you will be making this for your daughter! I can’t wait to see the results, I have no doubt it will be incredible :)


gcroft December 10, 2010 at 7:12 am

Oh wow. That is an amazing effort Conor, well done.

Was the doll safely reunited with her legs?


Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

Thank you! Sadly, she is still legless. They have been sitting in my kitchen, waiting to be taken in to give to my friends, for a week now. I keep seeing them and reminding myself to take them into work, and then forgetting until I see them again.


Forager @ The Gourmet Forager December 10, 2010 at 8:31 am

What an awesome cake! And, if you left her clothes off and her arms in the air – it’d make a great bucks party cake – perhaps some extra skin coloured fondant to increase the size of her bust to 40DD. I loved video games growing up – the donkey kong handheld dual screen game never left my side. Ah, such fun. I’m sure my short sightedness is partly because of those video games.
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

omg, I love how your brain works. Yes, she’s probably not generously endowed enough but there’s nothing a bit of fondant can’t fix. Nothing, I tell you!

My sister gave me a Donkey Kong handheld dual screen for Christmas one year! It was one of the happiest moments of my life up until that point. I am grateful for escaping the short sightedness.. have you tried fixing your eyesight with fondant?


OohLookBel December 10, 2010 at 8:33 am

I’m stunned at your creativity, icing skills and ability to source so much pink food colouring! That is one truly amazing princess cake.
And thanks for the saunter down memory lane with a Game ‘n’ Watch in hand. A couple of years ago, I sold my brother’s old game to a colleague. Easiest $100 I ever made!
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

Thanks Bel! Quite a few people commented about the cakes matching my outfit, which was quite unintentional but I think I’ll have to continue this trend in future.

Wow, $100? I’ll steer clear of ebay trawling, I can’t afford to let myself get too nostalgic.


erin December 10, 2010 at 8:40 am

STOP DOING AWESOME FOOD THINGS. It makes me very jealous and I don’t think it’s fair.

Saying that, it -is- my sister’s birthday next Saturday. I can’t see myself tackling fondant – I’m still not entirely sure what it is, but I don’t think I’d like the taste of it. Does it taste like marzipan? I could possibly do the multicolour cake thing, though. My general difficulties with baking are well documented however, so that might not be the best idea.

I might just keep marvelling your cake of awesome.


Conor December 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Stop, you say? I shall put your demand to my friends this weekend and call for a vote.

Noooo, it doesn’t taste like marzipan. I hate marzipan. It tastes like sore teeth. Sugar city.

Go on, have a crack. At the worst you’ll have an inedible cake and be covered in colouring.. how bad can it be?


erin December 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Sore teeth, you say? Hmmmm. Hmmmmmmmm. I guess I can do sore teeth. The fact that it doesn’t taste like marzipan has already made it about a billion times better.

The only problem I can foresee with cooking super duper multicolour cake for my sister is that she’ll be in Perth on the weekend and therefore staying with me, and I firmly believe that cakes should always be surprises. Maybe I can convince a kind friend to let me bake in their kitchen. It could be the start of something beautiful.

PS, I’m sure your friends would totally vote on my side with this one. No one likes awesome food things. Truly.


Conor December 12, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Marzipan is evil.

I would like to take up kind friend duties and offer you my kitchen but I am home possibly a collective 5 minutes in the next two weeks in the madness of my pre-Christmas life. If you can clear my diary, you’re in. This may require writing a paper, inventing a pill to make me not have to exercise but still gain the benefits, catching up with a few friends of mine I haven’t seen for ages, getting the Ashes cancelled, getting someone to replace me at work and in all the meetings I have this week. Good luck.


erin December 17, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Your pre-Christmas fortnight sounds mad. Mine should be a lot busier but I’m lacking the motivation to actually do anything. I’ve seriously spent five hours today so far “cleaning” my bathroom and bedroom, and yet nothing’s really happened. The whole uni thing has been seriously neglected, and of course I haven’t baked any sort of cake at all.

There is a three hour period tomorrow morning between me waking up and her arrival in Perth, so maybe I’ll have to flex my baker muscles then. I don’t think there will be any fondant happening, though. I forgot to even go looking for some. I do need to get another gift for her, but perhaps if I bake awesome cake then she won’t mind that I’ve only got her one (seriously awesome) gift.

Meggy December 10, 2010 at 9:23 am

I think we must become the best of friends so i can stare at your glorious cakes all day.
Seriously super impressed.
I have already taken inspiration from the garden cake for an upcoming birthday. Oh and Planet Cupcake is on special at Big W atm.
Jem, you were truly truly outrageous..Glamour and glitter, fashion and fame! Jem!
I bet you will secretly fight the misfits at dusk on the regular


Meggy December 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

If all ambitions in life fall short, you could make snuff films for mattel.


Conor December 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

An untapped niche market! I would have to remain in costume during all film making endeavours, given potential legal issues.

Cheers for Big W heads up, will have to compare price with Book Depository.

I think if we became best of friends we would end up wearing mumus and using sticks to scratch our backs.


Meggy December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am

Speaking of mumus you may be onto something.
Although i had a dream last night that i had a unicycle, so i could unicycle to places and eat and cycle at the same time.. This would be handy if i had a mumu although i do worry for my co-ordination or rather lack thereof.


Conor December 13, 2010 at 10:04 am

This sounds dangerous.. surely it would only be a matter of time before the mumu got caught up in the unicycle chain and left you sitting there mumu-less? On a uniCORN however, this would not be an issue.

Hannah December 10, 2010 at 10:12 am

First… Twin Peaks reference! Woot!

Second… Dear holy handbucket, you are even more amazing than I thought you were three minutes ago. I once went to a birthday party with a Barbie Fairy cake like this, and thought it was one of the creepiest and grossest things ever. Yours, I sitll find creepy, but I actually do want to eat it. Rainbow fun!

Third… I was never allowed a Nintendo of any description. I therefore blame my mother for my inability to use my new touchscreen phone (which isn’t even an iPhone). She stunted my electronic growth.

Fourth… I miss old-school games like the original Pokemon and The Oregon Trail.

Fifth… I just wanted there to be a fifth.
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Conor December 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm

It’s no so creepy as eating a cake in the shape of living stuff though, right? Like that armadillo cake in Steel Magnolias. Damn, I need to make an armadillo cake. A rainbow armadillo cake. Or maybe an echidna cake with Pocky spines!!

My Mum actually bucked the mothery trend and enhanced my electronic growth – she’s a computer teacher and had me touch typing before hitting my teens. Well, “had me” brings up visions of her standing over me hitting me with a stick if I looked at my fingers.. this did not happen.

I am not familiar with The Oregon Trail, but Wikipedia tells me “players were timed on how fast they could type “BANG,” “WHAM,” or “POW”, which sounds alright by me.



Hannah December 11, 2010 at 7:10 am

Damn straight you need to make an echidna cake. Like, now.

Actually, to be fair, my parents didn’t really stunt my electronic growth. After all, my dad’s a computer engineer so we’ve always had more computers than people in the house, and I, too, learned touch-typing (through fun computer games) at an early age. Plus my mum had a blog before I did…

Alas! While I had a very, very early version of The Oregon Trail, it must not have been the very first version. There was no hunting via speed-typing “POW” in my version.

I feel gypped.
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm


Alright, I think your house sounds like it beats my house with computer-y credentials. My Dad is an absolute MASTER as electronic sudoku and can scan slides like no one else, but watching him type anything is the most painful thing in the world (true).

Neither of my parents have a blog. It makes me wonder what things they would wax lyrical about if they do…?



Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz December 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

O..M..G, my birthday is May 2nd. Can I have a cake like that? You are truly amazing when it comes to birthday desserts my dear.

I never did the video games so much yes I am old enough to go back to pong and Atari. But lately XBox 360 has sucked me in at my friend’s place with his Ratatouille game and Rock Band. I hog the microphone.


Conor December 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Evelyne, I’m trying very hard to win $31 million lotto on new year’s eve, and if I do then I’m sure I can swing by Montreal and whip up a cake for your birthday. You have to promise that we will spend a night playing Rock Band though..



bunkycooks December 10, 2010 at 11:36 pm

This is a truly awesome cake! Wow! I also like your very chic pink outfit with matching hair! Looks like a heck of a good time for a birthday shindig. :)
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Thanks Gwen! Perhaps I should start matching my hair colour to all my outfits. I’ll need to either somehow get hold of a personal hairdresser, or just keep collecting wigs. Depends on whether I end up winning lotto or not I guess :)


Katherine December 11, 2010 at 7:25 am

Wow what an amazing cake. Hmmm I don’t know about the shot with the dolls head covered in cling wrap. It reminds me of Dexter. I love rainbow cakes. They make this world a better place. So much colour squeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Thanks Katherine! Yes, you’re right about the Dexter connection too, but rest assured she is still alive and well. Still legless, granted, but she seems happy with her situation. Still smiling, anyway.
Yay squeeeeeeeee reaction! :D


Pachecopatty December 11, 2010 at 9:32 am

OMG she is gorgeous, I can’t believe you cut into her:) I enjoyed this post Conor, I think you have a wonderful imagination and the creativity just flows….
What ever will you come up with next?? Have fun this weekend:)


Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Thanks Patty! Just cut into her skirt, do not fear! It was a truly enormous one but pretty sure she hadn’t grown any nerves out into it yet… I think. Thank you very much :) Hope your weekend was super!


Bryt December 11, 2010 at 11:15 am

beautifully done!! You can come make my birthday cakes from now on :P


Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Thanks Bryt! Hmmmmmm let me see… a giant pumpking cake for you?


Ladybird December 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Cool pink outfit, cool laces, and even cooler cake!!! Beautiful job, Conor, I’m sure your efforts were very much appreciated :)
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Thanks very much Ladybird! Nothing quite like the happy smile on a friend’s face when you present them the fruits of your baking labours, I must say :)


Emma @CakeMistress December 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Super-awesome job on the cake decorating and psychedelic insides. Barbie was sacrificed for the greater good (the greater good).
Ah, the good ole Nintendo days. There was nothing like versing your brother at Mortal Kombat, kicking his butt by frantically mashing as many buttons as your little fingers could possibly hit. Actually, I think this worked for most games. Instructions schmuctions…
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Cheers Emma! The greater good it certainly was. I’m so glad you understand.

I was always a fan of having some kickarse button combination that did a crazy death kick or knife combo and just doing that over and over until my opponent died. It was the slightly more sophisticated version of the frantic button mashing. Not terribly useful when this attack didn’t work though, and then you’d have to resort to button mashing.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Well done Conor! I would have just bought the mold lol
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Thanks Lorraine! Yeah there were a couple of moments there where I thought to myself I should have bought the mold, but then those delicious cake offcuts would never have seen the light of.. my stomach. Won’t somebody think of the offcuts!?! ;)


pierre December 12, 2010 at 8:03 pm

finally the mistery is over !!
Now I know what is behind Barbie skirt !!
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Don’t tell anyone in France though Pierre! Keep the mystery alive!


mademoiselle délicieuse December 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Oh, how I remember Pong and wanting to beat Dad at it… There’s nothing like the nostalgic sounds of *bleep…bleep bleep* for simple video game fun.
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Conor December 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Oh man I wish I could have convinced my Dad to play me! More often than not it was Conor vs. Computer.

Ahhh bleep…bleep bleep. It takes me back. Those magical times spent beating the computer before going off to share an icy Coke spider with it to chat off any hard feelings.


Karen Harris December 13, 2010 at 12:06 am

Great post Conor! Beautifully crafted cake. My daughter was always Princess Peach when playing Mario with her brother. You have given me a great idea for her next birthday cake but I don’t know that my execution would be as skilled.


Conor December 13, 2010 at 9:57 am

Thanks Karen! I always wanted to be Princess Peach too, but then Yoshi stole my heart a little. He’s pretty cute.
I have great faith in your execution skills. Your cake decoration skills too.


Pam December 13, 2010 at 3:33 am

You have amazing baking skills woman!!!
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Conor December 13, 2010 at 9:59 am

Thank you Pam! :D


Maria @ Scandifoodie December 13, 2010 at 5:59 am

That looks awesome! Love the colours :-)
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Conor December 13, 2010 at 10:01 am

Thanks Maria :)


Trix December 14, 2010 at 3:42 am

Holy frigging crap. I am in awe of you. I DO NOT have the patience for things like this – well, nor do I have the skill, let’s be honest. It’s projects like this that make me remember why I switched from baking and pastry to culinary, as I would create an epic mess if I attempted anything like this.

I also wanted to say thanks for your sweet comments on my post about my dog Pete. xoxo


Conor December 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Woo, thanks Trix! It is definitely an exercise in patience, yes. And more perseverance than skill I’m sure. I doubt you would create an epic mess, but if you did then I know for sure it would be a DELICIOUS epic mess.

You’re welcome, I’m just so sorry that he’s gone xx


tasteofbeirut December 14, 2010 at 9:51 am

I am way way past thirty but I would love such a cake today; it has only one adjective: fun fun fun!!!!


Conor December 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm

That’s exactly what I was aiming for! Nothing says fun quite like rainbows :) Thank you!


Simply Life December 14, 2010 at 9:54 am

Oh my gosh, look at all those fun pictures! I love it!
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Conor December 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Thank you! :)


Adrian in Food Rehab December 14, 2010 at 10:35 am

Yeah…knowing myself, I would have caved and used the mould :) Big prps to you- what a stunning cake. I wouldn’t know where to start eating it??!


Conor December 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm

I think what really stopped me from using the mould was either not wanting to try and somehow jam another cake tin into my extremely overloaded tiny cupboard, or being too lazy to return it to the shop if I hired one!
Thank you! You start eating it one slice at a time, stopping to drink a gallon of water to counteract the sugar high, then resuming the eating.
Thank god this cake freezes so well.


penny aka jeroxie December 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Can I just say – FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Can you please bake me a cake and send it to me… PLEASEEEEEE


Conor December 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Thanks Penny!! I would, but I think I’ve maybe missed the cut-off for guaranteed Christmas posting so I may as well wait until easter :D


Trisha December 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

THAT is one awesome awesome AWESOME cake!!! Such creativity and talent!!!!! I still remember that garden cupcakes you made before……… pro mad skills!!!


Conor December 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Trisha! Awesome cubed makes me grin :D Oooh if only the princess had a garden to stroll around in, though I think that would have sent me insane to attempt.


denise @ quickies on the dinner table December 15, 2010 at 3:16 am

You’re a lazy blogger, and you whip up pop culture references out of cake recipes!!!! Have I told you lately, that I love you?? We need more lazy bloggers – seriously, do you know how many posts I have missed on other blogs, just because I stayed away for two bloody weeks??? I’m running myself ragged, trying to catch up!

Btw – awesome cake for an awesome birthday bash! Well done, my lovely!!


Conor December 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Denise, you can never tell me too much that you love me :D Oh I know, you stay away for two seconds and your reader scares the cake out of you, let alone two weeks. Don’t stress! Unraggedify yourself!

Thanks :)


Juliana December 15, 2010 at 4:16 am

WOW WOW and WOW, this is amazing…I really wish I had something like that when I turned 30…I absolutely enjoy the pictures :-)


Conor December 16, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Thanks Juliana :) Perhaps I should start dropping thinly veiled hints now about my 30th cake…


Nancy/ Spicie Foodie December 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

Love your costume, lol! I used the same technique with my Nintendo, everyone laughed at me:) They just didn’t understand the great technique I had, haha. Conor you are a super baker! I can’t believe you made all of this, both the cake and cupcakes are beautiful. For my next (repeat) 30th Birthday I’m going to ask you to make my cake.
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Conor December 16, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Cheers Nancy! We so should have been playing together.. we would have jumped twice as high! Thank you, I’ll be happy to come visit and bake for you once I get my own private baker’s jet :D


Ellie (Almost Bourdain) December 15, 2010 at 8:22 am

This is so fun!!! Combining rainbow cake and Barbie cake into one. Love it!
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Conor December 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Ellie :) Everything’s better in rainbow.. it’s like bacon, right? ;)


Di December 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

That is a gorgeous cake!! and cupcakes too, rainbow colours are my favourite and ur cake is the happiest looking cake i’ve ever seen.


Conor December 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Thanks Di! I love your description.. it makes me happy to make a happy cake. All cakes should be happy :)


Arwen from Hoglet K December 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I’m sure actions help with getting a high score and shouting at the screen too. The rainbow looks great.


Conor December 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

Oh yes Arwen, screen shouting is essential!
Thanks :)


Cakelaw December 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

OMG – this is fabulous! When someone asks for Dolly Varden, they get way better – Princess Peach!! Love it.
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Conor December 20, 2010 at 8:35 am

Thank you!
I have to wonder.. has anyone done a Dolly Parton Dolly Varden cake? :)


Harriet December 18, 2010 at 1:10 am

I don’t think theres anything I can say other than WOW! That rainbow sponge is amazing!!!! Overal, how long did it take you to make?
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Conor December 20, 2010 at 8:38 am

Thanks Harriet! :)
I spread it out over two days – all the baking on Day 1, and also icing/fondanting the cupcakes. This probably took about 4 hours in total, although I spread it out a bit over the day. The following day I did the cake carving/fondanting and this probably took about 2 hours all up, though am sure I could have done it more quickly if needs be. I was happy that I allowed myself plenty of time afterwards to get my costume ready :D


cheffresco December 18, 2010 at 5:37 am

WOW!! This is seriously impressive! Any girl would love this cake. The swirl on the inside is just icing on top (or well in the middle =)!


Conor December 20, 2010 at 8:39 am

Thank you! Hehe, icing everywhere perhaps ;)


Agnes December 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Awesomely awesome cake! But you should’ve saved it for the colour party. ;)

Also, would like you to know that I learnt something from your post. If all else fails, throw vegetables. Good thing to know.


Conor December 20, 2010 at 8:40 am

Yay for double awesome, thanks Agnes :D
I know, I know! What a fool I am!

I hope you have some extra vegies at the ready in case of Christmas family arguments. Don’t be fooled in thinking pumpkins are good cos they’re big… they’re impossible to through very far.


Shirley December 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

Simply outstanding! I am totally speechless. How long did that take you?
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Conor December 20, 2010 at 8:42 am

Thanks Shirley! :)
About 4 days on one day, with all the baking and then icing/fondanting the cupcakes. The second day I did the actual dolly varden cake, with probably took about another 2 hours. Not exactly an undertaking for when you’re time poor, but it’s always worth the effort to see happy friends :)


Jenn {Defunkt Gourmet/Chinese Baba} December 29, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hi Conor!
Happy (Belated) Christmas and all the best in 2011! to you and your loved ones.
btw, i am loving LOVING! the Jem outfit. It is the best costume I’ve seen in ages.
I really need to invest in an awesome mullet.
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