DIY Doll Blaire-Berry Cake + Recipe! - Summer On The Farm 2019
It's our last day in the kitchen at Summer On The Farm! This past week, we've whipping up scrumptious dishes alongside Aunt Maggie and the girls; not only for us, but our dolls, too. We have already prepared the delicious appetizer and a savory main course, but one vital part of our meal is missing from the menu— dessert!
Gather your ingredients for the most mouth-watering pastry of them all— the exquisite Blaire-berry Layer Cake!
Blaire-berry Layer Cake
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 - 35 minutes
Serves: 8 - 10
*Chef's Tip: It's important to decide how many layer you want your cake to be before baking. My cake is four layers, however, this is a lot of cake! Depending on the number of people you're baking for, I recommend starting with two or three layers to ensure that the dessert does not go to waste.
Ingredients for Cake:
One box of devil's food cake mix for every two layers (Depending on which brand you use, the following ingredients may vary slightly)
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
Ingredients for Icing:
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
6 cups of powdered sugar
Ingredients for Toppings:
Cake: Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8 inch round cake pan, then line the bottom with a circular piece of parchment paper. Blend cake mix, water, oil and eggs in a large bowl at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour batter in pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Cool the cakes in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove cakes from pan and cool completely before frosting.
Icing: In a large mixing bowl, combine the specified amounts of butter and vegetable shortening. Beat using an electric mixer until fluffy. Add in vanilla extract and mix again. Begin to add powdered sugar (around 2 cups at a time), mixing slowly. Continue to add powdered sugar until the frosting no longer appears wet and meets the desired taste.
To Assemble: Place the first cake of cake on a piece of cardboard or baking stand. Add a scoop of frosting and spread evenly. Pipe a border around the edges for a clean look. Evenly distribute berries on top of the icing layer. Add the second layer of cake. Repeat the steps of spreading the icing, piping a border, and filling the layers with fresh fruit. Repeat until all of the layers are on the cake. For the top layer, pipe or spread icing. Top the cake with arrangements of fruit. Then share with family and friends! (This cake is best served on the day it is made)
If your doll is craving something sweet, then she'll love a Blaire-berry cake of her own! Follow the instruction below to help her "bake" the dolly dessert.
Thick brown craft foam
Red and dark blue clay (Air dry or Sculpey)
Hot glue gun
Small cup of water
1. To create the cake's layers, press the inner part of a jar lid onto brown foam. This will create an indention that you can use as a guide while cutting! Carefully cut the foam circle out with scissors. Repeat this step until you have four foam circles.
2. Place the cake template on top of one foam circle, then press the end of your straw into the center. This will leave a mark on the foam. Remove the template, and cut along the mark to create a small hole. Repeat on all foam circles.
3. Slide the foam layers through the hole onto the straw, leaving a small amount of space between each layer. This will provide support for your cake. Trim the straw down to size (1 and 1/2 inch).
Repeat this step until all four layers are evenly space on the straw.
4. To make the icing layers, unravel a cotton ball to create a long strand. Then roll the long strand between your hands to create a long tubular shape of cotton. *Crafter's Tip: Lightly wet your fingertips as you roll up the strand. This will help keep the cotton smooth and also prevent any fuzzy flyaways. Starting at the center of the cake, wind the cotton around the straw until the layer has been filled. You can hot glue the cotton down as you wind, however, I’ve found that the cotton usually stays in place on its own. Continue on the remaining empty layers until the cake has been filled.
5. For the top layer, unravel a cotton ball and wind it into a small, flat circle. Hot glue the “icing” onto the final layer.
6. Now it’s time for toppings! Make raspberries by shaping red clay into a small bullet shape. Roll small bits of clay into tiny balls, then press onto the berry. To create blueberries, roll blue clay into small balls of various sizes. Bake in the oven at 275° for 15 minutes or until hard.
Arrange the berries on your cake, then secure with hot glue.
Penney’s Farm Journal
Remember that old recipe you baked for the farm feast each year? It just so happens that Blaire and I found it the other day, along with the recipe for something else, too— fun memories. Here’s what happened…
“So… what’s the plan? Why are we here so early?” Blaire asked, half asleep, as I pulled her into the kitchen. It was early morning, the time when dawn hadn’t arrived and everything was blanketed in a deep blue haze. Normally, I wouldn’t drag my cousin out of bed at such an hour, but had been up all night dreaming about the wonderful, big idea forming in my head. With Blaire’s help, I hoped to put it into action before the rest of the farm woke up… that is, if she could stay awake herself.
“Remember how your Mom said she hadn’t decided on what she’d bake for the farm feast dessert?”
Blaire rubbed her eyes, trying to focus her attention. “Uhhh… yeah?”
“Well, I was thinking that WE could make something!”
At that, my cousin was fully awake and wide-eyed.
“What? Bake the dessert… for the feast? But Penney, I thought you didn’t enjoy cooking—”
“I don’t,” I put in quickly. “I mean, I used to not like it, but I couldn’t stop thinking about what Aunt Maggie said. Cooking is more than measuring and mixing. I want to show her that I really believe that…” I trailed off, glancing at Blaire hopefully.
“Please, Blaire. I’ve made my share of mistakes on the farm, but with your help, I know we could do this… together.”
For a split second, doubt flashed faintly across Blaire’s face. Yet, as I had guessed, her creative side would do the deciding.
“Let’s do it!” she finally burst out in excitement. I cautiously held a finger to my lips. We didn’t want Aunt Maggie to wake up before we could even start!
“Oh, sorry…” She giggled. “I’ll be quiet.”
Though the idea of whipping up a dessert sounded easy-peasy, Blaire and I spent a good while rummaging through Aunt Maggie’s recipe box as we searched for the perfect treat. Things quickly became more difficult than I imagined.
“What about chocolate crinkle cookies?” Blaire suggested, eyeing a recipe card.
“That’s good,” I answered. “But we need something spectacular, something that will ‘wow’ the crowd.”
“Yeah…” Blaire sighed and tossed the card into a stack of rejected recipes.
I stuck my hand in the box, praying that we would find a good one. The right recipe had to be in there somewhere.
“What’s this?” My hand felt a tattered piece of paper, obviously different from the rest. Pulling it out, I read the card’s title.
“Elvira Wilson’s Chocolate Layer Cake. Look at this one, Blaire!”
“Oh, I remember that,” Blaire nodded nostalgically. “Granny used to make this each year for the farm feast. She stopped though when she moved off the farm,”
An adventurous idea began swirling in my head. “What if we made it, but with a twist?”
“Ooh, I like that!” Blaire agreed dreamily.
I rushed to the fridge and started grabbing ingredients. “It’s settled then. C’mon, let’s bake!”
The next hour went by in a rush. I worked on mixing up the batter while Blaire perfected our icing. We carefully filled each cake pan, and Cat (who happens to be an early riser, too) came to our aid when it was time to use the oven. The cakes were in, and the icing was ready, but I was shocked at the mess we had made!
“Goodness, we’ve got to clean this up!” Blaire grabbed a broom and began to sweep. “Quick, Penney, get a rag and wipe the countertop. If we hurry, this place can be sparkling clean by the time our cake is done.”
Now it was my turn to doubt. If I thought cooking was a job, cleanup was time times worse. But I thought of Aunt Maggie’s advice— this was just part of the process.
30 minutes and one cracked egg later, we finally managed to make the kitchen shine.
And just in time— our cake was done!
Blaire skillfully piped the snow-white frosting as I added each layer, but even though our cake looked (and tasted!) delicious, something was missing.
“Granny liked her cake plain and simple, so she always decorated with a mint leaf in the center,” Blaire stated matter-of-factly.
“Our cake is supposed to be different though,” I answered, studying our four-layer masterpiece. “We need something unique.”
Suddenly, Blaire snapped her fingers and grinned. “I know!”
She raced to the fridge and pulled out a bowlful of assorted berries. “Cat picked these the other day. They’d add a pop of flavor and serve as beautiful decoration.”
Yes! Thank goodness for Blaire and her idea sparks. Grabbing a handful, I carefully sprinkled berries here and there throughout the top of the cake. Then we stood back one last time to admire our work.
“It’s lovely,” I gushed.
“Heavenly,” Blaire said with a wink, innocently mimicking Aunt Maggie.
Then came an unexpected cry— “Oh my stars!”
We both looked up in shock to see Aunt Maggie herself standing in the kitchen doorway.
“Girls!! Oh- oh! Did you two… bake that?”
“Yes ma’am,” Blaire and I answered cautiously.
Aunt Maggie’s face was unreadable— was she shocked or surprised? We soon found out as she swiped her finger in the icing bowl that had been left on the countertop.
“My word,” She murmured, dipping her pinky in for a another lick. “If Granny could taste this cake right now… She’ll be as proud as a pot-belly pig when she finds out you girls made her famous cake!”
“It was Penney’s idea!” Blaire praised gleefully.
“But it’s called the Blaire-berry Layer Cake, since YOU found our inspiration,”
I said, playfully poking my finger at Blaire.
“But why do all of this?” asked Aunt Maggie, who was still gasping in astonishment. “I didn’t think you enjoyed baking, Penney.”
I blushed and folded my hands behind my back. “Well, to be honest, I didn’t. But I’ll never forget what you told me in the kitchen the other day, Aunt Maggie. Real cooking isn’t just about the preparation that goes into a meal. It’s about making memories together… And while I’ve made so many here on the farm, this is one I’ll never forget.”
Blaire grabbed my hand and gave it a squeeze, her freckled face glowing with happiness.
Aunt Maggie's pajamas - Emily's retired pajamas from American Girl
Cake stand - Our Generation
Piping Bag - Doll Days tutorial found HERE
When crafting, improvise and create using what works best for YOU! At the end of each camp craft, we'll be sharing ideas for alternative materials.
Make your doll's cake using clay instead of foam
Substitute pom poms for berries
Use white foam rather than cotton balls
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