The delicateness of a ballerinas has been fascinating little girls for years, so it may not come as a surprise when your daughter asks for a ballerina-themed birthday party this year. There are several simple ways to create a birthday cake with a ballerina theme for your little one's celebration; you can also get input from the guest of honor to have a ballerina cake professionally decorated in customized style.
Ballet Slipper Cakes
Use loaf pans or two circular cake pans to create cakes in the shape of ballerina slippers. After the cakes are finished baking, let the desserts cool for a few minutes before using a serrated knife to cut them into the shape of ballet slippers. Ice the borders of the cakes in light pink or purple icing, or cover the desserts in pastel-colored fondant that matches the birthday party's decor. Use white icing or fondant for the center of the ballet slippers to make the cakes look more realistic. Create bows from fondant, or use a icing to attach candy bows to the front of the cakes so they'll further resemble ballet slippers.
Mini Ballerina Layer Cake
Bake a layer cake in your daughter's favorite flavors, and ice the cake in purple, pink or yellow, connecting the two desserts with a layer of icing. You can also cover the cakes in fondant after they've cooled. Purchase small ballerina dolls from a baking supply or craft store to adorn the cake with, for example, a ballerina sitting and tying her slippers or extending her leg gracefully, and position the dolls all around the border of the top cake. Additional candy accents in the likeness of ballet slippers, tiaras and tutus along the sides of the cake will bring the theme together. Let your little girl ice the cake with you or choose the edible decorations to adorn the dessert before presenting the cake to guests.
Ballerina Likeness Cake
Consult with a professional baker to have a cake in the likeness of a ballerina for your daughter's birthday celebration. Request that the professional use textured accents after baking the cake in a pan that is the shape of a ballerina dancer, such as tulle around the "waist" of the cake for the dancer's tutu, or edible sprinkles and jewels to create a tiara for the cake. Fondant with a sparkly or shimmery finish can be used for the ballerina slippers on the cake, and you can ask the baker to personalize the dessert by adding your child's initial or the words "Happy birthday, (child's name)" in fondant to the ballerina's torso.
Cupcakes are a tasty alternative to a traditional birthday cake and are easy for little hands to hold. Purchase half-dolls from a baking supply store. After baking cupcakes in your daughter's favorite flavor, let the cakes cool before icing the cakes in her favorite color and sticking a doll likeness in the middle of each dessert. Keep on the paper holders you baked the cupcakes in, then surround the cupcake with a strip of tulle to resemble a tutu. Spray each cupcake with edible glitter in pink or purple before giving them to guests in lieu of a birthday cake, or as ballerina-themed party favors.
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