|Charles James Ball Gown as seen in Vogue 1951|
I was definitely one of those kids who loved Barbies and all things dress-up growing up. So, I really loved seeing this in the subject line of in my inbox: VOGUE story/Charles James. Vogue.com wanted to do a story in anticipation of the Met Gala in honor of Charles James assigning a handful of bakers to create "barbie cakes" modeled after iconic Charles James dresses. Yes! I didn't even check my schedule, because it was just too fun to say no to! I have to admit, I have never made a Barbie cake before, but I have always been tickled the pure kitsch of it. Then there was also something brazen and ironic, in the best possible way, about draping her in a gown by the legendary master of complex sculptural fashion design, Charles James.
Here's a STEP BY STEP:
(this Barbie cake is dedicated to Brenda Maher :)
|3. Cutting circles of moist and delicious chocolate cake for the gown|
|4. Clockwise from top left: Barbie wrapped in floral tape, and secured to base with dowel and modeling chocolate; the cake was built by cutting the circles in half and filling with buttercream; a quick crumb coat and carved for basic skirt shape|
|5. Cover cake skirt with modeling chocolate, and little run trial run with parchment paper|
|6. Drape modeling chocolate with fondant|
|7. Build up skirt poofs with modeling chocolate|
|8. Mold bodice onto figure and cover skirt with a super thin layer of fondant|
|9. Details, details, details, then time to gild the Barbie|
|10. Barbie (looking pretty and oh so realistically hot at 55)|
|Charles James Ball Gown Barbie Cake as seen on Vogue.com 2014|
To see the full Article: 6 Barbie Cakes Modeled After Dresses by Charles James by Mieke ten Have.
Thank you, Mieke ten Have!