How To Make A Frozen ‘Elsa’ Birthday Cake

Frozen Elsa Birthday Cake Feature

Finally I’ve been able to get my butt at the computer desk and package this little treasure of a cake up for you all! I’m guessing it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are the Parent, Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle or Friend of an avid ‘Frozen’ fan you’re in the right place! We recently celebrated our baby girl Alani’s 4th Birthday and Elsa was invited! Just check out the reception she was given!……. Alani and Frozen Elsa cake

That’s what it’s all about, making those little people happy, it doesn’t matter what the cake looks like as long as the little or big person you have made it for is happy!

The first Birthday cake I ever made was for my Mum, I think I would have been about 9, I made a chocolate packet cake (with Dad’s supervision of course) and for some strange reason I had a fascination with that whipped cream you buy chilled in the tin, so guess what I decorated the top of her cake with? And guess what went everywhere when Mum blew the candles out?! It was giggles all round!! My point is that we all have to start somewhere and the more cakes you make the more adventurous and confident you get. It’s just the best feeling creating a cake for someone you love and watching them enjoy it! Mum and Dad thanks for being so patient with my cooking experiments at home and loving me unconditionally whipped cream and all!

Just in case you didn’t realise I have a slight obsession with making my kidlets Birthday cakes, my Mum always made my Birthday cakes when I was little and a special shout out to Dad who made me a Netballer cake when I was about 8 (I’m talking the whole GA bib and everything!) Mum I’m not trying to take away any of your glory, you were a fantastic Birthday cake maker and I will never forget all those Birthday parties and cakes you gave me, I will be forever grateful and I can only hope my own children will feel the same way about me in later years.

Ok enough of the sentimental, I think you know how much homemade birthday cakes mean to me!

Last year the whole cast of ‘Frozen’ were invited to Alani’s 3rd Birthday, that was a fun and easy cake to put together. This year I did up the ante on myself a little. I wouldn’t say it was any harder than last years cake just a little more time-consuming but well worth the effort!

Elsa and Happy Birthday!

So here’s a very Zamamafied tutorial of how this little Frozen ‘Elsa’ Birthday cake creation came to be. Note I make no claims of being a professional cake decorator so I do apologise if any of my terminology is incorrect, this post is supposed to have a very homemade feel about it :)

You will need: 

1 Elsa Toddler doll , Alani was given one for Christmas so that’s what we used.

2 ring tins  1 x 22cm, 1 x 20cm (I was fortunate enough to have one slightly smaller than the other) if you only have one tin that’s fine, you’ll just have to bake your cakes separately and maybe shave one down slightly when you assemble.

1 pudding shaped bowl or tin that is oven safe. (I used a noodle bowl) 1 square cake board or plate measuring approx. 35cm x 35 cm Plastic wrap (to protect Elsa’s dress)

1 clip or bobby pin (to hold Elsa’s hair up while icing and decorating)

5 disposable piping bags 2 closed star tip piping nozzles.

4 quantities of butter cake mix – 1.5 mixture for each ring tin and 1 quantity mixture for pudding bowl = 4 quantities (baking times will vary my ring tins took about 45 mins in a 160C fan-forced oven but my pudding bowl cake took about 1.5 hours and I had to lower temp to get it cooked through)

10 quantities of Butter cream icing ,also known as Vienna cream. (You will probably have leftovers but better to have too much than not enough icing)

Blue and teal food colouring

1 cup m&ms (if you want a little surprise in between cakes)

Edible blue pearls

White coloured edible cake decorating glitter  (the lady where I purchased it assured me it’s fine for consumption)

Strips of baking paper to use as a drop sheets around cake while your icing.

NOTE: the disposable piping bags, piping nozzles, teal food colouring and decorating glitter I sourced from Cake Bitz, I shopped in store but you can purchase online.

Frozen Elsa Cake 1 Elsa's sprinkles and sparkles

The Cake

I always make my birthday cakes in advance and freeze ( I find them much easier to handle, there’s a lot less crumbs to contend with and the cake is still more than delicious when it comes time for eating) the other plus is that you don’t have to do everything on the same day, so less pressure on you! If you don’t want to freeze cakes at least make them the day before and store in an airtight container in fridge. If you do freeze, wrap cake in foil, followed by plastic wrap and I store in an airtight container.

Cake must be fully defrosted before you ice, I take mine out the night before and leave wrapped to defrost on a wire rack on bench. You can find more information on freezing cakes here. When the day for assembling arrives get everything ready around you and allow a good morning or afternoon for this project, don’t be rushing (I was lucky enough to have Zadada entertain the kidlets for the afternoon).

The Icing

Make your big 10 quantity batch of untinted butter cream icing. I did mine in 3 batches (I have a kitchen aid mixer) if your electric mixer is smaller you may need to mix up in smaller batches. Divide mixture into separate bowls as listed below:

  • Cream(no colouring required): 1/6 mixture (This is for your filling, a thin crumb coat, the in-between filler rosettes and the top of Elsa’s skirt). If you have extra icing keep some in reserve for these areas as I did almost run out of my cream coloured icing)
  • Dark Blue: 1/6 mixture (for the first row of rose swirls on Elsa’s skirt)
  • Med Blue: 2/6 mixture (for the top cake coat and 2nd row of rose swirls on Elsa’s skirt)
  • Light Blue: 1/6 mixture (for the 3rd row of rose swirls on Elsa’s Skirt)
  • Light Teal: 1/6 mixture (for the final top 2 rows of Elsa’s skirt)

As far as colouring the mixture goes you will be the best judge for that. Just add a drop at a time for the lighter colours until you get your desired tone there is no right or wrong, the idea is to have 4 tones that go from dark to light starting with dark blue icing at the bottom of the cake and have each row gradually lightning as you come up the cake. By having all the icing around you you’ll be able to get a feel for how your colours are looking and whether you need to add more food colouring.

Here’s a visual of how it all comes together.

Frozen Elsa cake assembling collage 1 piping swirls Inserting Elsa into cake piping the top of Elsa's skirt

Assembling Instructions:

  1. Wrap Elsa from the waist down with plastic wrap.
  2. Position largest ring cake in centre of cake board facing top side up. Slide 4 baking paper strips around edges of cake to act as drop sheets. I wanted a little surprise in my cake so I spread some icing on ring cake and sprinkled some m&m’s over the top (I did use m&m crispy eggs as it was Easter but you can seriously use whatever confectionery surprise you like). Spread some icing on top of 2nd ring cake and invert on top of first ring cake as pictured above.
  3. Take your pudding shaped cake and cut a hole big enough so Elsa’s hips will fit through and position cake topside down on top of ring cakes. (I did trim the top of my pudding cake and used the off cuts to fill out Elsa’s skirt a little more (See picture above).
  4. Spread Cream icing in a thin layer all over cake as pictured above this will seal in all your crumbs. You may also need to use icing as a bit of a filler where the pudding tin meets the ring tin (the beauty of butter cream icing is that it can hide lots of imperfections!). Place cake in fridge to firm up approx 1/2 hour (if your fridge is anything like mine you will need to remove a shelf to fit the whole cake in especially once Elsa is in there too).
  5.  Spread half the medium blue coloured icing over your crumb coat. Again place back in the fridge to firm a little.
  6. While the cake is in fridge you can prepare your icing for piping.
  7. Note: during the planning stages of this cake if you haven’t piped before you may want to do a little practice first, just to get to know the feel of piping with butter cream icing and creating rose swirls. Depending on your climate you will probably need to pop your icing in the fridge for a little (approx. 20 mins) so it is firm enough to stay in position on the cake when you pipe but not too firm so that it won’t pipe through the nozzle. It does take a little practice.
  8. Carefully remove baking paper drop sheets. Using a milk cap or small scone cutter lightly mark out a row of rings along base of Elsa’s skirt as a guide for where your swirls will be positioned.
  9. Start with the row of dark blue swirls first and return cake to the fridge (approx 15 mins just so swirls firm up a little). Follow on with row of medium blue swirls returning to fridge as you complete the row. Then the light blue swirls. Where there are gaps between the rose swirls pipe a single cream coloured rosette.
  10. When you are ready to pipe the teal icing (the top 2 rows of swirls) I inserted Elsa. Again filling the gaps with cream coloured rosettes and returning her to the fridge to firm.
  11. The last step was filling the gap between Elsa’s waist and the cake. I used my cream coloured rosettes again to fill the gaps and form the top of her skirt finishing it off with some edible blue pearls, and a good dusting of edible Hologram white glitter all over her beautifully iced gown.
  12. Place Elsa back in the fridge until she is needed, for us that was overnight.
  13. Enjoy!

Frozen Elsa Birthday cake feature 2

Now as I said this is a very Zamamafied tutorial, if you have any questions about making this cake please, please, please email me [email protected] message me via my Facebook page .

I thought I’d share one of my treasured moments from our 4th Birthday celebrations!

 

Mummy daugter treasured moment

Until the next time……. Zamamabakes          

(Visited 4,561 times, 1 visits today)

Frozen Elsa Birthday Cake Feature

Finally I’ve been able to get my butt at the computer desk and package this little treasure of a cake up for you all! I’m guessing it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if you are the Parent, Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle or Friend of an avid ‘Frozen’ fan you’re in the right place! We recently celebrated our baby girl Alani’s 4th Birthday and Elsa was invited! Just check out the reception she was given!……. Alani and Frozen Elsa cake

That’s what it’s all about, making those little people happy, it doesn’t matter what the cake looks like as long as the little or big person you have made it for is happy!

The first Birthday cake I ever made was for my Mum, I think I would have been about 9, I made a chocolate packet cake (with Dad’s supervision of course) and for some strange reason I had a fascination with that whipped cream you buy chilled in the tin, so guess what I decorated the top of her cake with? And guess what went everywhere when Mum blew the candles out?! It was giggles all round!! My point is that we all have to start somewhere and the more cakes you make the more adventurous and confident you get. It’s just the best feeling creating a cake for someone you love and watching them enjoy it! Mum and Dad thanks for being so patient with my cooking experiments at home and loving me unconditionally whipped cream and all!

Just in case you didn’t realise I have a slight obsession with making my kidlets Birthday cakes, my Mum always made my Birthday cakes when I was little and a special shout out to Dad who made me a Netballer cake when I was about 8 (I’m talking the whole GA bib and everything!) Mum I’m not trying to take away any of your glory, you were a fantastic Birthday cake maker and I will never forget all those Birthday parties and cakes you gave me, I will be forever grateful and I can only hope my own children will feel the same way about me in later years.

Ok enough of the sentimental, I think you know how much homemade birthday cakes mean to me!

Last year the whole cast of ‘Frozen’ were invited to Alani’s 3rd Birthday, that was a fun and easy cake to put together. This year I did up the ante on myself a little. I wouldn’t say it was any harder than last years cake just a little more time-consuming but well worth the effort!

Elsa and Happy Birthday!

So here’s a very Zamamafied tutorial of how this little Frozen ‘Elsa’ Birthday cake creation came to be. Note I make no claims of being a professional cake decorator so I do apologise if any of my terminology is incorrect, this post is supposed to have a very homemade feel about it :)

You will need: 

1 Elsa Toddler doll , Alani was given one for Christmas so that’s what we used.

2 ring tins  1 x 22cm, 1 x 20cm (I was fortunate enough to have one slightly smaller than the other) if you only have one tin that’s fine, you’ll just have to bake your cakes separately and maybe shave one down slightly when you assemble.

1 pudding shaped bowl or tin that is oven safe. (I used a noodle bowl) 1 square cake board or plate measuring approx. 35cm x 35 cm Plastic wrap (to protect Elsa’s dress)

1 clip or bobby pin (to hold Elsa’s hair up while icing and decorating)

5 disposable piping bags 2 closed star tip piping nozzles.

4 quantities of butter cake mix – 1.5 mixture for each ring tin and 1 quantity mixture for pudding bowl = 4 quantities (baking times will vary my ring tins took about 45 mins in a 160C fan-forced oven but my pudding bowl cake took about 1.5 hours and I had to lower temp to get it cooked through)

10 quantities of Butter cream icing ,also known as Vienna cream. (You will probably have leftovers but better to have too much than not enough icing)

Blue and teal food colouring

1 cup m&ms (if you want a little surprise in between cakes)

Edible blue pearls

White coloured edible cake decorating glitter  (the lady where I purchased it assured me it’s fine for consumption)

Strips of baking paper to use as a drop sheets around cake while your icing.

NOTE: the disposable piping bags, piping nozzles, teal food colouring and decorating glitter I sourced from Cake Bitz, I shopped in store but you can purchase online.

Frozen Elsa Cake 1 Elsa's sprinkles and sparkles

The Cake

I always make my birthday cakes in advance and freeze ( I find them much easier to handle, there’s a lot less crumbs to contend with and the cake is still more than delicious when it comes time for eating) the other plus is that you don’t have to do everything on the same day, so less pressure on you! If you don’t want to freeze cakes at least make them the day before and store in an airtight container in fridge. If you do freeze, wrap cake in foil, followed by plastic wrap and I store in an airtight container.

Cake must be fully defrosted before you ice, I take mine out the night before and leave wrapped to defrost on a wire rack on bench. You can find more information on freezing cakes here. When the day for assembling arrives get everything ready around you and allow a good morning or afternoon for this project, don’t be rushing (I was lucky enough to have Zadada entertain the kidlets for the afternoon).

The Icing

Make your big 10 quantity batch of untinted butter cream icing. I did mine in 3 batches (I have a kitchen aid mixer) if your electric mixer is smaller you may need to mix up in smaller batches. Divide mixture into separate bowls as listed below:

  • Cream(no colouring required): 1/6 mixture (This is for your filling, a thin crumb coat, the in-between filler rosettes and the top of Elsa’s skirt). If you have extra icing keep some in reserve for these areas as I did almost run out of my cream coloured icing)
  • Dark Blue: 1/6 mixture (for the first row of rose swirls on Elsa’s skirt)
  • Med Blue: 2/6 mixture (for the top cake coat and 2nd row of rose swirls on Elsa’s skirt)
  • Light Blue: 1/6 mixture (for the 3rd row of rose swirls on Elsa’s Skirt)
  • Light Teal: 1/6 mixture (for the final top 2 rows of Elsa’s skirt)

As far as colouring the mixture goes you will be the best judge for that. Just add a drop at a time for the lighter colours until you get your desired tone there is no right or wrong, the idea is to have 4 tones that go from dark to light starting with dark blue icing at the bottom of the cake and have each row gradually lightning as you come up the cake. By having all the icing around you you’ll be able to get a feel for how your colours are looking and whether you need to add more food colouring.

Here’s a visual of how it all comes together.

Frozen Elsa cake assembling collage 1 piping swirls Inserting Elsa into cake piping the top of Elsa's skirt

Assembling Instructions:

  1. Wrap Elsa from the waist down with plastic wrap.
  2. Position largest ring cake in centre of cake board facing top side up. Slide 4 baking paper strips around edges of cake to act as drop sheets. I wanted a little surprise in my cake so I spread some icing on ring cake and sprinkled some m&m’s over the top (I did use m&m crispy eggs as it was Easter but you can seriously use whatever confectionery surprise you like). Spread some icing on top of 2nd ring cake and invert on top of first ring cake as pictured above.
  3. Take your pudding shaped cake and cut a hole big enough so Elsa’s hips will fit through and position cake topside down on top of ring cakes. (I did trim the top of my pudding cake and used the off cuts to fill out Elsa’s skirt a little more (See picture above).
  4. Spread Cream icing in a thin layer all over cake as pictured above this will seal in all your crumbs. You may also need to use icing as a bit of a filler where the pudding tin meets the ring tin (the beauty of butter cream icing is that it can hide lots of imperfections!). Place cake in fridge to firm up approx 1/2 hour (if your fridge is anything like mine you will need to remove a shelf to fit the whole cake in especially once Elsa is in there too).
  5.  Spread half the medium blue coloured icing over your crumb coat. Again place back in the fridge to firm a little.
  6. While the cake is in fridge you can prepare your icing for piping.
  7. Note: during the planning stages of this cake if you haven’t piped before you may want to do a little practice first, just to get to know the feel of piping with butter cream icing and creating rose swirls. Depending on your climate you will probably need to pop your icing in the fridge for a little (approx. 20 mins) so it is firm enough to stay in position on the cake when you pipe but not too firm so that it won’t pipe through the nozzle. It does take a little practice.
  8. Carefully remove baking paper drop sheets. Using a milk cap or small scone cutter lightly mark out a row of rings along base of Elsa’s skirt as a guide for where your swirls will be positioned.
  9. Start with the row of dark blue swirls first and return cake to the fridge (approx 15 mins just so swirls firm up a little). Follow on with row of medium blue swirls returning to fridge as you complete the row. Then the light blue swirls. Where there are gaps between the rose swirls pipe a single cream coloured rosette.
  10. When you are ready to pipe the teal icing (the top 2 rows of swirls) I inserted Elsa. Again filling the gaps with cream coloured rosettes and returning her to the fridge to firm.
  11. The last step was filling the gap between Elsa’s waist and the cake. I used my cream coloured rosettes again to fill the gaps and form the top of her skirt finishing it off with some edible blue pearls, and a good dusting of edible Hologram white glitter all over her beautifully iced gown.
  12. Place Elsa back in the fridge until she is needed, for us that was overnight.
  13. Enjoy!

Frozen Elsa Birthday cake feature 2

Now as I said this is a very Zamamafied tutorial, if you have any questions about making this cake please, please, please email me [email protected] message me via my Facebook page .

I thought I’d share one of my treasured moments from our 4th Birthday celebrations!

 

Mummy daugter treasured moment

Until the next time……. Zamamabakes          

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23 Comments on “How To Make A Frozen ‘Elsa’ Birthday Cake

  1. I love that you even included the bobby pin to hold her hair up out of the way! An amazing cake, just incredible. Well done!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Sometimes it’s the little things.
      Thanks for such kind words Malinda xx

      Reply
  2. Wow! that is a seriously impressive cake. My 6 year old would go nuts for that – she had a Frozen party for her birthday too (as did every one of her friends) and we (I) went all out with the themeing. I have special memories of my birthday cakes from growing up too (got to love the WW Cakes) and now my girls get to go through the cook books and Pinterest to choose what they want each year, they start months in advance as they have to find something that I can actually make!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Birthdays are so exciting especially when you’re little.
      I love hearing how other families decide on their Birthday cakes.
      I’m sure you could make any cake you set your mind to Vicki, you create such delicious food!
      PS – how good is Pinterest & Google, we’d be lost without them these days.
      Thanks for stopping by lovely.

      Reply
  3. Gosh that is quite spectacular! I bet she was one happy birthday girl.

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Emily.
      The birthday girls reaction was priceless!

      Reply
  4. I just love that look on your little girls face. What a magnificent cake!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Thanks Nicole. The reaction made my heart go pitty pat! She really did love it, everyone did!

      Reply
  5. Brilliant Elsa cake, my niece would love this!

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Ingrid it was such a fun cake to make.
      You should surprise your niece and make it for her next birthday!

      Reply
  6. Oh my Gosh! Will you look at that beautiful picture of you both. Just gorgeous. You both have the same eyes. As for Elsa. Wow. I thank you for the fantastic instructions because no doubt I will be needed them very soon. At the moment Miss Five is tossing up between Frozen, Sofia or Barbie. All Dolly Varden style cakes. I may be calling on you for some advice. It’s still a couple of months away though xx

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      You are too gorgeous Renee, thank you.
      As for the instructions you are welcome!
      How funny, such big decisions for little people to make, little sweethearts.
      You know I’d be more than happy to give any advice. xx

      Reply
  7. I love that picture of you both! You are so clever! That cake is a masterpiece and I’m sure it’s a birthday your little miss will never forget! Just genius. I wish I had a cake like that for my birthday. You’re never too old for a princess cake, right?!

    Reply
  8. Oh, her face says it all! This is going to be one popular post! xxx

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

  9. What a fantastic job you did with that cake. Thanks for sharing the how to, though I think it is beyond my baking expertise!

    Leaving some belated fairy wishes and butterfly kisses from #teamIBOT

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      You’re very sweet Rhianna.
      Don’t under estimate yourself, I think anyone could make this cake if they set their mind to it. The biggest tip I have for you is setting aside enough time, don’t be in a rush and you’ll be fine.

      Reply
  10. WOW! My little miss would just adore this cake, it’s a fantastic effort! I don’t own a piping bag, perhaps I’ll invest… :)

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      You should totally invest Amy, I’ve also seen disposable piping bags at Coles. It really is such a fun cake to make, almost too pretty to eat! Almost but not quite 😉

      Reply
  11. Wow. I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that it’s humanly possible to make that cake. Wow. just wow x

    Reply
    1. Dannielle

      Oh thank you lovely lady!
      I want everyone to know it’s humanly possible to make this cake, all you need is a little bit of time and patience.
      Hopefully this post will entice lots of you to give it a go!

      Reply
  12. OMG hun… this cake is freaking amazeballs! I dont have any girls but I can only imagine this cake is the ultimate girls dream cake!!! Well done you clever woman you xx

    Reply
  13. Sarah

    Hi there,

    Thank you so much for posting this, i have that exact Elsa doll and was hoping it could be used for a cake! Yours looks AMAZING!!!! I will be using your recipe for sure this time next month for my little girl’s fourth birthday.

    Just a couple of questions – about how many serves do you get out of this cake (i’m just wondering because of the bigger doll if that means it only serves a few or ?), and how in the world do you cut the cake?!

    Thank you!

    Sarah

    Reply

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