The Drunk Barbie Hen Do Cake…AKA “Could you make me this cake I’ve seen on Pinterest”

It all started with a conversation at work, my colleague had seen a cake on Pinterest and asked if I would consider making it for her for her friend’s hen party. Actually let’s go back a step, the Barbie cake was the second choice, the first suggestion was slightly more phallic and I’ll be honest, I wondered a) how the hell I could make that in cake form and b) how the hell would they transport that for over an hour in the car to where they were having the hen do. I was really relieved when the Barbie Cake was the final choice – a round iced cake…simple!  This was a commission I was happy to take on!

Bachelorette Party Cake

If you want to have a go too, here’s how I recreated it:


  • 200g self raising flour
  • 2 level teaspoons baking powder
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 300g butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 550g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
  • 200ml whipping cream
  • 325g icing sugar
  • Fondant icing

You’ll also need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Sieve
  • 2 x 20cm sandwich tins
  • Measuring scales
  • Mixing spoon
  • Cooling rack
  • Small saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Rolling pin
  • Small bowl/ramekin
  • Teaspoon


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius/Gas Mark 4
  • Grease and line the bases of two 20cm sandwich tins


Making the Cake

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into your mixing bowl
  2. Add the caster sugar, 225g of butter the eggs and 1tbsp water and beat until evenly mixed
  3. Divide the cake mixture evenly into the two tins and level the tops
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes (or until the cakes have shrunk from the sides of the tins and the tops spring back when lightly pressed)
  5. Turn out onto the cooling rack and leave to cool

Making and Adding Buttercream

  1. Melt 100g your chocolate – you can do this in two ways. The first is to melt it in the microwave, removing it and stirring it every 10 seconds. The second is to put the chocolate in a bowl and place over a simmering pan of water on the hob and leave it until the chocolate has melted. Whichever way you choose, you should let the chocolate cool on the countertop until it is just warm
  2. Beat together 75g butter and 150g icing sugar until very light and fluffy. Add the melted chocolate and beat again
  3. Spread the mixture on one cake and put the other on top

Covering your Cake in Ganache

  1. Break up 400g dark chocolate into small pieces in a bowl
  2. Heat your cream in a saucepan – when it bubbles, add it to your chocolate
  3. Leave it for a moment to melt the chocolate then stir until the two are combined and you have a glossy, smooth, thick chocolate creamy mixture
  4. Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge for an hour
  5. Cover your cake in the ganache smoothing it out so you have a smooth base to lay your fondant on

Covering in Fondant Icing

  1. Very lightly brush over your ganache with a wet pastry brush
  2. Dust your work surface with a little icing sugar and roll out your icing
  3. Carefully lay it over your cake and smooth out
  4. Break up the remaining 50g of chocolate in a small bowl or ramekin and melt in the microwave (again, I melted this by microwaving it for 30 second bursts, removing it after each burst and giving it a good stir)
  5. Using your tea spoon, drizzle the chocolate on the top of your cake

Iced Fondant Cake

All that’s left to do is to add your Barbie and her miniature and you’re good to go. You’ll see I also added some ribbon around the outside to finish the cake off. It’s not a bad copy is it?!

Got some leftover ganache? Check out my Chocolate Truffle Recipe – you’ve got the makings of a truffle, you just need to roll it out and coat it!

This isn’t the first time said colleague has challenged me to bake something…check out The One with the Courgette/Marrow… (!!)

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