I bought one of those stick dolls you can buy in a craft store to make this chocolate mannequin cake. There is something about mannequins I find so attractive, it may be because they are shaped in the human form. I have a few of them around the house, two in the bedroom, a small one in another and little ones scattered here and there.
As a 9-year old, I used to collect what other people would think of as junk and keep them in what I pretended was my treasure box. I would load it with all kinds of beads, feathers, pencils, erasers, trinkets, you name it. Looking at the costume jewelry and trinkets I adorn these mannequins with, it seems I haven’t changed.
I actually baked this cake in early August, I just haven’t had the time to get my pictures posted. Assembling and decorating was the quickest and easiest I’ve done so far for a cake, if this isn’t the fastest way to get a cake decorated, I don’t know what is. On second thought, I take that back. Bundt cakes do not require frosting as they are pretty on their own. The glaze on bundt cakes is optional, so yes, correction on that, next to a bundt cake, this mannequin cake is the second easiest to decorate.
Since the icing was thin and pourable to start with, I just poured it all over the bottom layer, then the upper layers were small enough that I could just dunk them in the bowl. The smaller layers were completely covered and ready to stack in about 10 seconds.
Any cake recipe will work, you can even use a box mix if you prefer. I started out with three fluted pans of graduating sizes for the cake layers. The recipe for the cake and icing are exactly the same as what I used for the G Clef Birthday Cake. You will have a lot of batter out of the recipe, so just use the extra for cupcakes.
You get a lot of look, but ironically, for all its height, you don’t get a lot of cake. So this would best serve a small group who like dessert but are on a diet. In this case, you can still have your cake, but just not a lot of it.
I was actually going for the look of this gown, the cake doesn’t look exactly like it, but well, it’s the inspiration that counts.
Now obviously, this isn’t really a magazine cover, but it was fun to do anyway.
I thought I would pipe some flowers to give it a little color…..
And just like that the look was transformed from femme fatale to uhm, frou frou. Oh well, live and learn.
It may be a different look altogether…
I still like it anyway.
It’s easy to make and kind of cute.
And more importantly, it’s delish!
Chocolate Mannequin Cake