Princess tiara birthday cake

WHEN I say you can make a princess tiara birthday cake in two hours, I’m including the baking of the cake too. Oh yes, this was definitely not in the realm of the princess castle cake.

Princess Castle birthday cake

It’s fair to say she was pretty impressed!

Although, that only took about an hour longer and heaps of extra muscles.

I actually was super organised and had the cake cooked the day before for Princess Ella’s birthday on Saturday. However, due to a teething Li’l Holly who refused to let me put her down while I cooked the cake and a recipe that I really doubt was up to scratch, the cake ended up feeling like rubber.

So Saturday morning, the day of Princess Ella’s fourth birthday, I ditched the rubber wheel and went for my trusty old Women’s Weekly rich chocolate cake recipe. I swear it’s foolproof. If you need that recipe, visit the princess castle birthday cake tutorial.

Adding to the drama of the morning, we realised we didn’t have a tiara anywhere in the house. Kind of crucial for a tiara cake. The spin off was I got some free time while The Bloke in The Shed and Ella went off to buy one. They came back with a pretty tiara and a rather ugly princess wand.

This is what happened while they were gone:

princess tiara cake

After the cake is baked, knead and then roll out the ready roll icing on a bench dusted with icing sugar.  Lay the icing over a rolling pin and transport it to the cake so it doesn’t break. Smooth it down around the edges and cut off any excess.

princess tiara cake iced

Add some colour to leftover icing and knead in well. I had two small batches of icing and put more colour in one than the other deliberately. Cut out letters with cookie cutters and any other shapes. The word “princess’’ was spell checked before assembling.

princess tiara cake

Boil some sugar water (one part sugar, to two parts water). Brush over cake and letters. Add silver balls in a pattern. You can add lines with a knife as a guide. I started to do this, then changed my mind. Hmm, always a nice effect.

princess tiara cake


princess tiara cake

Add the tiara. And presto, a quick birthday cake


Princess tiara cake

princess tiara cake

Oh, and I forgot: blow out the candles

blowing out four year old's birthday candles on princess tiara cake

and then lick the tiara.

chocolate cake off tiara, princess tiara cake

Need a tiara? Click the image below to grab this gorgeous one!
How long do you usually spend making birthday cakes? Or does the local supermarket do your cooking for you?

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23 Responses to How to make a princess tiara birthday cake in two hours

  1. My baby girl is only 16 weeks old but I am already looking forward to her first birthday cake (not looking forward to her actually growing up but the cake!)
    I am going to have to check out the princess castle cake as if it’s as pretty as the princess tiara cake it will be perfect for my little girl.
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    • Kel says:

      The birthday cake making is definitely the fun part, Sara. I’ve enjoyed making all the girls’ cakes. I had to enlist a bit of help with the castle cake, because it was done at the last minute (a bit of a theme for me!!). But the tiara cake was pretty simple and there’s lots of scope to add your own touches to it too! x

  2. Seana Smith says:

    I have a foolproof beetroot and chocolate cake which has been my birthday cake for many years, decorated with maltesers, strawberries, jelly snakes or whatever… my boys never were that keen on anything more special.

    However! Now with a five year old princess, we have a butterfly mould which works really well and she loves to pipe icing on. She and I have seen a card though advertising cake decorating classes and she’s begging to go and I’m keen too. Xmas pressie for me??!!
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    • Kel says:

      Wow! Beetroot? Sounds really interesting, Seana. I think any kid would be in heaven with maltesers, strawberries and jelly snakes. Heck, I’d be happy with that!! LOL!
      I would so love to do a cake decorating class. These two birthdays are making me want to bake cakes every month! Lucky I’ve got my birthday to go next month!!! Hmm, now to decide what to make. 🙂

  3. Looks fabulous! I’ve never used that type of icing but I really want to attempt it 🙂
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    • Kel says:

      It’s so easy, it’s crazy, Kate! All you have to do is knead it a bit and then roll it out and it does whatever you want it to. I’m finding it easier than butter icing! 🙂

  4. Looks great… and happy birthday Miss Ella! x
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  5. Louisa says:

    Happy Birthday to Princess Ella! Cake looks great – I’ve never experimented with that type of icing either, I’m a total buttercream girl but one day I’d love to give it a go 🙂 Like Seana, I see a cake decorating class in my future 🙂
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    • Kel says:

      Thanks Lou. The icing is incredibly easy to use. As I posted on Kate’s comment, I’m finding it easier to use than butter icing. Especially with chocolate cake. When I use butter icing you can always see the chocolate cake through it! This icing takes mere seconds! 🙂
      I’m with you and Seana, I’m hooked on this cake decorating and want to learn more!

  6. Toni says:

    WOW, that cake looks AMAZING!!! and I’ve made around 80 just for my own kids so I should know!!

    I have to go lie down now — 80…..
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  7. Lisa wood says:

    That looks so simple, yet so gorgeous! Love the idea of making a cake that doesnt take time, but taste good 🙂
    Happy birthday Princess.

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    • Kel says:

      Thanks Lisa. Yes, the time factor was a big issue with this birthday, so this cake worked perfectly. Might have to pull it out for the next birthday and just slightly modify it! 🙂

  8. katepickle says:

    wow that is an awesome cake! Can’t believe you did the whole thing in two hours! I am in awe!
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    • Kel says:

      Hehe!! It was actually pretty simple. Well, after doing the princess castle one, anyway! My cake recipe is a “throw everything in the bowl and turn on the mixer” recipe and the icing is just “knead and roll”. I kind of feel like I’m cheating! 😉

  9. Jane says:

    I am hopeless at making cakes. That’s one skill I didn’t get. That cake is so cute though.

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  11. Ruth says:

    I would love to say that I spend two or so hours making my kids birthday cake but it is a labour-intensive week long project that I do every birthday! I enjoy it and it’s become a special birthday tradition 🙂
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    • Kel says:

      Good on you, Ruth. If you enjoy it, I say embrace it! I wish I was a better cake decorator. Some of the cakes I see, I just think `wow’! Mind you, I’m only at cake 4. I have a lot more cakes to come yet! 😉

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