I made this doll cake for my daughter's fifth birthday party. It was a Princess party, and all the little girls wore princess dresses to the party. So, of course, the birthday cake needed to match.
I took a rounded cake mold, the kind you would use to make a soccer ball cake. I baked an ordinary boxed cake recipe, using the excess to make a simple square cake for eating after the Doll Cake was finished. I then took a doll, removed the legs, and buried her up to the waist in the cake.
I used frosting to create a dress that covered the doll and stretched down over the cake, using various cake decorating tools to create different textures at different places on the dress.
I made sure that before cutting the cake, I removed the doll where the girls couldn't see me do it, so there was no shock to seeing the legless doll.