What a special moment! Our little girl lit her own Shabbat candle for the first time, and it was such a beautiful evening.

I surprised her with her very own doll cake, and additional smaller doll cakes to be used as centerpieces for our community Shabbat dinner in honor of her birthday.

Each doll held a “tray” with a Shabbat candle on it, which I cut from silver and white card stock. I used a piece of yellow tissue for the flame.

My little girl ate her piece of cake right from a mini-cake platter. The delighted twinkle in her eye, icing-covered lips and obvious enjoyment were worth all the work!

I bought the cake mold from a local store. The pan is made by Wilton, and you can easily order it online. The mini doll pan makes four doll cakes. The doll inserts can be ordered online as well.

I used basic yellow cake for the large cake, and we served it as part of the dessert buffet.

Basic Yellow Cake

Recipe by Susie Fishbein

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 eggs

Mix all wet ingredients in mixer, then add all dry ingredients and mix well. Spray the pans with baking spray (like Pam with flour), and fill until about 2 inches from the top so the batter has space to rise. Pour into pan and bake at 325° F for 20–35 minutes for mini doll cakes, 40–50 minutes for big doll cake, or until cake tester comes out clean. If your batter rises too high, once the cake has cooled, simply slice off the extra. Make sure the cake is fully cooled before icing.

Wilton’s Buttercream Frosting

Yields 2¼ cups icing

(Note: To make enough icing for the large doll cake and four small doll cakes, double this recipe. You may even wish to triple it, to allow for mistakes.)


  • ½ cup solid vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tbsp. milk (rice milk or almond milk for a pareve option)


  1. In a large bowl, beat shortening and butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.
  3. Gradually add milk (almond milk or rice milk); beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Then add food coloring of your choice, and start by just adding 1 drop of coloring at a time until you reach your desired hue.

This batter makes 1 9″×13″ pan or 24 cupcakes or two 8″ rounds. For the purpose of making doll cakes, the following is important to note:

If you are making the Wilton Mini Wonder Mold, which gives you 4 small doll cakes, one batch of this cake batter will suffice.

If you’re using the Wilton Wonder Cake Mold, which makes one large doll cake, double this batter and use the leftover to make either two small doll cakes, or some cupcakes to have on hand for snacking.

Once the cakes are completely cool and you have made the icing, spoon the icing into either a piping bag or a freezer-size Ziploc bag. You will need a coupler and an icing tip. Using a “drop flower tip, #106” makes a very pretty design for these doll cakes. For tips on how to apply icing and how to decorate your cake, click here.

It's easiest to first ice the “dress” part of the cake, then add the doll and ice her, making sure to position her arms correctly. It’s very difficult to adjust the doll’s position after it’s frosted. Dolls can be purchased at cake decorating stores or online.