Thanks to Pinterest and a few other lovely recipe combinations for a new buttercream frosting, Grace got the princess cake she requested for her birthday. Being forgetful as I am, I neglected to call our token cake lady on time, and so was stuck with trying to finagle a "creation" of my own. It wasn't as tricky as I thought, but I never have had a GREAT buttercream frosting that everyone loves, so that was the main challenge with this cake. I bought my first ever Wilton cake decorator (the cheapest one) and had a go at it. This may look complicated, but it is NOT (veteran decorators are cackling in the background). I'm a beginner and can't frost a sheet cake to save my life, so you can do this, too, if you have a little girl wanting a a cake.
I love that she loves to dance, she's into pink (and I never really was a girl) and loves to pretend to be a princess. Not the Disney kind, just the beautiful dancing princess that she pictures in her own mind.
I used approximately 31 cupcakes (ate #32) and probably way too much frosting. I filled in the really huge gaps with extra frosting, and used silver ribbon for the bow and belt; and the necklace, tiara, and wand were part of her birthday present. I also added the little pearl candies to dress up the dress on the hemline and centers of the cupcakes.
And the REALLY awesome GENERIC princess dresses were from Sam's Club (in a 2pk).
Happy Birthday little love!