Rihanna Met Gala Dress Cake

READY IN: 3hrs 40mins
YIELD: 1 cake


  • 2
    (15 ounce) packages boxed cake mix, plus required ingredients
  • 24
    ounces white fondant
  • 35
    ounces buttercream icing
  • 2
    ounces silver luster dust
  • 5
    ounces shimmer candy sprinkles
  • 5
    ounces vodka
  • 10
    ounces white royal icing
  • 3
    ounces black royal icing


  • Bake both box cakes in the doll cake pan.
  • Level and cut the cake into 3 Layers.
  • Cut holes into the center of the cake using a 1 inch round cookie cutter.
  • Add buttercream in between each layer of cake while staking them.
  • Cover the cake with a crumb coat of buttercream.
  • On the front of the cake, cut a big enough slit that will allow the dolls waist and thighs to be shown.
  • Crumb coat the slit.
  • Allow the cake to chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Use a template to create the pope hat out of fondant.
  • Glue the back of the pope hat together with vodka.
  • Once chilled, cover the cake with a large piece of white fondant.
  • Enhance the folds at the bottom of the cake to simulate fabric.
  • Insert the doll into the middle of the cake.
  • Using white fondant cover her chest and legs to begin creating her dress.
  • Using a small paint brush, brush on some vodka to glue the pieces of fondant together.
  • Drape white fondant at a 90-degree angle to create the skirt.
  • Use sculpting tools to texturize the fabric folds.
  • Loosely drape over the dolls arms and shoulder to create Rihanna's jacket.
  • Mix Vodka and silver luster dust together and then brush the mixture onto the dress and pope hat to give the dress a metallic look.
  • While the luster dust mixture is still tacky, sprinkle the shimmer candy over the entire dress and pope hat.
  • Use black and white icing to create the gowns embroidered look to the dress and the pope hat.
  • Place the pope hat on top.