Thursday, January 04, 2007

Doll Cake

This is not your ordinary cake.

Oogah (oo-GAH), or cake, takes on a special meaning here in Israel. The trend in festive cakes looks like something you would find in stop animation films- you know, the ones with the clay sets and characters. These cakes are like a stage with dolls on them- a birthday child's dream come true! The decorations are made from an edible dough that is just like plastalina clay. It looks like so much fun! ESPECIALLY for those of us who like to make dolls.....and they're NOT just for kids.

I can walk into any nice supermarket, any baking supply store, and expecially any bookstore, and find a book and/or magazine with patterns, instructions and inspiration on how to make the shapes and dolls for this kind of cake. You can buy the "dough" in a specialty shop, or make it yourself.
Just add food color to the dough, and you've got "clay." Roll it out flat, cover the surface of the cake, and then sculpt dolls and "props" to your heart's content.

Here is a link to an adorable website:

It is entirely in Hebrew, but it is such eye candy. And ear candy! The site opens with a very popular kids' song: "Ein chagiga, blee OOGAH! (there's no party without cake!) Aifo aifo aifo aifo aifo... ha oogah?! (Where where where where where.. is the cake?)

And another site, called NOGA.
It is her work that I have displayed on my site.

I found a recipie for the dough in a magazine. I have translated it into English.


1/2 kilogram sifted powdered sugar
5 teaspoons water
3 teaspoons powdered gelatin
1 tablespoon soft butter
2 teaspoons corn syrup

1. mix the gelatin and the water, and heat up for a few seconds until the gelatin dissolves.
2. Heat up the mixing bowl with a hair dryer for example (Rivkah's note- I'm just translating haha! I guess it must be a metal bowl....) and mix all ingredients together in it. Mix well until the dough becomes uniform.
3. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 12 hours.

There is also a bit of icing used for decorating. Here's that recipie:

3 egg whites
1/2 kilogram sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Whip all the ingredients together for about 10 minutes.



  1. Wow, those are some pretty amazing looking cakes! But the real question is, how tasty are the decorations? Super sweet and only good for the kids, or do the adults also like to get a piece of them too? Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to try it out sometime. :-)

  2. What a wonderful custom! Love your blog Rivkah. Copied the recipe. Going to try it.


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