A cake fit for a princess doesn't have to break the bank. Even the most novice chef can easily whip up an appropriately themed cake at home with some baking tins, colored icing and decorative notions purchased online or at your local party goods store. For an even simpler option, choose colorful cupcake liners and bake up personal treats. We like strawberry cake for its pink hue.
You might choose to bake a cake in the image of your daughter's favorite princess, or you can erect an elaborate castle complete with towers, turrets and a drawbridge. Whatever you select, step-by-step directions are available online for virtually any confection you desire. Just be sure to bake it a day or two in advance in case it falls flat and you need to fall back on your local bakery's expertise.