You Can Now Make Rihanna’s Grammy Dress Into an Actual Cake: Here’s the Recipe!

Rihanna stepped onto the red carpet last night in an enormous two-tiered Giambattista Valli gown that resembled a cake we’d totally see at a 12-year-old’s Barbie-themed birthday bash.

Of course the internet went wild with memes of the 26-year-old singer, comparing her to various cakes and cake toppers around the world, but today the gown inspired a chef to actually create an identical confection in honor of the bad gal and her Grammy attire — right down to her tattoos and hair style!

Claire Thomas / The Kitchy Kitchen

Chef and author Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen recreated a “Dolly Cake” version of Rihanna’s look, and it’s entirely on point. From the design of the pink frosting to the metallic embellishment on her chest and even the detail of her tattoos, this cake creation is perfection and would be a hit at any party. And the best part? She shared the recipe with us!

Here’s how to make it:

Rihanna’s Grammy Dress Cake

The Cake

1 ½ boxes cake mix (or 1 1/2 recipes homemade cake batter; I made a chocolate rum cake)

doll cake panCooking Spray

Flour, for dusting

The Doll

1 fashion doll

Black Marker

Small rubber band


The Decoration

Powdered Sugar

Red food Coloring

Silver Sprinkles



1 pastry bag

1 star tip

Sanding sugar, optional

The Frosting

32 oz cream cheese, room temp

16 oz unsalted butter, room temp

6 to 8 cups powdered sugar

Red food Coloring


1. In a mixer with a paddle attachment, blend the cream cheese and butter together until combine, then add the powdered sugar on low speed. Add a bit of food coloring until you reach the desired color. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 350F.

3. Grease and flour the cake pan, then fill with the finished cake batter (it should be 2/3 full). Bake for about 75 minutes, or until a toothpick pulls out clean.  Remove from oven, flip the cake onto a cooling rack, and let it cool, with the cake pan still on it, until completely room temp.  Remove the cake pan.

4. Meanwhile, prep your doll by coloring her hair, pulling it back, and trimming it. Draw tattoos onto its body, and add any other customizable touches. Paint the bodice by combining powdered sugar, food coloring, and a little water until you reach desired texture, and spread onto the doll using a toothpick. Add the silver sprinkles around the edges. Remove the doll’s legs

5. Push the doll into the top of the cake, and spread a layer of frosting onto cake, coating everything about a 1/4 inch thick. Add a second layer on just the top half of the dress, also about 1/4 inch thick.

6. Fill the pastry bag with the star tip with frosting, and make tiny stars all over the dress. Finish with sanding sugar if you like.