According to WiseGeek.com, a princess cake is a traditional Swedish dessert consisting of layers of cake, filled with pastry cream and jam, and covered in marzipan (dyed a pale green).
Well, not in Tuscaloosa.
If I ever assumed a customer wanted the traditional version of the cake I would be wrong, no matter how tasty it might be. The closest we ever came to making it was this cake. It was requested SPECIFICALLY, down to the neutral marzipan and the pink fondant roses. The cake underneath is four layers of vanilla sponge, pastry cream, and raspberry jam.
Most Tuscaloosa princesses want a cake that makes them feel royal. Like this pink-on-pink fondant version for one-year-old Kera (complete with matching baby cake).
Or this stacked cake (made in a home kitchen with limited resources) for my niece, Kate's, 5th birthday. Her favorite "princess" Barbie sits next to the cake and the flowers were plucked from my sister's La Jolla garden.
Now don't you want a princess cake for your next birthday?