Marie Antoinette never actually said what arguably became her most iconic quote. "Let them eat cake," or en français, "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche," first appeared in Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, written when Marie was only thirteen years old.
This cake was inspired by a Marie Antoinette-Barbie Doll's dress as well as the costumes and hair in Sofia Coppola's lovely movie based on Marie's life. The figures are both made of fondant. It was very satisfying to painstakingly sculpt the head, body, hair, dress, and ornamentation only to cover it all with [edible] blood in the end. That may have actually been my favorite part. I enjoyed making this, because like with my Bride and Groom cakes, I got to be Marie's stylist... as well as her executioner.