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Castle Cake 173

by Rochelle
(Tigard, Oregno, USA)

The Castle Cake!

The Castle Cake!

Originally I was going make cupcakes with bows for my daughter's 5th birthday party. When I was searching around for cupcake ideas on the web she saw the castle cake and squeaked with glee that she just loved it and would it not be the best to have it for her party? Being the softie that I am about childhood fun I committed to producing it for her. Little did I know how much work this cake would turn out to be!

So with the cupcakes shunned by the birthday princess I began my quest. I purchased the Wilton romantic castle cake set for making the cake (I used a 40% off coupon at Michael’s so came to about $11). After doing lots of research on others experience with this cake I set out to make it thinking to myself it won't take me that long.

I made butter cake from a mix, a 10" and 7" round both double layered which were stacked with raspberry filling. I used vanilla Italian butter cream to frost the cake. I am so excited because I recently mastered making this butter cream. If you haven't tried it you must. It's the best tasting frosting ever. It's involves making a sugar syrup that is used to cook whipped egg whites.

Then I covered the cakes in white marshmallow fondant. I made more pink fondant flowers than I care to remember, a couple hundred, and probably used about 2/3rd's of them. The flowers were made a few days in advance to dry and the fondant was made a day ahead to rest.

I covered a thick wood board with heavy duty foil for the base. Stacked the cakes after they were covered in fondant using stiff straws. Covered the turrets in purple royal icing and sprinkled with colored sugar and assembled. As I Assembled the cake top to bottom I placed the flowers, piped leaves and borders. A good trick I came up with to make the pillars stay securely in the cake was to drill holes in the bottoms just big enough to hold a wooden skewer tightly. This is much better than trying to "glue" a dowel on flat plastic surface with melted candy to stick into the cake.

A word of caution if you take this on to please your little princess, it took forever to make. I would say I am a well seasoned armature decorator and I think this cake took the longest to make to date (This includes comparison to producing three tiered wedding cakes etc). Definitely give your self plenty of time to complete before your event. But for me it was a labor of love to mark this mile stone in my daughter's life and I am pretty proud of how it turned out.

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Great Job!
by: Shannon

My story sounds similar to yours! Don't you just love the Michael's and Hobby Lobby one item coupons? I know how hard it was to do this and you did a masterful job! Kudos!

Great Cake
by: Sarah T

I am planning to buy this with my coupon also! I have twin girls so their cakes have to be out of this world! They had 5 cakes for their 1st bday. This year 2nd bday is Tinkerbell, but maybe next year I will tackle this one! Your's looks just like the pic on the box :)

by: laura

First the cake looks perfect! What a great job you did. The frosting sounds so yummy, would you mind giving me the recipe?

by: Shirley

Your cake is so beautiful. i understand when you say it is a work of love because I know how hard this cakes are but how happy to are to please your little princess! I have a quick question. What do you use for the pillars? Please let me know so I can start the work today since I have two days for my little girl 4th B-day! Thanks for sharing!

castle cake
by: Heather Phillips

Hi I just want to say i luv yr cake

by: Anonymous

What mold did you use to do the flowers? Do you think I can use the smallest flower mold to make the bud for the flower fondant? Thanks!!!

It was worth all the work you put in.
by: Anonymous

You did a beautiful job, you should be proud.
I loved this cake.

Help Make This Day Special
by: Maricia

Hi. This cake would put a smile on my little princess' face. It would be nice if you would give a tutorial on how you made it. This will be her 1st party she will be 6 years old in a month

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