I made this Princess Castle Birthday Cake for my daughter's very 1st birthday! She is our first child and our princess, so we just had to do it! It was the first time I ever attempted anything like this. Everybody was so happy with the way it turned out and I was pretty darn proud of myself too! I'm sure my baby won't remember it, but I've got the pics!
I started by searching online for pictures and ideas of castle cakes and combined a few different ideas to make the best one! I used a huge roasting pan to make the base of the castle. I used two layers and used Pillsbury butter recipe cake mixes.
I used 3 9" rounds for the top of the castle. I baked the cakes ahead of time and put them in the freezer so that they would be easier to frost.(I think putting them in the freezer made the cake really moist and delicious). I used sugar cones and ice cream cones to make the towers on the cake. I filled them with the extra cake that I had trimmed off. I pushed wooden skewers through the cones and through the cakes to keep them stable.
I decorated the castle with white and pink frosting, miniature marshmallows, pink airhead candy, a Hershey's chocolate candy bar, and some cute princess stickers.
I had so much fun making this cake, I took a bunch of pictures as I was building my masterpiece!
This Homemade Princess Castle Birthday Cake was fairly simply to make. It is two 8x8 square cakes beneath two 6 inch rounds. The towers are two regular ice cream cones with a upside down sugar cone. The towers I spread melted pink chocolate (found at any party store) on because I read many reviews how difficult it was to make frosting stick to cones.
Before the chocolate melted, I stuck the candy on them and them set each tower down to dry individually while I decorated the rest of the cake. The door is a Hershey's bar and the windows are mini Chessman cookies painted with icing. The towers are decorated with large smarties and rip n roll candy. I lined each layer with dots also. The water in the moat is just blue frosting and the "grass" is coconut died green (easy to do- just put it all in a bag and shake it- it turns out really well). The fish are Swedish fish and the draw bridge is 2 licorice and pirouine cookies as the logs.
I made the cake strawberry inside with strawberry frosting on the outside. It took about 3 hours to do and was about $80 for all ingredients. MAKE SURE you choose a sturdy plate to make it on, as cardboard WILL NOT HOLD IT.
This cake was really fun to make and really was very easy.
My daughter, Gabby's, cake was a Dream come True!! This 2 tier Princess Castle Birthday Cake was equally divided into 3 layers each tier. The bottom tier cake was vanilla with black berry filling and the top layer was vanilla with pineapple & mandarin filling. Note: The butter cream coconut frosting was only for Pineapple and mandarin cake. This was a yummmy combination! A total of 175 fondant flowers, pearl dust for shimmer, and homemade royal icing were especially made for creating the leaves, pasting the tiers, pasting flowers,& pasting sprinkles.
Lots of hours of family quality time was splurged for this summer cake project, and the results were ecstatic!!! However, we have discovered this summer, why cakes are so expensive!
To all the Bakers out there, you're worth every single penny!!
Thanks Wilton for creating castle cake sets!! 2 round Wilton baking molds (size your choice) 1 Wilton fondant 2 4.5lbs creamy white icing 4 food coloring 1 Wilton fondant flower cutter 1 coconut extract 1 variety sprinkles 4 cake rods 1 leaf tip 1 fondant shape kit 1 Wilton castle kit 1 cake plate Homeade royal icing And the secret recipe for me is "love"