My little princess (my granddaughter) wanted a pink and purple castle for her 5th birthday party, so I set to work on this Castle Cake Idea several days ahead of time. I had seen a number of kits out there but wanted the entire cake to be edible so I decided to make my own.
I used three 9 x 9 square cakes for the base and two 8x8 square cakes for the next layer (I cut about 2 inches off the front of the 8 inch squares and set the smaller cakes toward the back of the first layer. For the four round towers at the corners of the castle, I baked cakes in 4 thoroughly washed soup cans. On top of the round towers I placed upside down wafer ice cream cones that I had frosted. I then placed sugar cones that had been frosted and then rolled in purple colored sugar on top. I put an ice cream cone turret at the top of the cake as well. The two smaller round towers on the top of the base cake were made in tomato paste cans and those were also topped with the purple sugar cones.
I used graham crackers for the door, the windows and the drawbridge. I added a pastel twisted marshmallow rope all around the bottom of the cake and also used that to make the ropes for the draw bridge. I sprinkled purple sugar all over to give it a little sparkle. (I did compromise a little by adding a few non-edible decorative pieces, the jewels on the front of the towers and the crown that I set on top of the cake when it was finished.)
This cake consists of 1 and a 1/2 - 10" round vanilla cakes coated and filled with vanilla butter cream. The turrets are made well in advance with gum paste so they set hard and are hollow. The turret tops are painted with silver luster powder mixed with a small amount of vodka and sprinkled with white sparkles.
I sandwiched the cakes together and coated with butter cream. I then covered the top with white fondant and then covered the sides with the blue fondant to match the turrets. The brick pattern was made with a rolling wheel tool and put onto the icing before it was placed on the sides of the cake.
Once the homemade castle in the clouds birthday cake was iced and the turrets were in place I iced the board with royal icing and dusted the top of the cake with silver luster dust. Then I constructed the rest of the castle using royal icing to stick everything in place.
The butterflies were made from gum paste and the antennae were made out of very fine decorating wire and stuck onto the walls of the castle with a little royal icing. The clouds were made from gum paste and the swirls on the board are for candles to be inserted.
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