I have been making a lot of castle cakes recently for my friends. So I thought I would share them with you.
I made this Homemade Princess Castle Birthday Cake from 3 different size tins. A 11" slab, 8"square and a 7" round tin. I made all the 3 cakes chocolate sponge and put a deep filled chocolate butter cream filling. For the towers I made another 11" chocolate cake and divided them into rectangle shapes so they stood up properly to fit the castle.
I covered all 3 cakes and towers in apricot glaze, it helps the fondant stick to the cake and also seals the cake from crumbs which might bubble under the icing. I used white fondant to cover the cakes and coloured some fondant pink and purple. I left the cake to settle with the fondant on it as didn't want it ripped while putting the decorations on.
While that was drying I cut the points of some ice cream cones and covered the top and bottom of the cones in the pink and purple fondant. When the cake was dry enough to place the decorations on I used edible glue to stick the points on. I made windows and the door also from fondant. I drew some climbing vines all around the cake with royal icing and used a nozzle, 2.5. I also used royal icing for the grass as well.
I then stuck some little candy flowers growing up the vines to look pretty.
For my 18th birthday I had a princess party. I've always had a themed birthday and this one was my last, hurrah, so I picked a theme that was childish because I was growing up. I really got into the theme by having everyone dressing in gowns and tiaras. I clearly needed a Homemade Princess Castle Birthday Cake to go with the theme. I decided to make my own cake because then I could control what went on the cake and I would be sure to like it.
I made 2 sheet cakes, one chocolate and one vanilla. The chocolate acted as the base which I covered with pink icing. Then I cut the vanilla sheet cake in half to act as the next layer. The other half was cut to fit as the third layer, and then the remainder was the top layer. I covered 4 cake cones with pink icing and turned them upside down on the four corners. Then I placed sugar cones covered in icing and sprinkles on top of them. My mom found cute sugar flowers, crowns, letters, and hearts to place on the cake. The moat is blue icing with goldfish in it. The drawbridge is an upside-down Hershey bar with blue wrapped Hershey kisses holding it up.
Around the cake I put marshmallow trees and princess figurines that I found at the dollar store. Then I added more Hershey kisses on it for the final touch.
My daughter is used to giving me a hard time when it comes to her birthday cake every year. She always wants mommy to make it and each year is more difficult than the last. This year was her 5th birthday and she wanted a Princess Castle Birthday Cake. So this was my best effort.
I cooked one 10in round golden butter recipe cake and one very small round cake with the same mix. I put white plastic dowels in the bottom large layer and then rough iced it and added the top layer. Then I rough iced that one.
I began adding the towers. I pre colored my icing ahead of time. Then I iced my waffle ice cream cones for the peaks of the towers and added them with icing. I piped my outline for the windows and doors. Also I pre made my flowers out of rose color fondant. I used a forget me not flower cutter to make them and dotted a dot of icing in the middle of each one. I added them to the cake with icing.
I only used buttercream icing on this cake. This was my first castle cake so I was pleased with the results.
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