My daughter (Mandi) works in a bakery dept of a local store. Michelle, her cousin, was asking about the castle birthday cake available to order at the store. She liked it but was hoping for something more personal and not like everyone elses. Mandi agreed to create one on her own for Bailees second birthday party which was in a few days.
After checking out several stores to get ideas on what all she could use and decorate with, she came up with this cake. They wanted a chocolate cake with buttercreme icing. Mandi made two-twelve inch layers for the bottom, then an eight-inch and then a six-inch. She iced it with the buttercreme and used Swiss rolls and sugar cones for the towers which she iced using a bag and tip to help it stand out a bit more.
She used strawberry icing for the piping and made (pink) chocolate roses for decorating along with darker pink M&Ms. She put a tiara she bought on top of the cake in front of the third tower and used candy letters to spell out 'Happy Birthday Bailee' and put the number '2' in the door on the bottom layer.
Everyone thought this homemade castle birthday cake was GREAT ! !
For this homemade castle birthday cake I baked a square two layer chocolate cake in 8 inch tins. These were sandwiched together with butter cream. The four towers were made from 2 large Swiss roll cakes cut in half so that one Swiss roll made 2 towers.
The cake was iced in fondant icing. It was a very pale blue made by using a large pack of white icing with a small pack of baby blue mixed with it. Then I sponged on gray paste food colouring with a kitchen sponge cut to size. I used wooden skewers to hold the towers to the cake. The battlements were added with fondant icing on top and held in place with butter cream and cocktail sticks.
Additional icing decoration was painted or piped on. The cake sat on a piece of blue cellophane on the cake board which made a great moat and all the rough edges were covered with piped butter cream icing in the appropriate colour. I made paper flags for each tower, as my son was four and there were four towers it worked well, and used a toy dragon and candles to complete the castle.
My daughter wanted a princess homemade castle birthday cake for her bday. I was like ok..... I wanted everything edible (it all was- except the princesses and 2 trees).
I made a huge sheet cake (butter pecan) and covered it with homemade marshmallow fondant and the filling was chocolate ganache. The main castle piece is two square pans of butter pecan cake with duche de leche (carmel sauce) filling and covered in homemade MM fondant and Italian butter cream icing.
The towers are rice krispies covered with butter cream and fondant. I bought 4 children juice cups from the dollar store, took the lids off and cut the bottoms off to form the rice towers. The top is also made of rice krispies. I used four waffle cones and made gumpaste roofs. I sprayed them with luster spray :)
The doors, flowers, path, windows, vines, and flags (that fell off during transport) are made of modeling Chocolate. I used piping gel tinted blue for water and bought chocolate rocks at bulk barn.
I was up until 5am making it :( ... But my daughter and everyone loved it :)!