I made this Castle Birthday Cake for my granddaughter's 3rd birthday.I used the Wilton kit and instructions. I used the Wilton plastic round dowels and next time would probably opt for wooden dowels instead.
Also keep in mind that you need a cake that is dense enough to hold the layers or use a small divider plate between the larger and smaller layers to eliminate the bottom layers from being too packy. A cake that is too moist will not hold up under the weight.
I used Royal icing and Wilton Sugar Crystals for the cones and edges of the windows and door. The Royal icing was also used to cement the dowels to the bottoms of the towers. This was done in advance and hardened. I used buttercream icing for the cakes, flowers and leaves.
It is important to decorate as you go. When the top towers are placed they need to be decorated when put in place before another is added as it becomes too crowded. Also the borders need to be done around the edge of the top layer before adding the middle towers.
I piped a strip of buttercream icing up the side of the bottom layer and on the base to set the bottom towers and then filled in the flowers around it. I used the pastel colors and was pleased with the look however, I think a colored castle with white sparkled top would be interesting as well and would look like a winter wonderland.
My daughter was having a Barbie and the Diamond Castle birthday and wanted a castle birthday cake. I looked at the cakes on this site and got some great ideas!
I used a 10" square and 6" round cake (each was 2 layers) for the castle. I supported the top round cake by putting doweI rods in the bottom cake. I also put one dowel through all the cakes to hold it all together. I iced these using the Wilton buttercream recipe (with a few tweaks).
The towers were made from paper towels rolls. I cut them in half and covered them with a thin layer of fondant. The tops were sugar cones that I iced with royal icing and rolled in clear sprinkles. I used the extra royal icing to make drop flowers that I added to the cake when they were dry.
I did the fondant and royal icing 2 days ahead so they would have time to dry. I attached them to the cake and the cake board with royal icing and they stayed up ...even in the car. I bought some stick on jewels and put around the top layer. The tiara and mirror were left over from a playset we had around the house.
The cake was a big hit! The only thing I recommend is putting the cake on an actual board instead of a cake board. It is very heavy and this helped to hold it up in transit to the party.
I made this castle birthday cake using disposable square cake pans, white cake mix, Bulk Barn buttercream icing, Wilton spray coloring, Wilton edible glitter, colored sugar and ice cream cones. The hardest part of making this cake look nice was trying to level it and filling in the uneven edges with icing.
Cut your cakes into whatever shapes you wish and then stack them on top of each other using icing. Put on a "crumb coat" of buttercream icing to "seal" the cake....wait approx. 15 mins. for the icing to "crust" and become slightly hard and then proceed to icing the entire cake. Dip the spatula in a dish of water frequently when icing the cake and the icing will be easier to work with and will have a smoother finish.
Spray the entire cake with edible spray coloring, add ice cream cones, marshmallow and any other decorations that you may wish. Sprinkle with edible colored sugar and edible glitter. (Brush corn syrup on the icecream cones and then roll in the colored sugar to get the "sparkle" effect.)