I thought I would make a cake for Halloween. I made this Homemade Halloween Haunted Castle Cake by first making a 8 inch round sponge which I then covered with fondant. I mixed a little purple gel colour into the fondant and mixed it until it had a marble effect. I then made three Swiss rolls and cut them into different lengths to make the towers and also covered these with the marbled fondant.
I then covered three ice cream cones with the fondant for the tops of the towers. I piped a little green gel to make vines growing up the sides of the towers. I made the entrance by cutting out a piece of flowerpaste and colouring it silver with petal dust and outlining some brickwork. The spider was piped on with black gel and the ghost is a marshmallow covered with white fondant and a face drawn on in black gel. The stones were just made of the leftover fondant rolled up and placed around the base.
My daughter asked if I could make her a cake that looked like the fairytale Neuschwanstein castle in Germany. Initially it was sort of a joke but I took it on as a challenge and made her a German Castle cake.
I made the towers out of thin butter cookie dough and rolled them onto a dowel to cool and harden. I put it together more or less like a gingerbread house. I used sugar cones for the peaks on the towers and the trees below are cookie trees that I decorated with green icing.
The base is the real cake portion. I used white cake with lemon filling in the center ( that's what my daughter wanted). Instead of covering the entire castle with icing I chose to outline most of the details around the castle. After I finished I dusted the entire thing with powdered sugar for that snowy look.
Everyone at the party loved it and was amazed at the likeness to the German Castle.
This Fondant Princess Castle Cake is my first complicated try with fondant. I made the marshmallow fondant and covered two 6"rounds and 2 9" squares. I also made candy gems using a silicone mold-A lot of work but worth it, be careful because the colored gems dripped after I brushed a little water on them to make them shine.
I also made a homemade chocolate cake for the 16" round base and covered it with chocolate buttercream. Now the turrets! What fun to make these chocolate cakes in a cookie tin that made a perfect cylinder.I sprayed them good and only filled them about 1/4 because they rise. I covered them with buttercream and then used a cobblestone press mold on chocolate fondant. The turrets tasted fabulous. I dipped the sugar cones in almond bark to coat and added wands (party favors) from a party store.
I got many ideas from this wonderful site! I put about 20 hours into this cake!
When my daughter was going through her Gothic phase, I made this Gothic Castle Cake for her thirteenth birthday. The castle was fashioned from one 13x9" vanilla cake and one 13x9" chocolate cake. I cut one of them to make the top floor and placed the remnants on either side of the bottom layer to make a larger ground floor.
I colored homemade fluffy frosting with black food coloring to make it gray and used dark chocolate Kisses, Snowcaps, and large chocolate bars for the accents. The drawbridge was made with toothpicks, and the towers from Oreo ice cream cones (topped with a dollop of frosting and a Snowcap). Granted, I should have used dark chocolate for the drawbridge and windows, as well, but the kids loved it. And when the candles were lit on the top, it looked awesome.
After the castle was "sieged", there were only crumbs and a few random smears of frosting left!