Looking over the castle cakes posted at this site gave me the inspiration for my princess castle 3rd birthday cake. I used many of the tips others so graciously provided. To ease the entire process I did preparations a few days ahead.
Two days before I cut out all the windows, doors and candy accessories. The next day I baked, filled, shaped and thinly iced the cake and placed it in the refrigerator. I also iced all the ice cream cones. The last day, I iced the cake and added the towers and accessories. In addition, I found that adding a box of instant pudding to the cake mix gave the cake an better texture to work with.
Since I had to transport my cake, I placed long thin sticks through the upper cake layers for the upper towers and cut out the corners of the top layer of the bottom cake so the bottom towers set into the castle. This really helped to support them. I brought extra icing and accessories for minor mending when I reached my destination.
My niece is a huge Disney Princess fan. For her 4th birthday, I wanted to make her a Princess castle cake. I came across coolest-birthday-cakes.com when searching for ideas. After looking at tons of photos, I decided to purchase the Wilton Castle Kit. I had a GREAT time with all the royal icing detail work!
From start to finish it took two days of non-stop work. I ended up having to modify the construction in order to accommodate the size cakes we needed to feed all the guests. The princess figurines were from my nieces collection and added a little more dimension. My niece was one happy birthday girl and the envy of all her little friends!
I made a large Victoria sponge with jam and butter cream on the inside. To bind the icing and the cake together I put a thin layer of butter icing all around the cake to level it out.
For the turrets I used choc Swiss rolls and wrapped them with with rolled icing. I used ice cream cones for the tops. That with some sparkle and edible glitter and a few other bits, created my daughter lily's 4th birthday cake.
The Princess Castle Cake did take about 4 hours to do start to finish but it was worth it to hear my daughter say, OH WOW!! I LOVE MY CAKE MOMMY.. it was worth it.
I made this Princess Castle Cake with 4 boxes of cake mix. The bottom part of the castle is 3 layers high and the top part is 2 layer. I used a homemade icing that I like to use which is 1 cup shortening, 1/2 cup butter, 2 tablespoon vanilla flavoring, 1/4 to 1/3 cups of milk and powder sugar.
I bought the kit which is the princess's, the pink round parts of the castle, door, and picture frame. I decorated the board to look like a yard with a river/lake through it. I used a graham cracker for the bridge.
For this Princess Castle Cake I made a large sheet cake, 2 square cakes and a small square cake. I used ice cream cones for the towers and colored mini marshmallows for trim. The fireworks over the castle are wands purchased at Dollar General.
I got a lot of ideas from this site and incorporated some of my own ideas! Had a blast making this cake and everyone absolutely loved it!