I decided I wasn't going to go to ChuckeCheese and buy a store bought cake this year for Amelia's third birthday. We decided it would be a home made party and cake. All 3 of my children helped me make this Princess Castle Cake.
We took 2 box cake mixes and put them in a standard rectangle pan and one 8" round and one 9" round pan. I covered a cookie sheet with tin foil before putting cakes on it. We mixed different amounts of red food coloring and cream cheese icing in 3 different containers to get 3 shades of pink. We used grilling skewers for the flag pole and gum sticks for the flags. I found colored pink cones at the grocery store.
We used purple and white gum drops for decorations. The castle doors, bridge, and windows are made out of graham crackers. The white icing ribbon was put on with a icing bag and one of those tops you find at the store.
The rest is pretty easy to see how we put it together. It took about 3 hours from start to finish and cost about $15.00 total. I am not much of a cook at all. I burn toast often but found this to be a fun project that my children enjoyed making with me. All the parents at the party were shocked at how great it looked. At the end of the day it was cheaper than a store bought cake.
I used this website to find ideas for this cake and just put this one together based on several other postings. Next cake will be a ballet cake, I better start looking now.
My princess castle cake was made for my granddaughter's 3rd birthday. She asked for a Princess castle with "all the princesses on it."
Using your site for ideas, I copied one lady's idea of using two flat bottomed ice cream cones on top of each other for the towers, topped with a pointed sugar cone.
I baked two 8 inch x 2 inch deep square cakes for the castle base, topped by a 6 inch x 3 inch cake made in the 6 inch round Wilton wedding cake pan. The top turret was made by an inverted flat bottomed ice cream cone topped with a pointed sugar cone. I iced the entire cake including the towers in pink. I iced the sugar cones in purple and rolled in Wilton's purple edible sparkles. I added purple string work decorations. One half of a large Hershey bar made the front door, the drawbridge was made of Pirouline Rolled Wafers, with red licorice "chains."
I downloaded clip art of the princesses on the computer to make the windows. They were laminated on both sides with Avery Self-Adhesive laminating sheets I picked up from CVS. The laminate was to keep the icing from soaking through the paper. I found pictures of dancing princesses, giving the impression you were looking in on the ball.
The cake was a lot of fun to do and I thank your other contributors for giving me the wonderful ideas to construct the perfect birthday cake for my granddaughter. I hope they also enjoy seeing the changes I made to their original ideas.