Our friend was having a Princess party and wanted a castle cake. I bought the Wilton castle decorating kit and basically "dressed up" all of the plastic pieces that came in the box. The Turrets were covered in fondant, the windows were "painted" with colored piping gel, and the door and shutters were used as a stamp to a piece of fondant that was then cut to make the doors look like they were open.
I made flags and flag poles completely out of fondant to add to the tops of the turrets. The step is two graham crackers covered in fondant tinted with gold shimmer dust. All of the flowers were made out of either royal icing (pansys and drop flowers), fondant (for the roses) and buttercream (for filler and for the leaves).
The actual cake was baked in several pans. The bottom tier was three 12 inch square pans. It was a lemon cake with raspberry filling. The center layer of the bottom tier was colored pink for a striking effect. The middle tier was a two layer chocolate cake with chocolate filling baked in an 8 inch square pan. And finally, the top tier was carved out of chocolate cakes baked in 3 x 5 inch loaf pans.
The overall effect I was going for was for the cake to look like a centerpiece and not just a birthday cake. My inspiration came from the invitations (which was an illustration of a pink castle with purple turrets). It took many hours of preparation not just to figure out the overall structure, but to create the many pieces it took to put the whole cake together. I'm pleased with the results and can't wait to get started on my next creation.
I made this Castle Cake for my little girls 4th Birthday. It is a basic sponge cake with thick white chocolate ganache coating the whole cake.
I used cream filled biscuits for the large towers, Pollywaffle chocolate bars for the smaller towers and 3 different sized ice cream cones for the tower tops.
It also has sugar paste windows and trims. It was made with 4 large square cakes and 1 small round cake on top. Each layer was filled with jam and whipped cream. I coated the ice cream cones in white chocolate ganache then rolled them in the Fairy dust sprinkles.
To make the towers I stacked the cream biscuits and added ganache between each one, once the ganache sets it basically glues everything together. I decided to use White chocolate ganache because it held everything together, easy to colour and of course it tastes great!
This cake was huge… I was worried that we would be eating cake for weeks, but I gave everyone a large chunk of cake to take home so in the end we only had a small amount left.
My daughter had a Fairytale Themed Birthday party for her 5th Birthday last year. We got several ideas online and came up with our own design for a castle cake.
We made 4 homemade white cakes, so we could stack them and ice them in the middle. There were 2 large rectangles and 2 smaller round ones. We made our own vanilla whipped frosting, so it would be light and fluffy and frosted the entire cake white.
The night before the party we melted white chocolate and dipped ice cream cones in it to form five towers. There was a standard cone on the bottom, and a sugar cone on the top (the chocolate held them together). Once assembled, (we used skewers to hold the layers together) we decorated it with gum drops, Hershey chocolate and blue piping!
It was such a huge hit that all the guests took more pictures of the cake, then the Birthday girl!