My daughter stated very specifically that she wanted a Jasmine cake this year - which as moms know is impossible to find. So I thought it might be cool to make the castle and include Jasmine and Rajah (another request) in front.
For this homemade Jasmine's Arabian castle cake, I used pound cake to be sure it would hold up for shaping. I made a regular round cake (2 layers) on the bottom and covered it in fondant after watching a lot of cake-making shows. So much easier than I thought!
I baked the cylinders of the little towers in pineapple cans and the large cylinder was a huge can of tomatoes. I washed the cans, peeled the labels, and just watched them as they baked to be sure they were cooked through.
The tops of the towers are rice cereal treats shaped to look that way and then fondanted. I used gold pearl powder mixed with clear vanilla to paint the big tower, windows and doors. I used spray frosting in purple for the others and then used purple sprinkles. I used extra fondant strips for architectural details - painting with "fondant writing" icing.
I highly recommend using plastic dowel rods to keep the towers in line. My only mishap was that the fondant on the big tower cracked after about 12 hours. I made it ahead of time. But I didn't care and my daughter ADORED it. Don't be intimidated - it was my first time working with fondant and structured shapes, and it was fine.
This is just a basic (but large - 8 eggs!) Victoria Sponge cake. I made up the design myself - it's a round sponge on top of a square sponge (using the tins I already had). I cooked the turret sponges in clean food tins, lined with grease-proof paper (one large soup tin and one small baked bean tin). They worked really well!
The whole homemade pink princess castle cake was assembled using cocktail sticks to hold the pieces together and jam as a "glue", then covered in pink buttercream icing and decorated with random sweets. The towers are ice-cream cones! As I am rubbish at doing writing in icing, I just printed my message on "flags" and used straws as the flag poles.
It was a labour of love (as I am not gifted in the kitchen!), but my daughter was delighted!
I made this Pink Princess Castle Cake for a friend's daughter's 4th birthday.
The cake is a 10inch Madeira cake iced with regal ice which was then painted with pink and yellow colour. The big towers are regal ice molded round disposable cups for quickness but I have made the cake by cooking towers in old cans and then iced. The icing around the towers was white in which I mixed a bit of pink to give a mottled affect.
The gate is regal ice again which was left for 24 hours to dry and then decorated with gold balls. On top of the turrets I have sprinkled gold dust and round the edge of the cake is more royal icing coloured mottled pink for rocks. Or you could pipe around the edge.
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