Deciding on a theme for my daughter's second birthday was the easy part because she loves anything with princesses. Designing and creating the perfect princess castle cake was the challenge.
After searching what seemed like a million websites, I came across an advertisement for a Disney castle cake kit that included the cake pans, multiple sized pillars and other finishing touches (i.e., windows). I immediately fell in love with the design but had my heart set on making the entire cake myself, not from a kit. This is how it was done…
Using 3 boxed cake mixes, I baked the double layered bottom tier with two 12 inch Wilton pans (1 ½ boxes per pan). The top tier also was a double layer cake but required only 1 box of cake mix for the two 8 inch Wilton pans. I frosted each layer with white canned frosting as I stacked them to make the four layered cake. The pillars were pieces of cardboard wrapping paper rolls that I cut in various lengths and pressed gently into the cake. Wooden skewers were then inserted into the center of each roll to provide stability. Once all 7 pillars were placed strategically in the cake, I frosted each with icing and topped them with pink frosted sugar cones (frost the cones the night before to allow the icing to set for easier handling). The cake was completed with pink frosting “flowers,” a door and green “grass” surrounding the bottom of the castle.
The princess figurine was purchased at a store and provided the finishing touch for Kaitlyn’s perfect princess castle cake!
I made a 25cm vanilla sponge for the bottom and layered it with homemade vanilla buttercream and strawberry jam, four layers. The top tier of the castle cake is 15m chocolate fudge cake made with real 70% cocao solids chocolate.
I then crumb-coated both cakes with vanilla buttercream and put into fridge to set. I make my own fondant icing and to make the turrets I just add some gum tragacanth or Tylo powder so that it will set hard. I made the turrets by wrapping them round cardboard tubes of different sizes, which I wrap in clingfilm first. The roofs are made the same way that I make my paper icing bags with a bit extra trimmed off.
I then cut out loads of blossoms and attached these to the roofs. I cut out windows and door. I covered the two cakes with fondant icing and stacked them. I stuck marshmallows round the edges, piped creepers and attached blossoms. I then attached the turrets using royal icing. I filled them with sweets and lollies before attaching the roofs with a little more royal icing.
I made a sugarpaste cat. I added more sweets and hundreds and thousands to make a path and then sprinkled with glitter. The message was written on an sugarpaste plaque with edible pen. Then the brought Princess was added.
For this castle cake I started with two 10x13 cream cheese pound cake layers as my base with a strawberry filling. My second layer was a single 7x10 lemon layer. For the top layer I made two 9 inch rounds and cut to the size I liked.
The lemon layers had a raspberry filling. I made marshmallow fondant to cover it. I made three batches of pink using jet puff strawberry marshmallows to make sure I had the same shade of pink. Then I made three batches of white. The first was dyed blue, cover the cake board and resemble a moat.
Then I colored some yellow, purple, and another shade of blue for flowers. I used a Wilton fondant and gum paste flower press to make the flowers. I used Wilton decorators icing to put the flowers on. I also used chocolate licorice for the drawbridge and windows.
The towers are made from rice krispie treats covered in fondant and the tops are sugar ice cream cones. Towers started leaning because it was so hot.