I got the idea for a castle cake for my daughter's 5th birthday from the movie "Knocked Up". I thought it would be a fun project. I searched castle cakes on-line and this website came up and what a wonderful website it is.
I took some ideas from other cakes on this site to make this one.
The bottom cake layer was a chocolate cake mix baked in a wooden pan to make it nice and flat and the second layer was a french vanilla cake mix also baked in a wooden 9X13 pan. The middle part was 3 mini loaves iced together and the walls were also mini loaves cut into slices and stacked on with icing made from a carrot cake mix. It was a very good combination of flavours.
It was iced in buttercream icing. We used #10 and #12 tips to make the blobs of two shades of purple to make the rocks for the walls. We used #16 and #18 tips to make the stars in two shades of pink for the top walls and around the ice cream cone towers.
The ice cream cones for the towers and trees were covered in candy melts. It was my cousin's and my first time using them and it was fun to do. We'll be doing that on our upcoming projects.
We used strawberry waffer cookies sliced in half and cut into squares to 'tile' the walls inside the top part nad make the draw bridge. It was too hard to ice the inside of the top part so this was an easy solution.
The flags are attached using little dobs of icing to hold them to the towers. To finish off, we used the "Little People" form my daughter's castle set. They fit perfectly.
This Candyland Castle Cake was made as a last minute addition to find at the end of the road in a life size Candy Land Game. As I am sure you are all aware, at the end of Candyland, you find King Candy and his candy castle.
It was very simple to make: 2 8x8 square (split cake batter for one cake between the 2), 2 8 inch round (split cake batter for one cake between the 2). Let cool and Layer frosting between the layers. To help support the weight of the cake, I used plastic straws (cut in half) as supports for the top layer. White Frosting on the outside and decorate with Candy! Let you imagination run wild.
For the towers, I used Sugar and Wafer cones. The wafer cones were cut on the bottom so they would sink into the cake (use a very sharp bread knife for this!). For the sprinkles, I just used some of the white frosting and rolled the edges in non-pariels. The method I used for the sugar cones did not work for the wafer cones as the corn syrup was a bit hard to control and keep in the lines where I wanted the sprinkles. For the Sugar cones, I heated corn syrup in the microwave for about 20 sec and quickly brushed it on the sugar cones and then rolled it in the colored sugar. If the corn syrup cools, just heat again and re-roll in the sugar.
For the Flags, I used toothpicks and ribbon with a bit of glue. As you can see the cake was decorated with gumdrops, gummy bears and black licorice.