I made this Disney Princess Castle Cake for a friend whose little girl loves Princesses. I used the yellow cake recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook and added almond extract to make it even more delicious. I don't have square pans, so I baked rounds and trimmed them. The top tier is not square, and it sits flush with the back of the bottom tier, to give the princesses more space for dancing.
All the towers are made from Rice krispies treats with sprinkles added in. I covered them in buttercream, then fondant. The ice cream cone roofs are covered in buttercream and covered with course sparkle sugar. I used a skewer to support the ice cream cone, and a glob of buttercream on the end of the skewer. I used cut skewers to support the towers from the side, and I glued them with buttercream on the bottom and where they attach to the cake. I should have piped the green before I put the tower on.
I piped the green vines with buttercream. Next time I will practice the piping more before I dive in. I transported the cake very nervously on my lap, then put the princesses on with skewers. I used sprinkles on the plate to hide the bottom of the fondant.
I love using toys on cakes. The child gets a special handmade cake and then keeps the toys as souvenirs. Next time I will make up extra ice cream cones and bring them to the party. They were a hot commodity, along with Rice Krispies treats. Don't be scared to make a fancy cake. This is my second. I have a lot to learn, but this cake made a little girl very happy!
Thanks to this site I was able to come up with this Disney Princess Castle Cake design for my daughter's 4th birthday. She LOVED IT! I used two 9x13 cakes on the bottom and 2 8"cakes on top. I did use wooden picks to hold the cakes together and give it more support. The two towers were stacks of ice cream cones with a sugar cone on the top.
The bottom layer of the cake was frosted and then I added a little bit of pink sprinkles. The sugar cones on the top of the towers were made by frosting the cone and then rolling it in sparkling sugar (its chunkier pieces of colored sugar/sprinkles- almost like rock salt-that I found at a local craft store in the cake decorating section). I was able to find pastel covered candy to decorate the top layers of the cakes and the door is made of pink wafer cookies.
The crown/wands, and windows on the towers were from a package of premade cake toppings found with the other cake decorating items at your local grocery store. I colored coconut green for the grass and made a little walkway out of M&M's. The dolls were from my daughter's toy collection and fit perfectly to finish it all off. The towers were a little unstable when moving the cake, but luckily I didn't have to move it too far.
It was my first attempt and took a while to decorate it all, but it was well worth it!
I baked this Dora Pink Castle Birthday Cake in a square pan. I used buttercream icing with sprinkles on top and marshmallows are the bricks. Dora is a figurine and four ice cream cones on top. Ice cream cones can be frosted and have sprinkles.