Coolest Castle Cakes and How-To Tips
My little Princess wanted a castle cake for her 6th birthday, and we were taking her to Disneyland for the occasion, so I tried to make the cake look like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.
I started about a month ahead of time with some sculpty clay and made the castle part that sits on top, forming it around cardboard and baking, then painting it.
The cake itself was made up of a square white cake in the middle, with almond cream in it, and the smaller square cakes around were chocolate with fudge filling. Then I piped on a brick pattern all over and put on some top border accents. I put some pearls around the bottom edge just to finish it off.
The Sleeping Beauty and Dragon were both made of clay by me and the birthday girl’s Gramma. It was a hit!
My soon to be 4 year daughter declared she would like to have a Unicorn Magical Castle birthday!! OH -oh!! This is one of those castle cakes that was actually pretty easy and lots of fun to make!
I baked two 9×13 yellow cakes. One served as the base and the other was cut into towers (leftovers were made into a free form cake that my daughter got to decorate!) Everything was brushed free of crumbs and put in the fridge to chill/firm up.
Once out, the whole thing got brushed again and a thin layer of white frosting (I used store bought) was added. It was then refrigerated overnight.
The next day, the pink frosting was applied and then chilled again. All this chilling makes it easier to add on the next design. The rest is really quite simple.
I iced ice cream sugar cones and rolled them in sanding sugars. The drawbridge is a Hershey’s chocolate bar with candy stick "chains". The windows are made of Pez. The cobblestone street is jelly beans. We made the grass with green tinted coconut. Window boxes are just pipe on frosting with colored sugar balls. Above the chocolate door is a silver tiara!! Next to the drawbridge, we mixed blue sanding sugar and large, clear sugar crystals to create a small river effect.
The unicorns were made with little ponies from a party supply store. I then rolled out tin foil horns and hot glued them on. All the girls went crazy for this cake. It shimmered and was just so beautiful.
This cake was for my sister’s 30th birthday.
Instead of doing the traditional "Over the Hill" cake, I decided to do Sleeping Beauty, which was her childhood favorite. Besides, castle cakes are fun to make.
For the castle I used the Wilton house pan and a pound cake batter. The pound cake worked well because it was strong enough to stand up. I used wooden dowels underneath the house to support it and also through the center of the house into the bottom cake.
To save time, I made the flowers a couple days ahead on a wax paper sheet using royal icing.
The rest of the frosting was the Wilton Decorator white icing. I mixed the frosting with the colors and bagged them the night before to save time.
I made this cake for my friend’s daughter who was turning seven. She wanted a castle and I have seen many castle cakes before, so I adopted my own version based on those.
The bases of these types of castle cakes is a double layer square cake, and then on top of that I put a 4-inch round cake, and at the very top, a tiny cake baked in a large muffin tin. I doweled them so they would not fall over! I frosted them all with pink buttercream for a crumb layer, and then went over that with more pink buttercream that I piped out with a large dot tip.
After letting the icing rest for about 10 minutes, I went over each one with a small teaspoon dipped in powder sugar to flatten the "dots" and make them look like stones. I cut the door out of fondant tinted purple. I also cut out strips of pink fondant with to go along the top of each cake to give the castle an interesting shape.
The pillars of these castle cakes are actually cupcakes that you stack up skewered on top of each other and then frosted the same way you frost the other cakes. The tower’s peaks were ice cream cones placed upside down and then frosted with purple buttercream.
For finishing details I added windows that I cut out of pink fondant and even piped a vine of flowers going around the castle. It’s best to place castle cakes on a cake board covered with foil, then frost with a very thin layer of green buttercream icing to resemble grass. I also used letter cookie cutters to cut out Kaitlin’s name in purple fondant.
Castle cakes are time consuming but are not too difficult if you take it one step at a time. I would make all the fondant details a day or two before the actual cake. You can even bake the cakes a week in advance and freeze them. Whenever you plan to make castle cakes for a very large crowd, I suggest doing this so that you don’t have to do all the work in one day. Also with these types of castle cakes, it is best when you do not have to transport it to another location! Make them only if you are having the party at your house. Moving the cake may be disastrous. We had about 50 people at this party and everyone loved the cake! Especially the little girls!!!
For castle cakes like this, bake two 9×13 inch cakes. I wanted it fairly dense so I went to Wilton.com to get the recipe for butter cake. I placed one of the cakes in the freezer for about an hour so I could cut a rectangle from the middle of the cake with out it falling apart or being to crumby. From that rectangle, I cut four pieces to fit in the four corners of the top layer of the cake for the towers.
Some castle cakes are colorful, but I wanted mine to look like a real castle and so I tinted the buttercream frosting gray. Make sure you tint ALL the frosting at once so you don’t have a hard time matching the color. I then placed the whole 9×13 inch cake on the cake tray and frosted the top. Then I carefully placed the 2nd 9×13 inch cake (which had the center cut out) on top of the first layer. I then frosted the entire cake and then added the towers and frosted them.
For the turrets I used mini marshmallows that were dipped in watered down frosting. The castle cakes windows are Lego windows. The drawbridge is made out of graham crackers. I didn’t like how it looked, but it was all I had. I meant to place flags on the cake but I forgot.
After the cake was assembled, I placed the tray on a big cardboard box that was covered with foil. I was going to make blue Jello for the castle cakes moat but I ran out of time and, instead, mixed confectionary sugar, water, and blue tint to make the moat around the castle. I was also going to tint coconut flakes green for the grass but I didn’t have enough coconut flakes, so I mixed confectionary sugar, water, and green food coloring for the grass. I then placed the Lego knights around the castle and on the grass. Everyone was impressed with how the cake looked AND tasted.
My daughter Anissa requested a castle cake for her fifth birthday. We looked at castle cakes on this site. These types of castle cakes are fun to make.
I baked an 11×11 inches butter cake and a 9 inch round chocolate cake. I saved some batter and made 1 cupcake. Anissa wanted pink butter cream icing with strawberry jam.
On a large cake board I crumb coated the square cake and round cake on a circle cake board. I then used drinking straws to support the 9 in on the bottom cake. The cupcake went on top of the round cake.
The final coat of icing was then applied. For the turrets Anissa thinly coated 5 ice-cream cones with pink icing and then rolled them in a tray of pink sprinkles and placed in each corner of the square cake and one on the cupcake.
I used sticker papers printed with stars and the number 5 and stuck them on toothpicks. They went on the turrets. The flag on top of the cupcake said "Anissa is 5". The doors and windows were made with chocolate bars.
To finish, Anissa used 2 different sizes of gumdrops on the perimeters of the square and round cakes. Anissa was really delighted with her cake, especially since she helped putting the finishing touches on them. You will see in the picture that the icing was starting to melt. It was a very hot tropical Malaysian day.
This is my favorite sort of cakes to make for little girls (there are two pictures of two different castle cakes I made). The base of the cake is made of 8 or 9 inch round cake, and for the pillars, I use food cans. The cones and flags are made from rice paper (ice cream cones need more icing!) Wrapping the pillars with fondant is fast and gives it a smooth finish.
Castle cakes are fairly simple to make.
You start out by baking up to five square 8×8 or 9×9 cake squares and letting them cool. You then frost together four of the five squares for the bottom. Cut the last square into four equal squares and then frost those and put those in the middle on top of the first set of squares.
Then you take sugar cones, ice them and sprinkle them with colored sugar glitter. Then you adorn the tops with white and purple gumdrops, red icing, red candy hearts and good & plenty.
You also create a door out of pink icing on one of the sides of the bottom and along the corners of each of the squares. My daughter simply adored her cake and almost didn’t want to eat it she thought it was so pretty!!!