This princess birthday castle cake is a cake I made for my granddaughter Tori’s 3rd birthday. She requested a princess castle cake so that is what she got. This is the first time I have ever made a cake like this and I was amazed at how well it turned out. Everything here is edible except for the toothpicks holding the flags, the board and dowels holding up the second tier, and of course the princesses that I found at the Disney store.
I have never had so much fun making a cake before. I started the towers a week before her birthday party and put them in plastic containers for safe keeping (I have found that any time working with fondant it’s better to start ahead of time so if you don’t like the look you can keep playing with it till you get it just right.) The silver on the towers and around the windows is pedal dust. The cake is iced with a butter cream and all the piping is butter cream as well. The flowers were flower sprinkles I found at the store. I could not find a flower cutter small enough for what I was trying to do. If anyone has any suggestions of where to find something like that I would love to know.
I used a yellow cake recipe my mother in law gave me, a family secret but the butter cream is a basic wedding cake icing with my special touch. For the towers I used ice-cream cones wrapped with white fondant. For the blue top of the towers I used sugar cones iced with royal cookie icing and rolled in a pearlescent sapphire blue sugar to match Tori’s eyes. The flags are made of fondant that I colored with a lavender gel and dusted with a disco dust that gave them shimmer.
I could not get the tooth picks to stick in the sugar cones so I made fondant balls and glued them with the royal icing on top of the cones and stuck the flags in the fondant, it held them nicely. The night before the party I baked all my cakes and let them cool completely before covering with cling wrap till I was ready to start the build the next morning.
The build took almost 6 hours but so worth it. Like I said this is the first time I ever tried anything like this. All in all it was a fun project and my granddaughter was very happy with her cake. My granddaughter Leah’s 1st birthday is in October. Now I have to see what I can do to top this.
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