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Coolest Princess Castle Birthday Cake 595

by Mindie F.
(West Liberty, OH)

Homemade Princess Castle Birthday Cake

Homemade Princess Castle Birthday Cake

Homemade Princess Castle Birthday Cake
Homemade Princess Castle Birthday Cake

I bought the Wilton "romantic castle set" because my then 2 year old daughter saw it in the store and fell in love. I had to admit it looked cool so I bought it. I had never made a decorated cake before (and definitely NOT of this magnitude but I thought lets give it a go!!). The only issue I faced was that it wasn't going to be big enough so I came up with the idea of only using part of the castle set and setting it up as a story book idea.

I used a large 2 layered sheet cake and then used my tiered rounds (there were two layers to each tier). I knew from my research that the flowers were the hardest part. I had never piped before so I set out watching videos on youtube of how to even start. I went to the store, bought a beginner set and started working. Then something AMAZING happened, they were easy to make and they set up in only one day and were like a dried candy (I used butter cream to pipe them, and the tubed color icing you buy in the store... same results from both).

The day before the party I started baking. I admit I used boxed cake mixes. It made my life more simple on a daunting and what I was sure would be scary adventure of this castle cake. From all my research about making cakes, I learned terms like "cake leveler" and I put it to use. The entire time I was baking cakes (I used 9 cake mixes!!!) I was also making all my icing... to say my kitchen was a hot mess is an understatement.

After I let each cake cool I began the stacking, doweling, cake boarding event. I had a heck of the time with the wooden dowels. I couldn't get them to cut so I ended up out of pure desperation using plastic disposable straws that I just cut. Surprisingly enough, they worked fabulously. Now after I got the sheet cake done, I attempted to move it. BIG mistake. That thing was sooo heavy and I hadn't even put the castle on it yet. I actually had to use a 2 inch thick piece of plywood to carry it.

I leveled, iced, doweled, and stacked the castle cake and put it on a cake board and then also on a piece of plywood to transport it to the church where we were having her party. Once we got it to the church I began decorating. I wanted to make it look like a moat on the back side of the castle with a flowered yard up the front and a cobble stoned walk way. The moat, and yard I used icing (all butter cream) and my pre-made flowers, but for the cobble stoned walk I used ground up Oreos and chocolate chips.

I used icing to level out the different towers and to smooth the chocolate. I just wet my spatula and it smoothed right out (the color changes to a lighter color but dries the same, I promise). I definitely recommend trying this cake out. I had so much fun doing it and actually found a hobby that I am in love with, with even a few of my own trade secrets that I shared with you. I hope it helps and happy baking!

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