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Coolest Princess Castle with Elmo Cameo 507

by Danielle F.
(New Jersey)

Homemade Princess Castle with Elmo Cameo

Homemade Princess Castle with Elmo Cameo

My inspiration for this Princess Castle with Elmo Cameo came from all of your cakes put together, and a little of my own ideas thrown in there. Unfortunately I waited until the last minute to begin this project, and left very little room for error. PLAN AHEAD!! And grab and extra hand!!

OK, I began with 3 round 9" pans, 1 round deep Pyrex bowl for the very top layer, and I purchased a 1/2 sheet cake from a bakery last minute! (because I wasted 4 sheets cakes trying to make my own, I gave in!) I also made all of the butter cream icing with confectioners sugar, and bought a beginner's Wilton decorating kit (with tips, bags, and coloring). Doweling rods were placed in the cake (4) and I swirled the globs of icing to hide them because they were sticking out.

I made the towers out of sugar cones, held together by molding chocolate, then iced and a toothpick through the top to give stability. The top cones were then rolled in sugar sprinkles. The windows are mini-Chessmen cookies, iced and rolled in sugar sprinkles. The shrubs are made from little tart molds I found at a dollar store, and I cheated and bought the green icing aerosol can with tip attachments, big time saver. I also used this to make vines going up the towers and wall. Mote is made from blue jell-o. Drawbridge is Kit-Kat bar upside down, and dirt/sand is just some left over Chessmen crumbled up!

I tried to use Chiclets gum for the door behind Elmo, but I didn't like it and wound up falling when it got to the party anyways. The letters were the pre-made kind found everywhere, and was prefect because i was so pressed for time! The final details were the small flowers I piped using a small tip and took a toothpick and added some sugar sprinkles to break up some of the color.

For the airbrush look, they have this handy Color Mist, I bought at a craft store. I suggest using cardboard scrap or laying down newspaper because it does stain. Especially your hands! After I sprayed, I added more sugar sprinkles. Everything was held together with extra icing, and was edible! (except Elmo candle and the ribbon on top).

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