I did a 16 and 8 inch octagonal double-layer boxed butter recipe gold cake. I used 2 boxes for each of the 16 inch layers and 1 box for the 2, 8 inch layers. Butter-cream frosting was used for cake filling and frosting. I did the extra decorating with fondant (door,windows,window boxes, and the corner bricks). I copied the idea for the turrets and spires from pictures seen on this web site, using the ice-cream cones and sugar cones. I brushed on apricot jam then dipped the sugar cones in multicolored sprinkles mixed with pink sugar crystals.The ice cream cones were covered in white chocolate. I used store bought gel and colored it blue for the moat. The grass is under-laid with green butter-cream and green tinted coconut on top. The top cake was supported with 4 plastic straws. Then I used one wooden dowel to secure the upper and lower cakes together. There are 4 thin dowels supporting the turrets and spires. I used a long piece of thin metal to make lines horizontally and vertically on the butter-cream to denote blocks then placed the corners with the fondant. The tops of each cake and turrets are miniature marshmallows. The decoration of hearts, dots and bottom edging is butter-cream on the turrets. The bridge was a chocolate bar. The princesses are plastic. This is a great site in which to get ideas for the do it yourself person like me. This was my first castle cake and I was very pleased with the results.
I made the cake using pound cake. 5 cups cake flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 cups butter,4 1/2 cups sugar, 10 eggs, and 4 tsp. vanilla. I used pound cake because its easier to work with when using fondant. For the fondant I used a 16 oz bag of marshmallows that I melted in the microwave with two tablespoons of water. I then greased my kneading surface and hands with 1/3 cup of shortening. I mixed ¾ bag of p. sugar and melted marshmallows, then kneaded on the greased surface. It took about five minutes. I used butter cream icing to ice the cake before covering it in fondant. I then used food coloring to die the fondant. I used cookie cutters for the designs and then brushed lightly with water to make it super shiny.
I got this idea out of the Wilton cake book. I don't remember what year but my cake is very similar to the one that was in the catalog. I started out by making the first tier out of chocolate cake. I use the recipe off of the back of the Hersey cocoa container. I then made a simple white cake for the top tier. I made a buttercream frosting and colored part of it with the pink. I spread the buttercream on and didn't worry about the detail of perfecting the smoothness. I added the sprinkles for a whimsy look. My daughter's 1st birthday theme was the hugs and stitches so this cake was perfect for it.
This is my sons 7th birthday cake! Gormiti! Its a layer of vanilla sponge cake topped with vanilla patisserie cream and a layer of chocolate sponge cake topped with whipped chocolate ganache. The sides didn't come out too great so I wrapped the entire cake with a green ribbon. I actually wanted to wrap the sides with fondant flames but that wasn't working too well for me:( The flames on the corners and the lettering are fondant and the characters and "forest refuge" are actual toys.