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I actually got the idea of this princess castle cake off the internet but just the idea for the shape, the rest came from us.
I wanted plenty of cake for the party so I prepared one normal box of cake mix and baked it in a well greased 9x13 size pan. I prepared a second cake mix and divided it into two well greased loaf pans.
Once the cakes were baked and well cooled I put one of the loaf cakes (with the top cut off so that it would lay even) on top of the 9x13 cake with a thin layer of frosting on the bottom of it. I cut the other loaf cake into thirds. I used the two edges and put them on the edges of the other loaf cake also with a thin layer of frosting under them.
I put on a light layer of vanilla frosting over the whole cake. I then put two long sucker sticks in each side to hold it all together. With the sucker sticks only sticking out about 1 inch, I put a sugar cone over the sucker sticks to form the castle cake towers. Make a small hole in the top of the tower cones so that your flag can fit in with no problems.
I let the castle cake sit in the refrigerator over night like this and then the next day I did the decorating. I put blue frosting on the bottom layer so that it would be the water. I then let my daughter pick the colors that she wanted for the castle cake and then frosted it those colors.
I put frosting going around the towers and used two small sucker sticks with the flags cut out of fruit roll-up on the top. I cut the windows and doors out of fruit roll-up also and went around them with frosting so that they would stand out. I made the draw bridge out of a cut chocolate bar and we used DOTS candy to put around the edges and to finish the top of the castle with. Any candy that you have around can be used to decorate with.
The kids were so excited to see our castle cake and even more excited to eat it. It was a big hit with a heaping spoon of ice cream.
North Little Rock, AR
My little girl, Lauren, turned four years old last November 2, 2003. She wanted to have a Princess party, so I asked my mother would she be able to make her a Princess / Castle cake.
Well, as you can see, it is the most beautiful Princess cake I have ever seen! My mother, Laurie, made the cake from scratch, it was a marble cake (vanilla/chocolate) and she mixed her own icing together and created the different colors. She used edible silver balls and edible glitter on the cake. For the top, she used sugar cones to make the spires and I cut flags out of construction paper.
I made a castle cake for my daughters sixth birthday Princess Party. I got the idea from an English cook book. It was quite simple to put together. After baking two round and one square cakes you assemble the castle by stacking the two round cakes. With the square cake you cut another round and angle the sides and place on top of the two round cakes already stacked. With the leftover cake from the square you will cut a small square to be placed on the top of the round cakes in a later step.
There will be several large chunks of cake left over and they should be placed around the bottom of the first round cake. With buttercream icing you will "glue" all the layers and chunks together. Now you should color rolled fondant a light gray.
Remove a small amount of the fondant and make a long roll and create the path up to the castle. Roll out the remaining gray fondant then cover the entire cake, smoothing around the shape of the cake.
Roll out pink fondant and cover the small square cake to make castle walls. Cut out for castle doors and make with brown fondant. Attach the castle to the top of the mountain. Also make castle towers and a gate house.
With gray fondant make castle turrets and attach with sugar water. With green fondant, place pieces into the mountain and with a piping tip make grass. With gray fondant, make small rocks and stepping stones. Attach the gate house on the path with sugar water. Dust the mountain with green dusting powder and the turrets with sparkle dusting powder.
All in all, this is a very simple cake to put together. Tinting the fondant, I feel, is the hardest thing to do, so make sure you have your husband around to help!
For my little knights fifth birthday we built this birthday fortress fit for any noble king! His castle cake was adorned with sugar cone towers, gumdrop accents, and a pretzel bridge to cross his ever dangerous moat. All the ingredients to make this knight very proud!
For my son Paden's third birthday, we decided to do a king & castle theme. Half the fun of a specialty cake is in the making of it (don't you agree!?!) so I wanted something "hands on" that Paden could not only eat, but help create.
He chose the Pillsbury funfetti cake mix and strawberry icing for his cake (I talked him into using the icing as filling since a pink castle would more befit a princess party).
With his help all the way, from dumping the ingredients to checking the cakes through the oven door, we baked two 13 x 9 cakes using three boxes of mix and following the box directions. (I divided the total of the batter between the two pans and used the remaining batter for four jumbo muffins in a muffin pan.)
He spread the icing between the layers (here looks don't count!) and I iced the outside with a "Cookies and Cream" Icing (store bought) that gave the cake a marble/rough effect. We placed a muffin (top sliced flat) upside down at each corner which we also iced with "Cookies and Cream" and topped off each of the towers with an inverted sugar waffle cone.
Now for the fun part! Much like decorating a gingerbread house, Paden lined the top edge with gumdrops and topped the towers with a flag made of a stick of gum cut into a triangle and stuck through a toothpick. We iced symbols and his initials on multicolored Fruit Rollups and hung those around the sides as banners. The front door was two "Nutter Butter" (peanut butter and chocolate) bars trimmed and pushed into the cake's side. Paden's favorite part was using kitchen scissors (and my help) to cut the Fruit Rollups and gum into shape. Since he's a "big three year old" now he was tickled pink with the new responsibility! He also liked sprinkling green-colored decorating sugar over the roof to top it off.
We had planned to make a blue icing moat with gummi alligators and sharks around the cake, but we ran out of icing and time!
I highly recommend getting your children involved in the process, because they'll enjoy it immensely while learning many skills! If the cake turns out a little less than perfect, it will be that much more memorable. When I asked Paden if he liked eating his birthday cake, he said "Yeah mom, but I liked putting the gum drops on the best!"