Aging Expectations

Princess Castle Cake (That You Could Make!)

I previously mentioned that I made my own pinata for Leah’s birthday party. Well, I also made my own castle cake. Most people would just go buy one, I get it. I feel the same way…almost.

What happens with me is, I’ll see the price of something and I’ll think, I can do that myself for that amount of money. But, it almost doesn’t matter what the price even is.

If I think I can do it myself, I feel like I should. Even though, I might spend more money (which doesn’t usually happen). Even though, I might annoy every one in the house while I’m doing it (which usually does happen). And, if I feel like I should do it, I usually do!

So, that’s how I came to trying to make the princess castle cake for Leah. Here’s the instructional video I used as my guide. Seemed easy enough. Onward!

  • I used two boxed cakes in two square cake pans.
  • Baked them at the same time and let them cool.
  • I used one full cake as the bottom level of the castle.
  • I cut the second cake in quarters.
  • I stacked two cake quarters on top of one another for the second level.
  • I cut the quarter into two smaller squares.
  • I added icing in between all the layers and stack them up.

Here’s what it looked like:

  • Then I did the dreaded crumb coat. I’ve been burned so many times with crumbs in my icing, I decided it was a necessity. To note, I didn’t water the icing down at all.
  • I spread the icing I had on very thinly.
  • Then I let it dry for a long, long, long time. I think I used too much on the very top because it was difficult to ice that one.
  • I iced the whole thing in pink frosting.

Here’s what it looked like:

  • For the decorations, I coated four ice cream cones with icing and then rolled them gingerly in tiny pink sprinkles.
  • I put those on each corner of the bottom layer.
  • I bought pastel color candy, like Smarties and Watermelon Sours, and placed them throughout the castle.
  • I used those vanilla sandwich cookies as the doors and windows. I’d advise against this one. They were a pain to cut and didn’t even look that good.
  • The bottom looked sparse with just the silver platter so I added rainbow sprinkles all along the bottom. It’s kind of wasteful because nobody eats those but it made it look so much prettier.
  • Then I cleared everything in the fridge and popped the cake in there until party time.

And here’s Leah with her Princess Castle Cake!

Leah loved the cake! She loved the process too. I was glad I made it for her. The main problem I had…I kept it in the fridge until we were ready to sing ‘Happy Birthday’. It was a warm day and I was afraid the icing would run. However, it didn’t turn out to be a good eating experience since the cake was really too cold to enjoy. Oh well, lesson learned!

What do you think? Any castle cakes in your future?

l

11 comments

  1. I’m impressed! I can’t say that I’ve ever made a creative cake, but when I was younger, my Mom used to make those Barbie cakes with the Barbie doll cake topper sticking out of the decorated dress. You know what I’m talking about? My Mom was great with cake decorating techniques and a whiz with the piping bag. I’m sure Leah will remember your cake for years to come!

  2. She is a girl that knows what she wants and after a zillion trips to Michael’s in her lifetime! She has had her eye on this cake kit for a couple years. She wanted a Princess Castle Cake last year and then had a last minute change to a Hello Kitty Cake . This year my little princess was sure she wanted a castle cake!

  3. She is a girl that knows what she wants and after a zillion trips to Michael’s in her lifetime! She has had her eye on this cake kit for a couple years. She wanted a Princess Castle Cake last year and then had a last minute change to a Hello Kitty Cake . This year my little princess was sure she wanted a castle cake!

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