Princess Castle Cake
I would normally bake from scratch. I personally feel that it means more when someone takes the time to bake from scratch. I put my heart and soul in everything I bake. I have vowed that when it comes to my kids that I would always bake them a birthday cake from scratch... That being said... I never anticipated my life having so many obstacles in one month. We started the year with the fear that something was wrong with our 2-year-old urinary tract system. More specially the kidneys. Then my husband started mimicking IBSD symptoms and wasn’t getting better. With all that stress my body shut down and I got bronchitis’s. I was pure madness. Finally, as the month comes to an end I have healed, my daughter has a few more test to be in the clear but so far we have had good news. As for my husband, he is still healing and we are just taking it one day at a time.
With all this going on, I couldn’t even stand, I decided to break my vow and used boxed cake mix and tub icing. I knew what design I was going to do, I knew what type of cake I wanted bake before the sickness started so, I went to the store and to a look at the baking aisle. So the end result didn’t come out as yummy but the excitement in my daughter’s face when she saw her birthday cake was what I took away from this experiment.
Cake of choice (recipe doubled) or 2 box cake mixes
(I chose 1 strawberry and 1 funetti for the look and my daughter wanted a pink cake)
4 cups of vanilla buttercream icing
(or 4 tubs of vanilla buttercream icing)
Food coloring of your choice
(I chose red to make the icing pink because my daughter wanted everything pink)
5 ice cream cones with pointed ends
colored sugar sprinkles of your choice
(I chose, yep you guessed it, pink)
5 sweetheart tarts
valentine dots (I used these because of the pink but regular dots would look cute or gumdrops)
Sugar wafer cookies
1. Make your cake mix however you want, whether it is from scratch or from a box. Divide the batter evenly between 4 8x8 square cake pans. The cakes should bake faster since you are baking a half of the batter in the pan. So bake your cakes about 25-35 minutes. Check them when you can insert a toothpick in the center and pull it out clean they are done. Let them cool for about 30 minutes. When all four cakes are finished baking place them in the freezer at least 45 minutes before the constructing of the castle to reduce crumbs.
2. If you are using store bought icing, then place 3 ½ tubs into a large bowl. If you are making 4 cups from scratch remove about a cup into a smaller bowl. In the large bowl add your desired food coloring to get the color you would like for the outside of your castle. Set aside
3. Using serrated knife, cut off domed top from each cake so they will be flat when stacked. On tray, place 1 cake, cut side down; spread 1/3 cup frosting over top. Add second cake, cut side down; spread top with 1/3 cup frosting. Add third cake, cut side down; do not frost.
4. Cut fourth cake into quarters. Spread small amount of frosting on center of cake, about the size of a cake quarter. Place 1 quarter, cut side down, on top of frosting. Spread top of stacked cake quarter with 1 tablespoon frosting. Place second quarter on top of first quarter; spread top with 1 tablespoon frosting. Add third quarter; do not frost.
5. Cut fourth quarter into quarters to create four 2-inch squares. Spread a small dollop of frosting on the top center of the second tier of cakes. Place one 2-inch piece on the center; spread top with frosting. Top with one more 2-inch piece. (Discard remaining 2 pieces.)
6. Spread thin layer of frosting over layered cake to seal in crumbs. Freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes.
7. Frost pointed-end cones with frosting; roll in the colored sugar sprinkles of choice. Set aside.
8. Frost cake with remaining frosting.
9. Place 1 upside-down cone on each corner of the first cake layer and 1 on top cake layer for center steeple. Top each cone with a candy sweet tart.
10. Take your dots/gumdrops and place around the castle to make accents
11. Take 2 cookies on one side of first layer to create doors. Cut 2 additional cookies to desired size for windows; place each cookie on opposite sides of doors. Cut remaining cookie in half; place 1 half in center of second layer to create accent window.
12. Fill a ziplock bag with the remaining white icing and pipe on window panes and doorknobs with white icing.
13. Finally add anything else to personalize the cake
(we added a 3 candle, a happy birthday sign and some Disney princesses)
This is an easy cake to construct and will make your guest ooh and ahh at the finished product. Until next year. .
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