In my defence, while looking at Pinterest birthday cake ideas with Sylvia, I had a lot of requests for fancy Frozen castle cakes. There are some frighteningly intricate Elsa's ice castle cakes out there. While I love making novelty birthday cakes, I prefer simple ones with buttercream than the more professional looking ones made with fondant. The castle cake I made was from Annie Rigg's Birthday Cakes for Kids with a few changes to the decorations.
Below is a step by step guide to making the castle cake. Here is a list of what you will need:
- 3 x 20cm square cakes (like this)
- raspberry jam
- buttercream frosting (350g butter and 700g icing sugar)
- 5 ice cream cones
- 150g white chocolate
- sour straps
- small lollies (we used white choc chips)
vegan vanilla sponge cake in a 20cm square cake tin. I know it is a sturdy cake and making it the day before makes it easier to shape.
Birthday Cakes for Kids is a really easy style that doesn't leave too much offcuts. I used a ruler and a coffee mug to outline the 5cm squares and 8cm circles before cutting as below.
my first castle cake. So much has changed since then. I am sure Maddy helped me decorate the castle cake with lollies unlike this one. My main lesson from that cake was to have the square towers as level as possible so the ice cream cones are straight and not wonky. Yet this was quite a different cake!
these cakes. It was ok without it but took a bit of time to make sure the icing stuck around the towers and that I didn't get crumbs on the outside. I used a buttercream frosting made by beating together 350g butter and 700g icing sugar. There was lots of the frosting over but it was used for cupcake decorating and the tick tock teacups so at the end of the day there wasn't too much leftover.
By the time I was ready to put the cone on the cake they were still wet. It wasn't too hard to transfer them. In fact I think if the chocolate had dried hard, it might have been harder to get them off without them sticking to the pooled chocolate at the bottom.
While E was at the supermarket I asked him to find mini marshmallows for the lining the base because I discovered the big marshmallows were too big. He couldn't find any but bought some white choc chips. I only had time to line the base of top cone with blue cachous. If I had time I would have lined the base of each cone this way and perhaps the doors and windows.
I am sending this cake to Jibber Jabber who runs the Love Cake blog challenge. This month the theme is In the Book, and as this cake was modelled on a cake from the Annie Rigg book.
Previous birthday cakes for Sylvia:
Toadstool birthday cake
Pirate Treasure Chest Cake
Dinosaur (from Peppa Pig) cake
Dinosaur farm cake