Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The Castle Cake
While my cakes are nothing compared to FishMama, I am trying to making them good enough to impress a 4-year old. Well, I think Ella was pleased the other day with her castle cake. It was relatively easy to make. I used a standard white cake mix and made some white frosting. I got compliments on the frosting and confessed to them that it was just the recipe off of the C & H Powdered Sugar box! I've tried various other homemade (and complicated!) frosting recipes in the past, but I like this one the best. Plus, it takes only a few minutes to make it in my trusty KitchenAid mixer. Can't beat that!
To make the cake, I used a 9-inch round pan and 2 mini Springform pans. I cut the domed part off of the large cake so that I would have a flat surface to stack the "tower" formed from the mini cakes. I ended up cutting the domed part off of one small cake as well so that the tower would be stable. I placed the large cake on a cardboard base, frosted it and then stacked the mini-cakes with a layer of frosting between them. To add stability, I placed a skewer through the center of the three cakes. Then, I completely frosted the cakes.
To decorate the cake, I made the "walls" with some white cardstock cut to look like a wall. I had to tape strips of cardstock together to make a large enough wall. For the top wall, I hot glued some felt flags to add color. Then to finish it off, I made a cone out of yellow paper and added a toothpick with a felt flag. If the cake had been larger, I think that I would have tried to add the plastic Queen & King onto the cake. But, they were a little too wide to fit on the first layer of the cake.
In retrospect, I might have dyed some frosting to paint doors/windows and added a drawbridge. But, I ran out of time and decided to keep it simple and hope that Ella would like it as-is. She did and that is all that matters!
If you're looking for more birthday cake ideas, be sure to visit FishMama's Birthday Cake Round-Up tomorrow morning!
5-minute Buttercream Frosting Recipe
1 lb box powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I use Watkins Orginal Double-Strength Vanilla)
1 stick salted butter (softened)
Beat ingredients with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping bowl often. For thinner consistency, add more milk a little at a time. Frosts one 8-inch, 2-layer cake.
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