How to Make an Awesome Castle Cake
I blogged about a month ago about how much I hate craft and suck at it. I genuinely did mean it.
At the same time my daughter’s birthday was approaching, and I thought I would *try* to make her a castle cake. My Mum always made amazing sweet/candy/lolly decorated cakes, cottages, castles, whatever we were into at the time. It’s one of those memories that you appreciate more when you’re older and know how much work it must have been. So I challenged myself to try.
I did a practice run to see what shapes I could make. It did not go well:
I pretty much abandoned the idea and skulked out of the kitchen. Later on, I started googling images for ‘castle cake’ and felt pretty fed up. They were all made of ‘sugarpaste’ (fancy term for rolled icing) and I’d never tried it, and it looks impossible. THEN, I looked at how-to Youtube videos and thought, actually, broken down into steps, nothing about it looked that scary.
I might bake three cakes a year (and one might be presentable), and have never made a birthday cake, but after a few evenings of consulting Professor Google and the kind bakers who share their tips, ideas and skills on t’internet, I made this:
My daughter was thrilled, and I must admit that despite my anti-craft stance generally, I really enjoyed doing it and was very chuffed with the result! As a birthday cake it is ridiculous, excessive and over the top, and I clearly got carried away, but once I got going nothing about it was really very complicated at all. Each step was easy and a bit like doing playdoh so very straightforward. Aside from baking a basic victoria sponge (google ‘victoria sponge delia’ for the recipe) the decorating took two evenings, so about 8 hours.
I thought I would blog it a) because I’m proud of it and b) it’s so much easier than it looks I want to share if anyone else is looking for ideas
I’ll just do a very brief version in images:
Simples. Probably cost me £40-50. Professionally made would easily have been double that. Would I do it again? Sure! I have three daughters, so will try and make something for each. But nothing else, ever!!!
Ingredient and tool list at the end of the post…
PS. If you have made your cake using this guide please feel free to email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share them on the end of the post!
INGREDIENTS AND TOOLS
10 inch victoria sponge
7 inch victoria sponge
Buttercream to fill
Jam/jelly to fill
5 ready-made tesco value chocolate swiss rolls (the kids preferred these!) for the bottom pillars
Box of waffle cones
2kg ivory sugarpaste
750g pink sugarpaste
100g green sugarpaste
Shimmery baubles (edible)
Meadow colour sprinkles (for cake base)
(I got all these from an online cake supplies shop)
20 inch plastic rolling pin (got mine on amazon)
Icing smoother (ebay)
large cake board
wooden skewers (to position towers)
Cardboard tube (for top towers) – I used a wrapping paper inner tube
Flower and star cutters (ebay)
Little brush for glue
Good work from Allie – loving the little path! (Dec 2012)
Next up, a medieval ‘Mike the Knight Cake’ from Laura. She made some great practical modifications – the main cake was a 10″ square and a 7″ round Madeira as they are firmer, and the top towers are mini rolls:
Then comes Farhana’s ‘Cinderella Cake’ – fantastic use of edible glitter on the spires and nice colour choice too (Nov 2012)
Next up from Emma, is a version of the original without the top towers but with deeper base cakes, which works really well! (Feb 2013)
And also from Mrs Dixon who has used pillars of equal size which give it a wonderful fuller figure (Feb 2013):
Thank you to everyone who has submitted them so far – please keep them coming!!