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…
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), Edible glue, Meadow colour sprinkles (for cake base), (I got all these online)
20 inch polyethylene rolling pin (I can’t recommend these enough for working sugar paste), Icing smoother, 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.
As I receive regular inquiries about this post and where I got certain items, links to some can be found here:
*NEW* Many readers have kindly emailed pics of their versions of this cake, a selection of which can be viewed here for variations and ideas.