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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Princess Cake Ideas

What a find! Check out this castle using the Wilton Kit and cookies! No cake required.Here is another one where the main theme is not cake! She used a cake mold to create a chocolate castle. How smart! Her description:
"How to make castle: Make your mold with chocolates when it has harden. Trim off the excess choc from the edges then with the extra icing put your dowel rods on to the back and the lollipop sticks that you made for flags. Put back into freezer to let it harden. Design it with Royal Icing and let it dry till it is hard. All the flowers, bushes, trimming on the castle is made out of Royal Icing. The other is Butter cream."One of my good neighbors has this nordic ware castle pan. I might have to call and borrow it for a cake similar to this
And how to decorate? I am trying to find a good way to do it and not lose the details. Here is the Williams Sonoma Recipe for glaze.

Combine in saucepan:
1/2 C sugar
1/4 C water
1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
Stir together over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Stir in 2 tsp vanilla. Use pastry brush to apply to warm cake. (Then I will try to sprinkle it with sugar sprinkles while it is still wet. Yummy and sparkly!)

Here is a solution another person proposed:
Make icing with confectioners' sugar and milk. Make it fairly thin, as to 'paint' the icing on the cake with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off.You can always add layers of it if too thin but one should be enough.

* 1 cup confectioners' sugar
* 2 teaspoons milk
* 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
* 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
* assorted food coloring

1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.
2. Divide into separate bowls, and add food colorings to each to desired intensity. Paint cake with a brush.

I like the idea of grass cupcakes around the perimeter. No need to cut the cake for the friends party, just give them a cupcake.Or, for the adventurous at heart who want the kids to eat all their hard work up, try these cupcakes with party favors included

Yes, this one is ridiculous, but I like the look of clustered turrets on top.

This Castle seems to use ice cream cones for the turret towers and points. A good option if you don't want to buy the Wilton Castle Kit with plastic towers.

Here is an option for a flat cake with castle outline shape.

A fun idea using the Wilton Castle Kit, but more simple decorations.

I am always looking for impressive looking, but easy to make decorations. I like the marshmallow stars on this cake

This is certainly elaborate for a 4 year old, but I wanted to remember the feel of a little backdrop and the lit base. I might give that a try.

If you want to find a wealth of birthday cake ideas submitted by regular folks and semi-professional decorators, check out the Coolest-Birthday-Cakes website. Here are some ideas on turrets from that site:

Two Cone turrets, free-standingTwo Cone turrets with one cake for support and then the sugar cone.

Other turrets were created as so:

  • "To make the towers I melted white chocolate and brushed it on 13 cake ice cream cones using a pastry brush then immediately sprinkled them with hot pink sugar crystals. For the last eight cones I did two at a time and stuck them together end-to-end before adding the sugar crystals to make the tall corner towers. I then melted hot pink chocolate and brushed it on nine sugar ice cream cones then immediately sprinkled them with multi-color mini decorating balls."
  • "For the cone roofs I dipped 4 waffle cones in melted cherry flavored chips then rolled them in glitter sugar." (see next pic)
  • I started by taking 10 regular ice cream cones and dipping them in white chocolate placing 8 of them end to end to make the tall pillars. After they hardened I dipped them again to help smooth it out. Then I dipped mini marshmallows and placed them on top for the "stones".(see next pic)
  • The towers were made from ice cream cones stuck together with apricot glaze and also used apricot glaze (someone else said the same thing with apricot jelly) to stick the sprinkles to the spires. I covered each tower in a thin coating of icing sugar

I also like the curling ribbon base on this. A little flair, zero skill!

So after looking at all these complicated and tricky looking castle cakes. Perhaps I should consider a simple crown. If you check out the link to the pan, this cake is more versatile than you would think. (If you have frosting skills, of course) Who would think it could also be a baby in a cradle and a Thanksgiving turkey!
Here we have the same pan, but the crown tips are done with cookies. I like that a lot.

And a carriage for the ball


  1. WOW, Andrea you went to a lot of work finding all those cakes! I like the idea of the castle pan, much easier, and then just decorate a la ginger bread house style.
    I found an instructional video that makes making a castle cake look fairly easy- and a princess cake too on We'll see how it goes. Naomi was by my side as I rolled through your post and she declared each and every one her favorite and that she must have it. She said she needed 3 cakes because she's almost 3!
    Thanks for the links and ideas!

  2. This was so helpful. I am getting ready to make a castle cake in November and am doing my research.