It's official! My baby girl is 4!
She is a girl that knows what she wants and after a zillion trips to Michael's in her lifetime! She has had her eye on this cake kit for a couple years. She wanted a Princess Castle Cake last year and then had a last minute change to a Hello Kitty Cake. This year my little princess was sure she wanted a castle cake!
So this is where I have been hiding out. This is why I haven't baking up the sweets like I usually do. I had to start this cake 3 days in advance by making over 300 tiny flowers!
This Wilton Romantic Castle Cake Set comes with 32 pieces, none of which are ready to go on the cake. 2 days in advance, I covered the turrets in pink royal icing and rolled in clear sparkling sugar. I also outlined the windows and doors, adding sugar to those as well. I also baked the 2 layer 6-inch and 2 layer 10-inch cakes a day in advance.
Cake assembly day should be a piece of cake, right? Wrong! I still had to attach dowel rods to the towers that would be inserted into the cake with white chocolate. I iced both the 6-inch and 10-inch double layer cakes in white and then of course had to insert the dowel rods into the 10-inch cake to support the 6-inch top cake. I also realized I forgot to decorate the windows on the towers, so quickly decorated those just using buttercream and also added pink sugar pearls, which worked fine.
I used tip 67 to create all the leaves and bushes. Tip 3 for the stringwork and tip 17 for the pink shell border. I also made the mistake of attaching the turrets and towers before making the shell border, so I was having to work at piping it in all sort of odd directions. I ended up not using all of the pieces, some by choice, there just wasn't enough room! I also forgot to add 2 of the finished towers, and when I realized it, it was too late! Oh well, it still looked fine! If I were to make a cake like this again, I would go with a 12-inch bottom cake.
|Back of castle|
I did have little Disney Princess figurines to go all around the cake, but on our trip to Target to get the party plates and napkins, my little Princess decided on Hello Kitty partyware! By the time the cake was finished, the sun had set and I had no natural light to take pictures in, so I was unable to get the perfect picture like I had hoped for. Oh and the little bushes in the front of the castle, perfect to hold the candles! If not for those, I am not sure where I would have put the candles!
|Front of castle|
In the end it was all worth it seeing her eyes lit up and her saying "I love my Castle Cake so much, you are the best, thank you Mommy!"
Happy 4th Birthday to My Princess!