Castle Birthday Cake

My kids love creative cakes.  Well they love cake so I could get by with a bit of frosting.  But they really love something over the top.  It’s my son’s birthday this month and he has been thinking about his cake for months!  We talked about a pirate cake for which he was on board.  Then we talked about a cake with knights and that perked him up.  Then I said what about a castle cake that has knights defending the gold with the pirates attacking?  Eyes go wide.  Score!  🙂

As I mentioned in this apple jam post he really wanted the apple filling.  I made that the day before his family party.

Several days prior I needed to make the castle tower so it was set and ready to go.  Crispy rice treats are a major component to doing something like this.

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It’s very unglamorous but you squish the treats together to form the tower and the bits at the top until you get the shape you need.

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I like to use gum paste to cover the form so I mix in the colours I need for this and start wrapping the tower.  It gets a bit fiddly trying to blend the seams.

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Then I add the doors and windows and the floor of the top of the tower.  Once finished stick toothpicks on the bottom so it can be attached to the cake.

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Now when I showed him the tower he was thrilled.  I had bought some figures and was going to keep it relatively simple.  But then my MIL got grand plans!  She said to my son how wonderful it would be with a moat, drawbridge, fencing, etc.  Facepalm.  LOL  Back to the drawing board!  I managed to figure it out.

On the day of I placed the cake onto the board for decoration.  He requested yellow cake for this layer.

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I had some round chocolate cake in the freezer so I layered that onto the yellow cake with apple jam.

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I then took broken pieces of cake to form a rough “cliff” which I didn’t take any photos of unfortunately.  I placed the tower onto the cake then used buttercream frosting in green, yellow, and blue as this was a cliff scene coming off a beach.  I made a yellow moat with blue gel for the water.

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Next I used brown sugar as the sand.  I placed the figures round the cake to set up the scene.

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I found these great tall birthday candles that I used for torches round the tower and then one near the canon to light it.  🙂  I used yellow peanut M & Ms for the gold.

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I used part of a kitkat bar as the drawbridge.

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And what is a fantasy scene without a dragon?

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Needless to say he loved it.  🙂