12 cups of homemade buttercream frosting...
1.5 cups of royal icing...
8 ice cream cones...
4 sugar cones...
1/2 a bottle of hot pink sprinkles.
1.5 full recipes of WASC (White Almond Sour Cream) cake later...I had turned
100 royal icing flowers
2 double-layered tiers (12" and 8" squares)
into a beautiful Castle Cake!
This is what my kitchen looks like each time I make a cake. It looks like "bakery bomb" went off... TWICE!!! And yes.. I had icing in my hair.. on my clothes.. on the floor... you name it. I believe I even had cake batter splattered on the floor. Don't ask.. I don't know.
This time I ran out of room and had to extend the mess to the dining room table!
See those ice cream cones there... I'm cussing them out as I take this picture. We were NOT friends.
I actually tried to be efficient and I made the royal icing flowers early. That way, if they didn't come out I could go to Plan B... whatever that was. Fortunately, I was able to make 100 royal icing flowers. Every single one of them made it to the cake. Well... except a couple.. my little one thought he could steal a few without me knowing. He hasn't learned that mommy has eyes everywhere.
I even prepared the buttercream frosting for the decorations on the cake ahead of time.
This is a crumb coat. The purpose it to lock in all the crumbs so you don't see any crumbs through your white frosting. Also, if you are in a pinch and can't decorate your cake in one day, apply the crumb coat to lock in the moisture of the cake until you can get to it the next day. A crumb coat is just a really thin layer of frosting. You don't need to apply very much.
And we finally have
tears tiers. I cut out a portion of the bottom ice cream cones so that they would sit flush against the cake.
In the end, I showed those cones who was boss! The top of the turret is a sugar cone I covered in frosting and rolled in sugar sprinkles. The window is made of black fondant.
Princess Ariel had her own pond outside of the castle.
Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty got to be at the top of the castle.
here is a shot of the entire cake..
I am pleased with the way it came out. I am happy to know that while they are rusty.. I still have my skills. The recipient loved it and that is what always makes me the most happy. That wow factor. It's what every designer lives for. Wheather it be through art, sewing, quilting, or cake decorating. It's knowing that you just had a special part in making someone's day special. Happy 4th Birthday Nyelle!!