This cake took the longest for me to create and the results were less than stellar.
Putting the cake together took some time, but seemed to look pretty good prior to frosting. (I used butter cake...next time I will use a pound cake as this cake became so soft as it thawed that one of the turrets started to lean...augh!!)
Next I put on the crumb coat...it was a little difficult with all of the corners, but not so bad. Things are looking good at this point.
Then the next morning I started to frost & decorate. To my horror, the buttercream icing began taking on a lavendar color the more black paste I added to it...and of course, I kept adding more thinking, "this time, it will take on a dark gray color." It didn't. I flipped. THIS IS A BOY'S CAKE!! He would not be interested in a purple cake....and I'm running out of time.
Well, I just went with it and changed my decorating plan. After covering the entire cake in this awful purplish frosting, I decided to just lightly add a touch of black to the buttercream and make light gray stones for the castle. This looked better, though this is the point where I noticed one of the turrets starting to resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa...aughhh! If it was my kid's cake, it would have been fine, but I was making this for a friend AND she was paying me. Panic started to take hold. I was afraid I would run out of frosting (luckily I had plenty.)
Well, I got it done, added some grass and pennants and took a look. Not too bad. Until I realized there was NO DOOR!!! I became so distracted by the purple frosting that I totally forgot to leave room to create the door. Have I lost my ability to make cakes?!? Maybe this was a sign? Luckily the mom showed me LOTS of grace. She was going to decorate around the cake with Lego knights and she happened to have a Lego drawbridge door she could press into the side of the cake. I haven't seen pictures yet, but my fingers are crossed it all turned out ok. At least I know it tasted good!