Galations 5:22

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Galations 5:22

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Castle Cake

Castle Cake

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 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 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!



idesign said...

the results were not less than stellar!! it looks great! :)

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

If that's less than stellar, I can't imagine what stellar is!

Christy said...

Truly, the cake looks awesome! I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it, promise! I really like the light gray on the purple....hey, purple is a royal color, AND castles are supposed to be old. I don't see the lean, but I don't see the problem with leaning either when it comes to old castles. :O) One thing someone told me when it comes to red and black icing (b/c I have a lot of trouble with that) is that if you add some of the powdered along with the gel icing it makes the icing richer, and if you let it sit over night, it deepens even more. I do a combo of powdered and gel with my red now, and it seems to be working pretty well.

Kara said...

oh my must be a huge perfectionist...that cake looks amazing!!!

I barely can bake a cake out of a box though (I do no bake desserts :-)), but I still don't ever think I've seen such an intricate cake design! GREAT JOB!! Cut yourself some slack!! :-D said...

Wow! That looks amazing! Before I even read the text, I figured it was a boy's castle cake. I made one years ago for my daughter and it was all pink (and nowhere near as fancy as yours). Great job!


Life in Rehab said...

Are you kidding? It's awesome! You aren't capable of failure.

Judy said...

Wow! That cake is beautiful and it looks so yummy! Have a great week end!


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