Princess castle cake

Princess Castle Cake

My eldest daughter turned 5 recently and for her birthday she asked for a Princess Castle Cake.

I made two batches of my favourite vanilla cake recipe from ThermoBliss in a rectangular tin and then two batches in a small round tin.

While the cakes cooled I made a batch of Wilton’s Buttercream and split the batch into three bowls to mix in my gel colours. I covered the cakes with a crumb layer of icing and then got to work with my ice cream cone turrets.

I only needed to melt a small amount of chocolate to cover the waffle cones so I thought I would use the microwave. Even though I microwaved for small amounts of time I ended up burning the chocolate. What a waste of chocolate and time!

So I turned to my trusty Thermomix and used it to temper the chocolate by first grating it and then melting at 50 degrees. The chocolate melted perfectly so I could use my pastry brush to cover the waffle cones and then dip then in the sprinkles.

Mermaid party food

My daughter recently turned three and for her birthday party she really wanted a mermaid theme so of course I had to include some mermaid themed party food.

For the grazing table I already had the Herb and Garlic dip, Tapenade and Mini Vegetable Frittatas. So to add some mermaid flavour I made the Macadamia and Parmesan Biscuits and used a mermaid tail cookie cutter.

Grazing table

But the dessert table is where we had all the mermaid fun. To go with the Coconut Ice and Mermaid Tail fairy bread I made these Pinwheel Biscuits.

For the cake I made two batches of the Brown Sugar Kumara Cake in 6 inch cake tins. I love this cake, it tastes like caramel mud cake and is a great solid cake to stack. I made a basic buttercream for the crumb icing and to layer the cake but for the buttercream petals/mermaid scales I used this recipe for Wilton’s Buttercream. It is amazing to work with and always hold its shape! This recipe makes a big batch so I had enough to decorate the mermaid cake, decorate my Basic Vanilla Cupcakes and also just enough to use to make my Clam shells

The cake was a huge hit and was so easy to make. I just watched a YouTube video on petal icing and I was good to go. My tip for icing cupcakes is to get yourself the Thermomix piping big and use the biggest star nozzle. This makes it so easy to pipe the perfect icing on your cupcakes!