CanadianCakin Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 2:30pm
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icon_mad.gif My daughter who turns 4 tomorrow insisted on having the wilton castle cake for her birthday...she saw the picture of and and said "he has to be exactly like that exactly" Well it was more like "exactyee"!
Well what a 'royal' pain in the behind this cake is to decorate! And know I am am supper annoyed because the towers are falling! I did it just like they said!
Why oh why couldn't they have some plastc piece exteding out of the bottom of the towers to put in the cake like the windows? Why oh why do you have to attach dowels?
Ok there is my mini-rant!! Has anyone else had better luck with this kit! I find it not very user-friendly (or maybe it's just this user!?) Oh yeah and decorating the turrets was a pain! There is nothing to hold onto! Sooooo you get a blank space where your fingers were!!
I just hopt it holds up on the way to the party!


Ahhhhh fell better now!
Ashley

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pattycakesnj Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 2:38pm
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sorry you are having such problems. I bought the castle kit too but now my daughter wants a scooby doo party. There go my dreams for a girly girl.

neelycharmed Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 2:46pm
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HI,
I have the kit as well, and I haven't used it yet, but I haven't heard anything great about it, which sucks because the last thing you want to happen is the cake towers falling over.. or whatever else could happen.
I think if I knew that before hand, I wouldn't have bought it.
so I am no help. but good luck!

Rosie2 Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 2:51pm
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I feel for you...I bought the kit, I followed the directions and it was also a total disaster!! the cake was so bad that I never brought it to CC icon_sad.gif....mine ended up looking like a church instead of a castle since I could not put all the towers.
However, I've seen gorgeous castles (here) that were done with the same kit...so, I asssumed that I needed more experience to work with the kit....I don't know, but I've never try to do another castle again. icon_sad.gif
Good luck...maybe some of the experts can help you here.

jojocakes Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 3:06pm
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I also purchased that castle kit from wiltons for my cousins little girls cake. I really didn't have much trouble with it (I made it simple) until it was time to deliver it. I drove 10 MIH all the way to the place and the towers still fell over. I dropped off the cake and rushed back home to get my repair kit. I was able to fix it...but I was very close to having my first cake disaster. So I would definitely recommend attaching the towers after you already have the cake on the cake table. You can look in my photos to see it.

Cake_Bliss Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 3:15pm
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I made the castle cake for a friends daughters 2nd bday party. I melted white chocolate and put it on the bottom of the towers and it dried like crazy glue then it went much better. It even delivered to her house without a problem. Hope this helpsicon_smile.gif

indydebi Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 3:17pm
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Great thread! I've never used the castle kit (did the Disney one, but not the Wilton one) so it's very nice for you all to share your experiences before I ever accept an order for one!

Hope some folks who have done it successfully pop in here and share the hints that make it work ok! thumbs_up.gif

CanadianCakin Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 3:36pm
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Originally Posted by angi1972

I made the castle cake for a friends daughters 2nd bday party. I melted white chocolate and put it on the bottom of the towers and it dried like crazy glue then it went much better. It even delivered to her house without a problem. Hope this helpsicon_smile.gif




Her party isn't until one and it's 8:30 here now! I was just thinking of trying white chocolate so I will for sure now. I tried candy melts...no go...I even had my husband caramelize some sugar...no go, so now it's melted chocolate! Wish me luck!

jo_ann Posted 27 Jun 2009 , 3:46pm
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My dh drilled some holes in the bottom of the towers and I inserted skewers to stabilize them. Helped alot. They still sway but are alot more stable when moving the cake. Hth.

Jo-Ann

JenniferMI Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 12:04am

I've never used this, but just a shot in the dark suggestion....melted choc. works great to "stick" things firmly.

Jen icon_smile.gif

sweetcakes Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 12:34am

the towers really need to be put in place on site, i wouldn't travel with them on, except for the ones that are attached to the board. for the ones that sit on higher levels i drilled a hole into the bottom of the tower so i could slip them over a dowel. use melted chocolate to attche the towers to the board.

brincess_b Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 11:46am

a better tip - get some cardboard tubing (kitchen roll, innards of wrapping paper). i find it so easy to do, cover them in fondant just with a bit better. i think you still have the same standing up issues, but my way sounds much less stress that wiltons way.
or even use swiss rolls - messy, but tasty!
xx

sweetcakes Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 3:22pm

yes paper towel tubes will work too, but you've got to save them for when you have a castle cake to do. i needed 13 towers so it would have taken several months to accumulate that many tubes. The wilton set if you have it works and the towers have battlements at the top and the spires. If you cover them in a 50/50 mix early enough you can actually slide off the mix to remove the plastic inner piece.

chefjess819 Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 3:30pm

i was considering getting the wilton kit for a sand castle cake for my daughter's 5th birthday this year. this has just set my mind to not even bother with it. not one for complicated cake items when i have enough things to worry about with a party to plan also. icon_confused.gif

CanadianCakin Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 10:13pm

So I got it to work...well with 4 tower casualties on the way over! Next time I do a castle it won't be with the kit! I ended up using melted chocolate. I brought a thermos to the park of boiling water, a bowl, and chocolate in a piping bag....melted the chocolate there, then put it back together... so I was at least prepared for the casualties! Overall it turned out great and my daughter loved it!
Thanks for all your help! Check out the finished product!

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1404284.html

Thanks again!!! icon_biggrin.gif

Rosie2 Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 1:03am

Wow, you did an awesome job!!! I wish mine would had come out near as good as yours...mine was a disaster. The towers didn't fell but I had trouble with the set up. Like I said, I've never try to make a castle again icon_sad.gif...
I'm glad your turned out so great. Congratulations!!

jammjenks Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 2:54am

I have done the Wilton castle kit several times. I always use white candy melts, but I put it on the bottom AND on the sides so that they are attached to the board AND the cake. I haven't had one even threaten to fall on me yet and the last one traveled 15 miles around a mountain.

kerrbear0924 Posted 29 Jun 2009 , 3:08am

i did the castle cake for my daughters first birthday in February. I believe i did the same thing Jammjenks does. I used the white candymelts to really glue the towers to the cake board...then i covered the white mess up with "green bushes". I also had to travel a long way up and down many hills and turns and didn't have any problems. I hope you're not to discouraged to try it again. I just hope my daughter will want one again sometime.

cncgirl00 Posted 8 Jul 2009 , 8:22pm

I just made the castle cake for my daughter's 1st birthday on June 20th. Hubby drilled holes in the bottoms and I hot glued 1/4" dowels into them. I used a foam core board for the cake board, sharpened the dowels and pushed those into the base cake board. I also put a little hot glue under these for extra support (the ones that don't go into the cake). I made the dowels that went into the cake long enough to actually go all the way thru the cake and into the cake board. Everything turned out really great. I was really proud of this cake--first one like this I've made.

Annabakescakes Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 6:23am
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Originally Posted by sweetcakes

yes paper towel tubes will work too, but you've got to save them for when you have a castle cake to do. i needed 13 towers so it would have taken several months to accumulate that many tubes. The wilton set if you have it works and the towers have battlements at the top and the spires. If you cover them in a 50/50 mix early enough you can actually slide off the mix to remove the plastic inner piece.




*gasp!* What a great idea! Have you done this, or is it just an idea? How do you stick the little points on?

eatdessert1st Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 2:36pm

Angie1972, GREAT tip about the white chocolate. I'll have to remember that one when I use the kit.

eatdessert1st Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 2:37pm

Angie1972, GREAT tip about the white chocolate. I'll have to remember that one when I use the kit.

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:00pm

It turned out wonderful! Great job!

BCo Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:42pm
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Originally Posted by sweetcakes

for the ones that sit on higher levels i drilled a hole into the bottom of the tower so i could slip them over a dowel. use melted chocolate to attche the towers to the board.




I think this was poorly made aslo - but I did what sweetcakes said. I drilled holes in the bottoms of all of them and then secured a dowel rod up inside of them with melted chocolate. Worked perfectly and it traveled well also...... I have only done one of these and it was extremely time consuming and I would charge MUCH more if I ever am asked to do one again!! It wasn't difficult, just time consuming!

Here is mine
LL

BCo Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:54pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetcakes

for the ones that sit on higher levels i drilled a hole into the bottom of the tower so i could slip them over a dowel. use melted chocolate to attche the towers to the board.




I think this was poorly made aslo - but I did what sweetcakes said. I drilled holes in the bottoms of all of them and then secured a dowel rod up inside of them with melted chocolate. Worked perfectly and it traveled well also...... I have only done one of these and it was extremely time consuming and I would charge MUCH more if I ever am asked to do one again!! It wasn't difficult, just time consuming!

Here is mine
LL

BCo Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 5:55pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetcakes

for the ones that sit on higher levels i drilled a hole into the bottom of the tower so i could slip them over a dowel. use melted chocolate to attche the towers to the board.




I think this was poorly made aslo - but I did what sweetcakes said. I drilled holes in the bottoms of all of them and then secured a dowel rod up inside of them with melted chocolate. Worked perfectly and it traveled well also...... I have only done one of these and it was extremely time consuming and I would charge MUCH more if I ever am asked to do one again!! It wasn't difficult, just time consuming!

Here is mine
LL

carmenid Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 6:03pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by momma_ash

So I got it to work...well with 4 tower casualties on the way over! Next time I do a castle it won't be with the kit! I ended up using melted chocolate. I brought a thermos to the park of boiling water, a bowl, and chocolate in a piping bag....melted the chocolate there, then put it back together... so I was at least prepared for the casualties! Overall it turned out great and my daughter loved it!
Thanks for all your help! Check out the finished product!

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1404284.html

Thanks again!!! icon_biggrin.gif




it may have been a pain but it turned out really nice!!

I have been dying to do a castle cake so this is very good to know tips, thanks every one!

cylstrial Posted 9 Jul 2009 , 7:07pm

Bturpin - Your cake looks great as well!!

cindy1176 Posted 10 Jul 2009 , 5:26pm

I have done two of these cakes...I used the candy melts and used about 1 tbls of the melted stuff per tower. I did the window deco first and then the dowel and candy. I then let the towers dry upside down for a whole hour and did not put the ones into the cake until I delivered it. Also it does help to secure the board towers to the cake sides, not just the board. I used fondant on the turrets. I also bring a little bc in a bag already tipped just in case. The fondant was used on the second cake...frosting the turrets was a pain in the neck, lol! I have left the fondant on the turrets for the next cake...

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