I have to make a castle cake next week for a client. I have attempted the castle cakes in the past using Wilton's kit and I have also tried the turrets using paper towel tubes. I have had rpoblems wrapping them in the fondant, but the biggest problems I face with the Wilton kit and the paper towel tubes is securing them to the side of the cake so that they don't lean, rattle, tilt, etc during delivary.
can someone please share with me the best way to secure the fondant wrapped turrets to the side of the cake? Also, does anyone have any helpful hints for wrapping turrets in fondant?
Thanks a million!
First, let me say we made our turrets out of RKT. To attach, we used a round cutter to take the corner off the cake. That leaves alot of "contact" area for the turret and cake, then we just use bc to secure it together. We didn't have any problem with it.
As for how to attach the fondant to the turret, if the turret isn't edible, you could use piping gel or bc. If it's edible, I would prefer bc for the flavor.
I suggest using the paper towels tubes and stuffing the bottom with RKT so you can use a dowel and stick it horizontally through the turret and insert that into the cake and also put down some RI on the board for them to anchor to. That should do it. You can make some glue using Tylose, but even a simple syrup can help the fondant adhere to the tubes.
Roll out your fondant. Lay the tub down and cut a long rectangle. Brush the fondant with the glue. Roll the tube over the fondant catching the end of the fondant rectangle you made helping to roll up and over the tube and roll it over till the end meets the table and cut off the excess and smooth the seam.
Here is the best tutorial for a castle cake, Kelly is amazing for sharing her tips:
I just put royal icing or candy melts on the bottom of the turret before placing on the board and press the turret firmly into the iced cake. then patch up the crack betwee the turret and the cake with icing. It holds the turret firmly in place, I've not had any problems with the turrets coming off in delivery.
I made the Wilton Castle Cake last weekend. I didn't have any problems wrapping the towers in fondant. As far as attaching to the side of the cake, I saw a video online, the gal hot glued dowels to the side of the towers and then stuck them into the cake. I haven't done this but she said that works really well for her. She covered the end of the dowel that was glued with fondant so no glue came in contact with the cake. Good luck with your cake.
I made a castle cake a couple months ago (it's in my pics) and used fondant for the turrets. I didn't want the actual paper towel rolls to be part of the cake so I wrapped the paper towel rolls with plastic wrap first and then wrapped the fondant around the roll. I didn't cut a rectangle first (although I probably would next time) but just kind of rolled out a rectangular shape and then wrapped it around and used my fingers to press and smooth out the seam as best I could. I let them dry for I think 2 days and then slid them off of the paper towel rolls and removed the plastic wrap from the inside. Next time I would let them dry another day or two because they weren't quite as hard as I would have liked. The top and bottom edges were not straight on mine (since I didn't roll rectangles) so I used a knife to level them off. To attach them to the cake I stuck 2 toothpicks, one an inch or two above the othe,r about halfway into the fondant tube and then carefully stuck the other side of the toothpicks into the cake. Between the toothpicks and the buttercream frosting of the cake the towers were fairly stable.
I made a castle cake (in my pics) in the spring and used sugar cones. You cover them in fondant, then paint with piping gel (or used melted chocolate) and roll in sugar. I wanted them edible and that was the easiest way.
PS: I was lazy, didn't want to do the fondant at first and tried many different ways of getting the sugar on the cone - not good. I wish I would have just done the fondant to start with - would have saved me time and grief.
I forgot to mention that I used end to end ice cream cones for the towers and covered them with fondant.
Thanks for all the tips I found on this site for the castle cake, my niece had a spectacular birthday! [IMG]http://cakecentral.com/content/type/61/id/3059909/width/200/height/400[/IMG]