Paperfishies Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 3:12pm

I have an order for this cake, it looks super easy but I got to reading reviews about it and people are saying it has taken them 8 hours to assemble and it is very difficult. This kinda worries me, lol.

The cake is for Saturday morning, delivery to location is about a 45 minutes car ride.

I planned on decorating all of the columns and turetts tonight with royal icing and sanding sugar.

Should I wait to assemble all of the cloumns onto the cake at the venue?

Has anyone made this cake, can you give me any tips?

19 replies
hope22023 Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 3:45pm

Looks ARE deceiving on this one! I actually gave this set away because of how difficult it is to use. My recommendations- decorate on site. I tried all of the tips I saw online- royal icing, melted chocolate, building up icing on the sides of the towers where it meets the cake, etc- nothing worked. Of all of the columns I had on the cake, only 1 did not fall off at some point in time. Its really a design flaw on wiltons part. There is nothing to secure the towers to the cake. Good luck!

Paperfishies Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 4:16pm

Do you think if I drill small holes into the columns and use a skewer to connect the column to the cake, that would work?

I'm sitting here looking at pics and I really do not want to work on a cake that looks this simple for 8 hours, lol.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hope22023

Looks ARE deceiving on this one! I actually gave this set away because of how difficult it is to use. My recommendations- decorate on site. I tried all of the tips I saw online- royal icing, melted chocolate, building up icing on the sides of the towers where it meets the cake, etc- nothing worked. Of all of the columns I had on the cake, only 1 did not fall off at some point in time. Its really a design flaw on wiltons part. There is nothing to secure the towers to the cake. Good luck!


labelle24 Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 4:17pm

I have made this cake several times. I drill a hole through the bottoms of the pillars and use dowel - then slide the pillar over them, they wont go anywhere. I deliver mine assembled, and have never run into any issues.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=267093296659528&;set=a.304795166222674.63447.199991496703042&type=3&theater

labelle24 Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 4:19pm

it does NOT take 8 hours to assemble, its a pretty simple cake in my opinion.

Paperfishies Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 4:21pm

Awesome...I just looked at your facebook picture. The green icing on the cake, is that royal or buttercream? Also, what tip did you use for the green icing?

Quote:
Originally Posted by labelle24

I have made this cake several times. I drill a hole through the bottoms of the pillars and use dowel - then slide the pillar over them, they wont go anywhere. I deliver mine assembled, and have never run into any issues.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=267093296659528&;set=a.304795166222674.63447.199991496703042&type=3&theater


labelle24 Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 4:24pm

I think I used the #66 leaf tip, it's buttercream, infact I think I cut corners and bought wilton green icing so I didn't have to fuss with mixing it, I made all the flowers and decorate the cones a week ahead of time. It was a matter of icing the cake, stacking, and assembly - 3 hours tops.

mbranko24 Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 4:35pm

On another note regarding the castle cake, has anoyone who has decorated it covered the towers in fondant? I am wondering the best way to apply the fondant to stick to teh white plastic.

Thanks!

labelle24 Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 4:41pm

I have, but it wont let me attach the picture and I don't know how to turn it into a link

FullHouse Posted 5 Jul 2012 , 7:59pm

I also drill holes to put the dowels in the bottom of the turrets. For the turrets that sit directly on the cake board, I glue 2 short poly dowels to the sides of the turret and insert that into the cake.

To attach fondant to the turret, just use some piping glue or skim coat with corn syrup.

mrsg1111 Posted 15 Jul 2013 , 3:50am

I bought the Wilton Castle kit for a cake for this weekend. I was planning on covering the columns with fondant.  but now reading these posts i'm a bit nervous.  and confused....  which columns/ turrets is everyone having trouble with?  The ones on the baseboard?  what about the ones in the cake?  I'm also confused about how some bakers are drilling a hole and using the dowel. where exactly is it going?  I was planning on putting a dowel in the cake and then sticking the cake pillars into the cake about an inch.  But I am guessing that the base pillars are the ones giving the problems, correct?  If so, would it help if I tied a ribbon around the bottom cake while transporting?  I am going to use RI for all of the other decorations so the ribbon wouldn't mess anything up.  Would that help? 

 

Is it really that difficult?

Paperfishies Posted 23 Jul 2013 , 6:02pm
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrsg1111 

I bought the Wilton Castle kit for a cake for this weekend. I was planning on covering the columns with fondant.  but now reading these posts i'm a bit nervous.  and confused....  which columns/ turrets is everyone having trouble with?  The ones on the baseboard?  what about the ones in the cake?  I'm also confused about how some bakers are drilling a hole and using the dowel. where exactly is it going?  I was planning on putting a dowel in the cake and then sticking the cake pillars into the cake about an inch.  But I am guessing that the base pillars are the ones giving the problems, correct?  If so, would it help if I tied a ribbon around the bottom cake while transporting?  I am going to use RI for all of the other decorations so the ribbon wouldn't mess anything up.  Would that help? 

 

Is it really that difficult?

The pillars are closed at the bottom, they aren't open like plastic cake dowels so you can't shove them down into the cake.  I had to drill 2 small holes in the side of each column and one in the bottom of each, and use wooden dowels or straws to connect the column/pillars to the cake. 

kazzanz05 Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 10:53pm

AHi there. I'm going to give this cake a go for my daughter's 5th birthday in a couple of weeks. Question I have is how many cakes do I need to bake? Do I just make the 6inch and 10inch and cut them in half a fill. Or do I make 2 6inch and 2 10inch. I am not clear on that part.

Paperfishies Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 11:13pm

Quote:

Originally Posted by kazzanz05 

Hi there. I'm going to give this cake a go for my daughter's 5th birthday in a couple of weeks.
Question I have is how many cakes do I need to bake? Do I just make the 6inch and 10inch and cut them in half a fill. Or do I make 2 6inch and 2 10inch. I am not clear on that part.


2-10 inch cakes and 2-6 inch cakes

kazzanz05 Posted 7 Jan 2014 , 11:51pm

ACool thanks for that. I am using boxed cake mixtures for the cakes. Should 2 cake mixs be enough. Also I want to make the fondant flowers in advance. How do I store them before putting on the cake.

Paperfishies Posted 8 Jan 2014 , 12:27am

Quote:

Originally Posted by kazzanz05 

Cool thanks for that. I am using boxed cake mixtures for the cakes. Should 2 cake mixs be enough.
Also I want to make the fondant flowers in advance. How do I store them before putting on the cake.


Hmm, I don't use boxed mixes so I'm not quite sure how many boxes you would need...I think the typical mix produces 6 cups of batter.  A 6 inch pan takes 2 cups of batter so that would be 4 total cups...and a 10 inch (2 inch deep) pan takes 6 cups of batter...So it would look like you would need 3 boxes of cake mix and you will have some left over for cupcakes.

 

I store my fondant flowers at room temperature.  I add either tylose  powder or gumpaste to my fondant so it hardens faster and leave my flowers in a cool, dry place.

kazzanz05 Posted 9 Jan 2014 , 1:13am

AThanks so much for your answers. Another question. We are making cakes on Thursday Night. Hopefully ice them Friday. So it will be all ready for Sunday morning party. Now I will have the cake in the fridge on Saturday, will that effect the fondant flowers? Or will they be hard by then?

Paperfishies Posted 9 Jan 2014 , 5:24am

Quote:

Originally Posted by kazzanz05 

Thanks so much for your answers.
Another question. We are making cakes on Thursday Night. Hopefully ice them Friday. So it will be all ready for Sunday morning party. Now I will have the cake in the fridge on Saturday, will that effect the fondant flowers? Or will they be hard by then?


I would wait until Sunday to put the fondant flowers on...Sometimes, when you refrigerate fondant and then bring it to room temperature it can cause condensation causing your flowers to become wet/limp.

kazzanz05 Posted 9 Jan 2014 , 6:57am

AI can't decorate on Sunday as we have a housefull. So basically want the cake finished Friday Night. I might use a 50/50 blend of gumpaste and fondant. That should work.

MeganLG Posted 9 Jan 2014 , 3:54pm

I made a princess castle cake it was one of the first 'big' cakes I made. I was going to use the Wilton but I agree, seemed a little confusing!! So I went on to use the Betty Crocker video to help me and changed a few things along the way. It resulted in me ending up with a completely edible cake which everyone loved. Hope you get it figured out!! 

PS: I posted a picture of the finished cake and a link to the video I used to help me. 

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/princess-castle-cake/30644b1f-8ec2-4c23-b8d8-cce1d9566df4

 

 This was one of my first 'big' cakes I did. My partners sister asked me to make a princess castle cake for her daughters 2nd birthday. After looking at various designs on google, I found one that I used the structure of and just added the design myself as I wanted to make everything edible being a childs cake. It was super easy and good fun to make :)

Quote by %username% on %date%

%body%