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post #1 of 25
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I am making a castle cake for my daughter's 4th birthday. We will have to move the cake approximately 45 miles. I am worried about the turrets on the top and sides of the cake falling over. I know that I will have to dowel the turrets on top, but what do I do with the ones on the sides.

I can just see me getting to the party and the side turrets tumbling over. Does ANYONE have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 25
I just made a castle cake for my daughter's 4th birthday and had to drive it about 15 miles. I made the turrets out of Rice Krispy treats covered on fondant and relied on buttercream to "glue" them to the rest of the cake. Well the whole cake slid and shifted on the cake board while we were driving and the turrets separated from the cake so there were huge cracks at all the joints.

So hopefully you can learn from my mistakes icon_smile.gif Make sure the cake stays perfectly level while you are driving. Make sure the whole cake has some sort of non-slip surface (Press 'n Seal, that foamy shelf liner stuff, etc.) between it and the cake board. Bring an emergency kit with you in case there is any cracking during transport so you can cover any "issues" once the cake is in its final place.

Good luck! Be sure to post pictures!
post #3 of 25
Are the turrets going to be made of cake or are they going to be paper towel rolls or ice cream cones?? If they're going to be PT rolls or cones, you could use some RI to glue them to the board. Also you could wait to put them next to the cake until you get it to the destination. For cake, I would dowel them through the middle.

HTH!! Good luck!
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post #4 of 25
we had to take my castle cake about 30 miles, and i bought those knitting needles that are as thin as toothpicks!! and i put them through like an X(4 needles) and they worked great! of course my turrets werent smooth fondant or anything so i could afford to poke holes through them! i just took them out as soon as i arrived and everything was fine
post #5 of 25
I made a big one for my grandson which needed to be carried by two people. For good support, I used a masonite board. For transportation I placed a rubber mat (the kind is placed to hold rugs) underneath it to prevent slipping. The turrets as well as the towers were secured with royal icing and dowells. Hope this helps, Good Luck!!!
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post #6 of 25
I have a castle cake that I have done a number of times now and I have never moved it with them installed. I always deliver it and set it up on site. If you put all that work into it for your daughter, I don't think it is worth it to have a mishap at the last minute. I swear I would cry. Any way you could design your cake so that you could put it together at the last minute?

My turrets are actually made all of dried fondant so they are easy to transport (and install)- and totally edible!! I have directions if you are interested.

Good luck!

-Michelle
post #7 of 25
I was planning to make a castle cake this weekend as well. I had not considered needing dowels. I just thought it would all stay together, as I'm very new to this. I think I would cry too, if I got there and the cake had fallen apart. I was planning a small cake with a bottom of 9x9 square cake with a top layer of 8x8 round cake with 5 cupcakes and ice cream cones. Please tell if you the cakes you are discussing are larger of if I need to purchase dowels.
post #8 of 25
I also worry about the turrets falling. However my turrets are modelling paste only (no cake) & the side ones I first put a circle of royal icing under each, then I put a thin, neat sausage of fondant around each (secured to the cake board with royal icing or sugar glue) & press into the turrett softly. So far so good, though I still worry. Have a look at my castle pic in the fairytale comp. (I must post it on my page).
post #9 of 25
Silly me! My castle cake IS on my photo page (but not many others yet!)
post #10 of 25
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Michelle ~ your cakes are absolutely beautiful and if you don't mind i would love to have the instructions for your cake... in fact, i printed the picture of your castle a couple of weeks ago... and put on my refrigerator as inspiration.

Awela ~ Thank you for the idea of using royal icing.... i always forget that royal icing is an option.

Fumanfyter ~ i would have never thought of knitting needles..... you are the reason i love this site.... someone is always more ingenious than me.

Fancymcnancy ~ Thanks for the tips.... they are great... i will do my best to learn from your adventures (never mistakes... always adventures).

Pscsgrrl ~ I was thinking of using cake.... but now I don't know what to do.... I'm so confused.... my mind is swimming now.... time for coffee and a session of drawing.

Mmgiles ~ The cake I am doing is going to be a little larger but i would suggest doweling yours anyway..... better be safe than sorry.
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post #11 of 25
I'm making a castle cake right now too - for my daughter's 4th birthday! Luckily, I don't have to transport it. jekizer - when is your daughter's birthday? My daughter's was on the 10th.

I would suggest, that if you can, wait until you get to your destination before putting the tturrets on top (and possibly the ones on the sides too). You can use candy melts or royal icing to "glue" the side turrets to the board. Or drive dowels through each one into the board itself.

And yes, mmgiles - I would suggest you dowel your cake too. My castle cake is a 10" square and a 6" round and I am doweling the heck out of it. The weight of the turrets on top is enough to make the entire cake fall apart. Play it safe and dowel away!
post #12 of 25
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Her birthday is on the 23rd we are having her party on the 21st. I am praying so hard.....
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post #13 of 25
I've heard of people using a stack of oreo cookies covered in fondant for the turrets--I thought that was a clever way to get a nice, big, delicious tower! If you have enough time to ice them together with royal and let it dry, it should be rock solid and transport very nicely.
post #14 of 25
Jekizer- You are so sweet!!!! I didn't realize when I was making this cake it would turn out that so many people would like it! I will PM you the directions. It is really pretty easy, but very time consuming.

Remember to post your pictures when you are done!!!

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-Michelle
post #15 of 25
Jekizer....

I made a castle cake this weekend and I was scared also....I doubled the cake board for added support. Then instead of PT roll and ice cream cones. I used styrofoam cones cut in half using only the top. For the turrets I used the styrofoam rods. I was able to use toothpicks to keep everything together. I stuck toothpicks into the sides of the rods and then secured them into the cake. Followed by icing at the seams. This was my first cake and I learned alot...Hope this helps you cake see the pic in my photos....Good luck...Kim
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