Monday, January 26, 2015

Castle Cake

It’s fun to make special cakes for kids and for those of us who are kids at heart. This cake was for Martina’s birthday. She’s a sucker for children’s literature, fairy tales and such. Last year I made her a dragon cake. This year I wanted to come up with something new. I combined a few ideas I found on the internet with some my own ideas. This is what I ended up with.

I made 1 recipe of applesauce cake and divided the batter into 4 different sized round pans. Since I don’t have any small round pans, I used tin cans lined with baking paper for the top tiers.

Once the cakes were cool, I sliced off the tops to make each layer level, frosted them with enough frosting (see recipe below) to make my “stones” stick.

For the stones, I cut up Basler Läckerli to the proper size and stuck them to the cake.
I used Lego knights as cake toppers.
Vienna Cream Frosting
½ cup (100 g) butter or margarine
2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (or for chocolate frosting, 2-4 tablespoons cocoa)
1 ½ cups (200 g) powdered sugar 

Have butter at room temperature, cream together with milk and vanilla, then add half the powdered sugar and beat well. Add the rest of the powdered sugar and beat until well blended.

Glaçage au beurre
100 g de beurre

2 cuillères à soupe de lait

½ cuillère à café d’extrait de vanille (ou pour du glaçage au chocolat, 2-4 cuillères à soupe de cacao)

200 g de sucre glace

Mélanger le beurre ramolli avec le lait et la vanille puis ajouter la moitié du sucre glace et bien battre. Ajouter le reste du sucre glace et battre encore jusqu’à ce que le mélange soit bien crémeux.

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