OnlyGirl and I had a joint celebration of our birthdays last weekend. We usually do it on the weekend that falls between our birthdays (although she usually gets her own cake on her birthday).
It was a simple, family affair, but with a small twist — this year, I made a cake in the shape of a castle, inspired by the simple (or so I thought!) castle cake design that I found in BirthdayExpress.com.
It was my first attempt in making and decorating a fancy cake, so please pardon the amateurish look to the final product. The kids didn’t seem to mind. MyEldest had a blast helping me decorate it. And they all enjoyed eating it, fighting over who gets the pretzel ‘door’ and ‘drawbridge’, the gummy ‘flags’ and the gumdrops.
I used a vanilla cake recipe for this cake, topped with buttercream frosting, lightly tinted yellow for the ‘castle’ and blue for the ‘water’ in the ‘moat’. Using the tip of a bamboo toothpick, I scored lines on the yellow frosting to make the ‘bricks’. I forgot to buy a rectangular cake plate so I made do with my cake stand from Ikea.
The cake cost very little to make. That is, if I only take into account the cost of materials. The cost of labour would have been high, considering that it took this amateur half a day to complete the whole thing.
But the joy that the kids got from it? Priceless! :)