LAURIE: I’m Laurie Gelman for howdini.com, and if you’re already excited about this magical castle cake, then I hereby declare that you, too, can make this in your kitchen! And we’re going to find out how to make this cake for a boy or a girl. To show us how, we turn to our friend Liv Hansen for the Betty Crocker Kitchens. Hey, Liv, How are you?
LIV: Hey, Laurie!
LAURIE: Now that is a very impressive looking cake.
LIV: Thank you.
LAURIE: But complicated if you don’t know what you’re doing.
LIV: Well if you take it step by step, you can do it.
LAURIE: I believe you. Step one, Let’s go.
LIV: Okay. You’re going to need four eight inch square cakes. And I’ve chilled these in the freezer for about thirty minutes, so they’re not going to have as many crumbs when we cut them.
LIV: Okay. Now to make the tiers of your castle more level, I recommend cutting of the domes of your cake. So I’m going to use a serrated knife, and go ahead and do that. Then, I’m going to use about one third of a cup and scoop it right on top. Then, I’m going to spread it evenly.
So now that that’s done, I’m going to take the next cake, invert it, and put it right on top. And try to center it. And again, another third of a cup. Okay. And then we’re going to do one more layer. Nice and tall.
LAURIE: This is good!
LIV: And you can push it down a little bit to try and make it more level. Now this one, we’re going to cut into quarters. I’m going to put a little dollop of frosting, spread it a little bit, and that’ll be the glue for starting the next tier of the castle.
LIV: And just repeat that. Okay. And we’re just going to use one more layer on top.
Now, we’re going to cut this one in quarters again, to get about 2 inch squares.
LAURIE: Are we going up even higher?
LIV: We’re going to do a third tier.
LIV: And we’re just going to do two for that. So now, we’re ready to do a crumb coat.
LAURIE: What’s a crumb coat?
LIV: A crumb coat is basically a thin layer of frosting that we spread over the entire cake, and that will seal in some of the crumbs, so that your final coat is nice and clean. And I actually have one ready to go, that we can start doing the final coat on.
LAURIE: Okay, I’ll move this, you get that.
LIV: Great, thank you.
LAURIE: That looks fancy already.
LIV: Yeah, for a little fancier presentation we put it on a pedestal.
LAURIE: That looks great.
LIV: So now we’re going to start the final coat.
LAURIE: How pristine do you have to be with this?
LIV: Well, as close as you can to get a flat finish, the better. I just like to get all the icing on first, and then I’ll flatten it out. So now I have this lip of icing, and I’m going to start to just slice it off, running my spatula in. Don’t start on your cake. You want to start from outside and slice it in and over. So now’s the fun part: we get to start decorating.
LAURIE: Oh, great. I mean, it looks good enough already, but okay, let’s do it.
LIV: I have a plate of sanding sugar here. This is pink sanding sugar, and what I’m going to do, is I’m going to take these ice cream cones, ice them with the pink frosting, and you’re going to roll it in the sanding sugar to get a nice glistening effect.
LAURIE: Okay. Okay. Sanding sugar, you can buy at the grocery store?
LIV: You can.
LIV: Okay. So I’m going to put it here, and you can just put your fingers in it and just roll it around.
LIV: And I’ll start the next one. You’re going to need five of these. Okay, so now we’re ready to put them on the castle.
LAURIE: Is there a trick?
LIV: Well basically I would put your fingers in here, and hold at the top, and just balance it very gently, and place it on. And just sort of push it in a little bit to the icing to make sure it adheres. Great. And one for the top. Okay.
LIV: So now we’re going to add some accents and candy.
LAURIE: Oh, good.
LIV: So I have some sugar cubes, some little stars, and some gumballs, and some little wafer cookies. So the sugar cubes, you can just place them. We’re going to put these little stars up here, and we’ll use our frosting as the glue.
LIV: Just dip it in a little bit. And then maybe some of these gumballs. And one over these
LIV: So now we’re going to create the doors and the windows. And I’m going to use these little wafer cookies. Use two for the door, and that I’ve cut some a little shorter to make for the windows.
LAURIE: Oh, cute.
LIV: So I’m going to pipe on some accents, and there you have it.
LAURIE: This looks gorgeous, and any little girl would love to have this at their party. Look at that.
LIV: Thank you.
LAURIE: Oh, but the final touch?
LAURIE: Birthday candles. Two more in the front.
LAURIE: And you light them up and you sing happy birthday. That’s so great. This is very girly-girl though. Can you do a boy’s castle?
LIV: Sure. You can just frost it with chocolate, and maybe change the color palette. Use some yellow and blue and red candies. And you can change the wafer cookies to chocolate or vanilla.
LAURIE: Oh, that’s a great idea. And put a moat, dragon –
LIV: Dragon –
LAURIE: Damsel in distress. I’m trying to think of, sword!
LIV: All that stuff.
LAURIE: I love it, I love it. Thank you so, so much.
LIV: Thank you.
LAURIE: I’m Laurie Gelman for howdini.com