Recreate a mediaeval castle in delicious cake form to finish off a Middle Ages style party or celebrate the birthday of a special little prince or princess. While your castle cake is sure to impress your guests with its multiple tiers and towers, the technique is simple enough even for a novice cake decorator to achieve. Plan to prepare your cake a day or two before the party though because you will need plenty of time to frost and decorate it.
Combine two boxes of cake mix, 474 ml (2 cups) of buttermilk, 158 (2/3 cup) of vegetable oil and 6 large eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir until the cake batter has a uniform colour and consistency.
Spray two 20 cm (8 inch square) cake pans, two 15 cm (6 inch) round cake pans and three cavities on a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
Divide the cake batter between the greased cake pans and the three greased cavities on the muffin tin.
Bake the cakes at 176 degrees C (350 degrees F) for 15 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean. You may need to bake the cakes in several batches if all of the pans will not fit into your oven at once.
Remove the cakes and cupcakes from the pans and let them cool on a wire rack.
Place one of the square cakes on a large cake board and spread 65.5 g (1/2 cup) of icing over the top.
Stack the second square cake on top of the first and cover the top and sides of the stacked cakes with frosting.
Arrange one of the 15 cm (6 inch) round cakes in the centre of the stacked square cakes.
Spread 65.5 g (1/2 cup) of icing on top of the round cake and stack the second round cake on top of it.
Frost the top and sides of the two round cakes.
Center one of the cupcakes on top of the cake and cover the top and sides with frosting as well. You can enjoy the other two cupcakes as you will not need them for your castle cake.
Place an ice cream cone upside down on top of the cupcake. This creates a tower on your medieval castle cake.
Place an upside down ice cream cone on each corner of the square cake to add four more towers to the castle.
Unwrap square candies such as Starburst and press them onto the cake along the edges of the first and second tiers, spacing each candy approximately one inch apart. This will create a serrated edge on your castle walls.
Press chocolate covered graham cracker squares or other square and rectangular cookies onto the sides of the castle to create doors and windows.