Make this birthday extra special for your little princess with the Ultimate Rapunzel Cake
My youngest turned four just last week but she’s known for months that she wanted a fancy princess cake for her birthday. Originally she wanted the extravagant castle cake that I made for her big sissy’s birthday but since I’ve already made that twice now, I was hoping to branch out and try something different. I asked if there was any other cake she wanted and she asked me to make a Rapunzel cake. Of course I said I would, just before I realized that I had NO IDEA how to make one! But if my little Keira wants a Rapunzel cake, she’s going to get a Rapunzel cake (fingers crossed that the tower doesn’t fall over before she blows out the candles)!
I followed my usual strategy and started on Pinterest for inspiration. Wow…some people are seriously good at this stuff…a few of these cakes were pure art! I chose a few things that I liked from various cakes that I thought I could actually pull off. One cake had a waterfall…I can do that. Another had a shingled roof…piece of cake (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Anyway, I gathered my thoughts, my supplies/ingredients and my wine and got right to work.Think you can create the Ultimate Rapunzel Birthday Cake? It's easier than you'd think! Click To Tweet
The first order at hand was to bake the actual cakes. I was going to make them alternating shades of purple but my little one put a stop to that when she said that she wanted them “normal”. It is her cake, after all!
For the base of the tower, I made two 6″ and two 8″ round cakes. If you’re new to this, just know that you have to level them after they cool off. (I didn’t know to do this with my first cake so I’m sharing, just in case you don’t either). I just use a simple wire leveler…no need for anything fancy. (FYI: Those pieces you slice off the top make a yummy little snack and pair nicely with red wine!)
I colored the frosting a pale green and iced the cakes. When I was trying to decide what to use for the actual tower, I couldn’t think of a single, edible food that would work. My main goal was just to keep it from falling over! Honestly, a simple PVC pipe was the first thing that came to mind and was what I ended up going with in the end (the 12″ size).
I had picked up a couple packs of green and white fondant and colored some of the white fondant purple for the tower. It’s pretty easy to do…just add a few drops of food coloring and knead it in. Then I used a rolling pin to roll it flat and wrapped it around the pipe. I’d never worked with fondant before and found it stickier than expected. After a quick google search, I learned that sprinkling corn starch on the surface makes it a lot easier. It also rubs right off when you’re finished. I often wonder how people ever accomplished anything before Google came along?! I’d still be trying to “unstick” the fondant from the rolling pin!
When I placed the pipe in the center of the cake, I realized that I hadn’t covered it enough. I didn’t want to color more fondant because I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get the shades to match. No worries, I always have an alternate plan. You’ll see…
Earlier in the week, I had seen this cool fondant mold and decided to give it a try. The greenery looked so pretty in the picture and I knew it’d be perfect for a Rapunzel cake!
I didn’t need much of the green fondant so I just bought a 4.4 oz package. Using it was tricky at first but the corn starch definitely helped! I found it was easiest to start with a long snake-like piece and push from the middle out. You need to be sure to push the fondant all the way in…really squish it in there to get into every nook and cranny of the mold. Then, take a sharp edge and scrape the excess from the top, moving it quickly back and forth as you go so that it doesn’t pull the fondant out of the mold (This process definitely had a learning curve). When you’re finished, the fondant should be flush with the mold. Finally, turn the mold over and pull the piece(s) out very gently. Pretty, don’t you think?
This is where it gets fun! Once I made enough fondant pieces, it was time to start decorating! First things first, I had to fix my little “oops”. My simple solution was to make some extra fondant ribbon and wrap it around the white spot. No one will ever know I messed up (don’t tell, okay?)! I also wrapped fondant ribbon around the bottom of both cakes.
For the top of the tower, I took purple icing and frosted a cake cone. Then I took more white fondant, colored it pink, rolled it flat and cut it into little rectangles for shingles. I used the leftover purple frosting to stick the pieces to a sugar cone, starting from the bottom and moving up so there was a slight overlap.
I added icing to the inside of the cake cone to hold the roof in place. The sugar cone was the perfect fit for the PVC pipe and the icing held it in place as well. When I was ready to make Rapunzel’s yellow window, I realized that I had colored the last of the fondant pink (another oops…I don’t think I’ll be mistaken for a professional anytime soon). I put on my thinking cap and found some yellow candy melts that I had stashed away. I melted a few, using a cookie cutter in the shape of a Christmas stocking as a mold. Then I cut off the bottom, shaped it a little more and used that as Rapunzel’s window. I suggest that you just remember to save some extra fondant…much easier! Anyway, I stuck it on with some icing and surrounded it with vines and candy flowers.
Then I just started decorating like crazy…it was so much fun!!! I added greenery around the tower and a little lake with a waterfall.
I kept adding greenery and flowers until I didn’t have any left! If it’s a Rapunzel cake, you can’t possibly have too many flowers! I also added some green coconut around the bottom for the grass.
And the finished product…
But wait…we almost forgot the guest of honor! How could we not invite Rapunzel to her new home! From the smile on her face, I think she likes it!
Finally, it had to past the ultimate test…did the birthday girl like it? Well, she said it was the “coolest cake ever” so I guess I got her seal of approval!
Now, if we could only get the same seal of approval for our singing!
This was so much fun that now I’m looking for any excuse to make another cake! Any suggestions for what I should try next? I’m up for a challenge!
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