How To Make A Disney Princess Castle Cake

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You don’t have to be a professional baker to make this Disney Princess Castle Cake! It’s a fun birthday cake that any little princess will love!

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When my oldest was turning 4, she decided she wanted a Disney princess party. I took her to the grocery store to pick out a cake but when she showed me the one she wanted, I had sticker shock. I hadn’t bought a birthday cake in a long time and couldn’t believe that one little cake could be $60!

I’d never made a castle cake in my life but I insisted to my daughter that mommy could make a better one. She even fell for it…now I had to actually do it!

I went to Pinterest but it seemed like a lot of the Disney princess cakes were over the top and way too complicated for me, an inexperienced, non-Martha Stewart type of mom. What I needed was an easy castle cake. In the end, I pieced together a bunch of smaller ideas from various cakes and put together my own creation, which didn’t turn out too bad considering it was my first ever cake.

First ever Disney castle cake

Fast forward a few years and that same little girl is turning 8.  What’s more, she wants the same super expensive store-bought castle cake.  It took a little more convincing this time but she finally agreed to let me bake another castle cake for her.

If I can do this, so can you and even if you’re a non-Martha Stewart mom, all you have to do is follow this easy castle cake tutorial. You’ve totally got this!

While it’s fairly easy to make, this cake does take a bit of time to put together so I recommend putting it together over a couple days. The ice cream cone towers can be prepped a day or two before you begin the rest of the cake.

How To Make A Castle Cake

To start, you’ll need 9 regular ice cream cones and 5 sugar cones.  Frost the regular cones but leave the bottom unfrosted for now.  Then frost the sugar cones and sprinkle on whatever décor you’d like to use…we chose pink sprinkles.  Store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to assemble the cake.

(Remember you need 9 regular cones and 5 sugar cones.  Ignore the count in the pictures…I decided to add the extra tower in the middle after I took these)

Bake your cakes the day before the party since building a castle takes some time.  Using boxed cake mixes, I baked four in all…two 8″ rounds and two 9×13 rectangular.   I used white frosting but of course you can use whatever color you want to add your own special touch.  My thought was that the accents would stand out more against the white frosting.

Before you put your cakes together, you’ll need to level them.  I highly recommend an inexpensive cake leveler just because it’s so much easier than a knife.  Don’t worry if the corners are a little uneven because you’ll be cutting them off to add the towers anyway.

You'll want to level your cakes before you start putting the castle cake together.

Place one 9×13 cake, leveled side down, on whatever platter you plan to use.  If you don’t have a platter big enough, you can do what I did and use  a cardboard cake board.  Frost the top of the cake and place the second 9×13 cake on top of it, leveled side down again.   Now you can frost the entire cake.

Frost the bottom layer of the castle cake

Once you’ve leveled the round cakes, you’re ready to put them all together.  You may want to use a cardboard round (it makes serving much easier) but you don’t have to.  If you do have one, put it in the middle of the large cake.  Place the first round cake in the center, leveled side down and then frost the top.  Add the second round cake on top of it, also leveled side down.  Now you are ready to frost.  Don’t worry if it’s not perfect because you can always go back later and add more icing. Adding icing pretty much fixes any mistake.

Now it’s time to add the towers.  Start by cutting off a small part of each corner (these pieces make a good little snack!).  Since the bottom of the cone is wider, you’ll want to cut a little deeper into the bottom of the cake.  Push the tower into the cake.  You may have to experiment a little to get it just right.  If you have a small gap, don’t worry about it. You can use icing to fill it in…it helps keep the tower better attached anyway.

Ice the flat top of the cone, place another one on top and smooth out the sides where the icing oozes out.  Now ice the inside of the top cone and place the sugar cone upside down inside it.

Cut a hole in the top of the round cake to hold your last tower.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t cut it to exact size…this is another instance where you can just fill in the gaps with icing.  Don’t forget to ice the inside of the regular cone to hold the sugar cone in place.  I cut my hole towards the back of the cake so I’d have room for a Happy Birthday message but you can also put it in the middle…whatever works best for your own design.

Now it’s time to decorate your castle!  Use pink icing to trim the cake.  The towers needed some marshmallows and yellow fondant was perfect for making the windows and a door.  After making vines with icing, I added candy flowers. Finally, I added some extra pink blossoms because a princess castle can never have too many flowers, right?

I took shredded coconut and mixed it with green food coloring to make it look like grass.  Now it was time to show the princesses to their new home.  They look pretty happy, don’t you think?

Once you finish this easy castle cake, it's time to add some Disney princesses

Though it might take a little time, this is an easy castle cake that anybody can make. Seriously, if I can do it, so can you!

This easy castle cake is perfect for a Disney Princess birthday

My picky eight year old was very happy with the way it turned out. She even told me that it was BETTER than the grocery store cake she’d originally wanted!

Ashling loved her Disney princess cake and all her friends were impressed too!

I’ve since created the ultimate Rapunzel cake for my youngest!  Which birthday cake do you like best?

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This is SO cute. I’m pinning it. I don’t have girls, but who cares. I’ll make it for myself one day!

This is SO CUTE! I know a couple little girls who would completely fall in love with this! And I completely agree – icing does fix everything 🙂 Thanks for sharing with the Wednesday Showcase!

And she got to keep all the cool princesses — she will remember this beautiful cake her whole life!

This is SO awesome! My girls would pass out from excitement at the sight of this. 🙂 Great job!

What a cool cake. Your daughter must have had a fantastic birthday.

I imagine if I made this cake my daughter would never forget it! So cool! Pinned.

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Really beautiful cake – Love it 🙂

Oh my gosh, so funny and so fabulous! Love the cake, it turned out gorgeously. I hope she had an amazing birthday!

That is one fancy cake, perfect for a 4 year old! I know my daughter thinks everything I make is extra special (she’s 4 too). I am taking advantage of that for as long as I can because I know when she gets older she will think everything I make is awful just because I made it 🙂

This is such a cute idea!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

I just love this cake!! What an amazing piece of art! Thank you so much for sharing at my craft party on Thursday! Hope to see your newest posts this week, which starts at 7pm EST.

Hi Lisa. How lovely to have you join us at Thriving on Thursdays. My daughter, who just turned 11 this week, would’ve loved this cake a couple years ago. She was very much into princesses and castles. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m featuring this at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you again!

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I have two granddaughters that, of course, love the Disney princesses. They would be thrilled with this cake!

This is AWESOME! Love it! Tweeted and am going to pin so I can remember how to do this as a castle for my sons bday this summer with dragon figures and knights. 🙂 Then make another one for my daughters bday the next month! COOL!

Thank you for this delicious recipe on #RecipeSharingParty share ! I hope to see you next week . Pinned and Yummed . Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Do not forget your link # Be ‘ s seen on a comment , so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance !

Lisa, this cake is so wonderful! Any little girl would be delighted and more ♥♥♥
Sinea ♥

My 5 year old just asked for this for her 6th birthday! Thanks for a great idea!!

This looks fantastic. Love the little ideas of the cones. Great tip x

It is adorable! Nice work!!

How much did all of that end up costing you once you were done. My niece is turning 2 and everyone is on a strict budget, but we want to do something special for our little princess of the family.

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