Princess Castle Cake and a giveaway


I was recently selected among an exclusive group of bloggers to help spread the word about all the exciting birthday party planning ideas on Betty Crocker´s website, www.BettyCrocker.com.  I was given the opportunity to throw an awesome birthday party for my daughter, Betty Crocker style.  I was given VIP coupons for Betty Crocker Cakes and Frosting, a $100 debit card to purchase party decorations, place settings or other groceries I needed for the party, and a flip video camera to take videos of the party courtesy of Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark.

Of course my daughter wanted a princess party and it had to be pink.  So we went to the Betty Crocker website and found the perfect cake, a pink princess castle.  The next task was to get stuff for the cake and party supplies.  We went for white cake which went well with the pink frosting.  I did choose to make my own frosting  for the cake instead of using the frosting in the tubs.  I am not a fan of the taste of the frosting in the tubs.  Then we found the perfect princess plates and napkins along with a banner, princess tiaras, and balloon.  I also found some small princess figurines to place around the princess castle.

Not only does the Betty Crocker website have all kinds of ideas for birthday cakes, but they have food, games, and activities to go along with each theme.  Party planning couldn’t be any easier.  I must admit, I always get frustrated when decorating birthday cakes.  This time wasn’t different, but the tips from Betty Crocker definitely help relieve some of my frustration.  The problem is I am too much of a perfectionist and expect my cake to look magazine perfect.  The cake still turned out great, but I still feel it was not good enough.  There were also additional tips that I discovered while making the cake that were helpful.  When putting my cake layers together, the top was still wobbly.  With all the episodes of cake decorating I have seen on the food network, I quickly grabbed a bamboo skewer and inserted it down the center of the cake.  This solved the wobbly problem.

I have listed the instructions for the cake below with my changes.  I also recommend watching the video clip on making the cake on the Betty Crocker website.  I am a visual learner and enjoyed watching the clip and used more of what I saw on the clip than the written instructions to make the cake.  I also included pictures of the party along with video that I took using the flip camera provided by Betty Crocker and MyBlogSpark.  My hubby edited the video and added the text and music.  Thanks honey!

I have a giveaway to pass along to one lucky reader. The winner will get a prize pack that includes VIP coupons and the baking tools they would need to recreate the cake I made for the party. To enter, just go to the Betty Crocker website and pick which birthday cake you would like to make.  Then tell me which cake you chose in the comment portion of this post. You have until Tuesday January 12 at midnight (MST) to enter.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday January 13.

Princess Castle Cake

  • 2 boxes Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix (I used white cake)
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix boxes
  • 3 containers (12 oz each) Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting (I used this recipe 4 times to get enough frosting)
  • Red food color
  • Tray or cardboard (18×18 inches), covered with paper or foil (I just used a glass platter)
  • 5 ice cream cones with pointed ends
  • 1 flat-bottom ice cream cone (I didn’t use this)
  • Pink decorating sugar(Found with the sprinkles)
  • 5 candy stars(I did find this, i just used other candy)
  • 28 sugar cubes
  • 4 pink gum balls (I used purple)
  • 5 pink sugar wafer cookies
  • 1 tube (4.25 oz) Betty Crocker® white decorating icing (I just left a small amount of my homemade frosting aside to use before adding the red food coloring)
  • (I also used a bamboo skewer)

1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottoms and sides of 4 (8-inch) square pans with shortening or cooking spray. Make 1 cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Divide batter between 2 pans. Bake 2 pans at a time, following times on cake mix box for 8-inch round pans. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining cake mix.  Then freeze the cakes for 30-60 minutes.

2. Spoon frosting into large bowl. Stir in enough food color until desired pink color.

3. Using serrated knife, cut off domed top from each cake so they will be flat when stacked. On tray, place 1 cake, cut side down; spread 1/3 cup frosting over top. Add second cake, cut side down; spread top with 1/3 cup frosting. Add third cake, cut side down; do not frost.

4. Cut fourth cake into quarters. Spread small amount of frosting on bottom of 1 quarter; place frosted side down on top of stacked cakes. Spread top of stacked cake quarter with 1 tablespoon frosting. Place second quarter on top of first quarter; spread top with 1 tablespoon frosting. Add third quarter; do not frost. Cut fourth quarter into quarters to create four 2-inch squares. Spread a small dollop of frosting on the top center of the second tier of cakes. Place one 2-inch piece on the center; spread top with frosting. Top with one more 2-inch piece. (Discard remaining 2 pieces.) Insert skewer down center of cake for stability of layers leaving a small amount poking out of the cake.  This will eventually be covered by a ice cream cone.

5. To “crumb-coat” cake, spread thin layer of frosting over layered cake to seal in crumbs. Freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes.

6. Frost cake with remaining frosting. Place 1 pointed-end cone on upside-down flat-bottom cone for center steeple. Frost stacked cones with pink frosting; roll in pink sugar. Place the stacked cones upside down on the top cake layer. Frost remaining 4 pointed-end cones with frosting; roll in pink sugar. Place 1 upside-down cone on each corner of the first cake layer. Top each cone with a candy star.

7. Place sugar cubes around edges of the first and second layers. Top each of the 4 corner sugar cubes with a gum ball. Attach 2 cookies on one side of first layer to create doors. Cut 2 additional cookies to desired size for windows; place each cookie on opposite sides of doors. Cut remaining cookie in half; place 1 half in center of second layer to create accent window. Pipe on window panes and doorknobs with white icing.

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111 comments on “Princess Castle Cake and a giveaway

  • Iam a 54 year old grandmother of two. I have power of attorney and taking care of them . 1girl and her name is syraiah 1 boy and his name is shawn. My granddaughter is in love with anything that has to do with any princesses and her favorite color is pink.so i want to enter the pink castle giveaway. Syraiahs birthday is december 15 and shawns birthday is january 21.

  • I AM SO EXCITED TO MAKE A CAKE!!! I know that when you think of birthday cakes we usually think of children but I want to make the tractor cake for my husband! He farms and he will absolutely LOVE it and be as excited as any child! Thanks for all your great ideas.

  • I own the flip ultra and I love it, however having to constantly charge the little battery’s gets annoying…

  • As always, your post is insightful as well as delightfully written

  • i love the train cake! my twin boys are celebrating their 2nd birthday in early march! what a fun idea….;)

  • The flip flops cake or the purse cake.

  • the dino cake….for sure!

  • I want to attempt the dino cake. My 6 year old grandson is in love with all things dinosaur and wants to be a palentologist(sp?)

  • i think the fire truck cake is awesome!

  • princess cake!! LOVE IT!

  • With 4 girl birthdays this year and one boy I think I would go with the Panda. My oldest has been researching them on her own lately and would dig a cake like that!

  • I would love to do the Flip Flops cake for my daughter. We love wearing flip flops, even in the winter. :)

  • My daughter (who will be 5 in July) would be ALL OVER that princess cake. I’m not sure I’m skilled enough to do it, but I’d like to try!

  • I love the Pirate cake!! I so need to make that for one. So cute.

  • I’d love to make the flip-flop cake!

  • I would love to try the guitar cake. It was so cute!

  • I would love to make the guitar cake for my soon to be nine year old. It was too cute! They do have some really cute ideas on their site.

  • Thank you for the link! I am excited to make the flip-flops birthday cake for my daughter who not only wears her flip-flops all year (yes, and even to prom!) But collects flip-flop dishes and decorations! This will be the perfect cake for her next birthday!!!

  • We are doing the pink castle cake as well. I didn’t really have a choice, as my two older daughters saw it and immediately set up a clamor for it. I’m excited and intimidated all at the same time. I also was interested in making the ducky cake. I bake frequently, but sometimes have trouble with assembling cakes. This looks really do-able!

  • My birthday is actually January 18th so this would be soooooo awesome to win!! I’ll be turning 17=) Now this is such a random pick for me, but I’d ahve to go with the big burger. I always think those cakes look awesome and it’s such a great fake out! It’d be really great to win!!

  • I love the pirate cake. I’m not sure who I’d make it for, but it was just too cute. Thanks for the fun link.

  • What a cute cake! If only I had a girl….I would love to try and make the pirate cake for my boys 3 year old birthday.

  • I have no idea who (or what) I’d make it for, but I love the cute Panda Bear Cake!

  • The pirate cake would be so much fun to make! Thanks for linking to some great ideas :)

    dlogston at gmail dot com

  • I would have to do the princess cake–my daughter is 5, loves pink, and anything girly/princess. It is a pretty cute cake too!

  • Our younger daughter would LOVE the princess cake for her 5th birthday in March!!

  • Great tip. I love Betty Crocker stuff. The robot cake is so cute . My 6 year old Alex flipped over that cake. Love your blog.

  • Yummy! Looks perfect cake recipe for kids. Thanks for sharing this recipe. These photos are nice too.

  • Definitely the barn cake with farm animal cupcakes! So cute and looks like it would be a hit at my nephew’s birthday party!

  • I LOVE the ‘Zoo-rrific’ cupcakes!!! I think that they will be GREAT to make for my daughter’s preschool!! Thank you for posting this! I am always wondering what to do for parties!!

  • Cute party, Love it! and love all the great ideas from Betty Crocker. All the cakes are so so fun but my kids are loving the Rock and Roll guitar to have with a Beetles Rock Band Party!

  • I love the barn cake with the animal cupcakes. I have a son turning 2 next year and I think they would be perfect for him.

  • The animal cupcakes are adorable and my 3 year old would love them for her next birthday!

  • I love the Flip-Flops cake. I would love to make it for my daughters birthday.

  • Your cake turned out great! For my boys, I would love to make them a train cake-a fancy cake seems to work magic with kids.

  • I LOVE the barn cake with farm animal cupcakes. The cake looks simple, but super fun for the kids and decorating for this theme would be so much fun!

  • Love the Flip Flop Cakes!!

  • I love the space shuttle cake! My husband and son’s birthdays are coming up soon and they both love space and science fiction. Would love to do an “out of this world” party!

  • I want to make either the butterfly or the panda bear for my daughters 2nd birthday at the end of the month. The cakes are so cute!

  • Hmm..no kids here for me..but I am in love with the flip flop cake. I am known for my flip flops..and just might have to make this for my birthday…super cute ideas!!

  • Love your site–I’ll be making the train cake in 2 weeks—very cool!!

  • Love the panda cake. also the adult strawberry margarita cake sounds wonderful
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  • Thank you so much for sharing this post I have been stressing what to do for my son’s 5th birthday. I want him to have his first friend party and I wasn’t sure what to do. I would do the Guitar Cake because my kid loves Guitars and singing. It would be perfect for him.

  • I would like to do the mermaid cake. My daughter loves disney princesses and especially little mermaid.

  • Thank you so much for sharing this post I have been stressing what to do for my son’s 5th birthday. I want him to have his first friend party and I wasn’t sure what to do. So thank you so much for sharing. I would do the Guitar Cake because my kid loves Guitars and singing. It would be perfect for him.

  • I would love to make that train cake for my son’s birthday!!! He would love it! I love your princess cake…totally adorable!

  • Definitely the Mermaid Cake! My daughter is the cake baker and designer and she is a Marine Biologist now. She would love this one! I will definitely make it for her.

  • this makes me wish i had a girl! well…my birthday is coming up…
    but for my boys i pick the robot cake. my 6 yr would think im the coolest!

  • Today is my daughter’s 8th birthday! I would use this in March for my son’s 6th birthday. I would make him the train cake. He loves anything that has to do with transportation.

  • The Skate Cake. Who didn’t have a B-day at the roller rink at least once!

  • I’d love to make the Fire Engine cake for my son’s birthday at the end of this month. He loves fire engines, so it would be perfect for him.

  • Our little guy is turning 1 in February. We have called him a Monkey since before he was born. I’m totally making the ‘Zoo-rrific’ cupcakes. I was going to try one of those ‘character’ cake pans by Wilton, after seeing the video though… well it’s so much easier.

  • I loved the barnyard cake with the cute farm animal cupcakes, but I’d have to pick the flip flops cake.
    I actually made these last year for my daughters birthday and got the idea out of a magazine. Mine were similar, but I crushed graham crackers in a sheet pan and then placed the flip flops on top like it was sand.. :) super cute!!

  • I would like to make either the barnyard cake or the butterfly cake for my little girl’s 3rd birthday.

  • Flip Flops!!! My daughter is an August Baby and is turning 5 this year. She still is wearing her flip flops (which are too small) even on the snowiest coldest days!! And we are in Wyoming:) Silly girl!

  • My daughter has a summer birthday so I think the flip flop cake would be a hit.

  • I have a little girl turning 5 in March and would have to do the castle cake also. She’s as girly as can be!

  • I think I would go with the flip flop cakes. I am making a bday cake for a friend’s daughter and this will go with her theme perfectly.

  • I would love to try the pirate cake. My little boy is wanting to have a pirate birthday party this year:)

  • I would love to make the Turtle-icious Birthday Cupcakes for my daughter’s party!

  • cupcakes cones! they’re so awesome and great for little kids.

  • I have to say my favorite would be the inchworm cake and the just bugging cupcake cones, I like the idea because it can be themed for a boy or a girl, very cute. Thanks for the idea going to this website for party resources!

  • Your castle cake is adorable! I made the barn cake and animal cupcakes last year for my daughter’s first birthday. They were a huge hit and super easy! I also chose to make my own icing – I really don’t like canned! I’m thinking I might do the zoo animal cupcakes for her this year…but I’d want a cake too, so I would probably use the monkey cupcake as a guide to create a monkey cake. Too cute!

  • My litlle princess turns 4 on the 31st. Please, please pick us to win :) The prize package would go to very good use…it’s exactly what she has been asking/hoping for. I showed her your castle cake and then we watched the video tutorial on Betty Crocker and she is over the top excited-wants to start her cake today! PINKALICIOUS. (My daughter likes to be called Princess Pinkalicious.)

  • I chose the spiral candle cake. My dd is going to be 5 in March and will be having her first official “invite a bunch of friends over” party. Love your site Laura1

  • I would love to make one of the adult cake ideas! So very cool is the one that is decorated with photos.

  • Since my 16 year of son has the next birthday and he has played guitar hero all afternoon, I am thinking the electric guitar cake would be most appropriate.

  • Ooooh did she really invite me?? I am so flattered. I really love the cake. JT would totally want the robot cake.

  • I really liked the fire engine cake! I just hope it is something I could construct, LOL. What a great giveaway from MyBlogSpark and Betty Crocker.

  • I love the princess castle cake! I have twin nieces that love anything princess related and would absolutely go ga-ga over this!

  • I only have boys and they all love to play pirates…so I would have to choose the pirate cake. It was a hard choice though!

  • I love the pirate cake! My boys would absolutley love it. It might have to be the theme of the next birthday party at our house.

  • How cuke is that inch worm cake!! Love it! Wonder if I could pull off making it stand like that?

  • LOVE the barn with animal cupcakes!!! Too cute! Perfect for my birthday later this month – mom’s can have cute cakes too, can’t they? :D

  • The purse!! That would be PERFECT for dd’s bday next month!!

  • We don’t love cake at our house, but we do love cupcakes! Any of the ice cream cone cupcakes would be a HIT! I love the tutorial for the Surprise Ice Cream cone cupcakes.

  • I love the Big Burger cake… my husband is an avid burger fan and would love that for his birthday!

  • The barn cake with farm animal cupcakes is adorable and would be my daughters favorite since she is obsessed with any barnyard animal! Betty Crocker is amazing and continues to come out with amazing products and ideas! Your daughters cake is adorable! Talk about a little girl’s dream coming true with a castle cake! So, so cute!

  • I would love to make the Sweet Tea Party cake. My girls have been dying to have a tea party with their cousins. Thanks for showing me this site, this would work perfectly.

  • I love the dinosaur cake! So cute!

  • My personal favorites were the barn and the electric guitar, but with 2 girls, the princess castle is the one I would be making :-)!

  • I would choose the Space Shuttle cake. My husband is a pilot in the Air Force and dreams of becoming an astronaut one day!

  • The sweet tea party cake… my daughter is obsessed with tea parties right now!

  • I love the Purse Cake! My oldest is turning 16 next month, it would be fun to add a small decoration of “car keys” laying next to the purse.

  • Ohh so many I iked. Having 5 daughters though–I’d have to try the cell phone, the princess castle and I really loved the Panda Bear Cake. Thanks!

  • I would pick the ONE BIG BIRTHDAY BASH cake! I love that idea of using pictures on the cake as decor. Cute!

  • I would make the little cars cakes. My son turns 2 in March, and he LOVES cars, trucks, anything with wheels. He would love these cakes and they look really simple to make.

  • I loved the “REX THE DINOSAUR CAKE” That would be exactly what my son would want. What fun ideas :)

  • Love the dinosaur cake. My little boy would love it, and it doesn’t even look too hard

  • The pull-apart turtle cupcake cake. My young kids love animals and would love taking the cupcakes that make up the turtle and eating them.

  • Oh my goodness! There are sooo many great ideas! I had no idea Betty Crocker had all these resources! We’re expecting our 4th child at the end of this month, which also happens to be around the same time as my oldest daughters birthday. She’ll be 7. I told her it was going to be too busy to have a party with her friends, but that we would do a special party at home for her. She would absolutely love the ice-cream cone candy surprise cakes! Thanks for giving the promo!

  • My baby will be 1 in March and she would go wild over the panda bear cake!

  • I would love to make the fire engine cake, my husbands birthday is coming up and he is a volunteer firefighter. I made your sticky fingers the other night they were great.

  • I would make the pony cake, not only does my daughter LOVE ponies and this would be a great bday party for her, but it would also be a great cake for a Derby Party during the Kentucky Derby Season!

  • I would love to make the “Building Blocks” cake. They look like Legos and would be so much fun to make!!

  • I know my son would love the big burger cake! It was cute and looked like something I could do!

  • I think that barn cake and the fire truck cake are both pretty cute. My daughter’s birthday is next though – she’d like either the purse or the castle. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • My daughter would love the cell phone cake or the rubber duckie cake!!

  • I would have to choose the pink castle. My little girl would be in princess heaven!

  • So many cute cakes to choose from! I loved the sweet tea party cake. My daughter is a big animal lover as well so we might have to take on some of those really cute cupcakes. Thanks for sharing the website. They have some really great ideas.

  • This would be so perfect for my little one’s first birthday next month! He would love the train cake. It’s so cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Oh my! I want to live at your house! As much as I love to cook – I am a terrible baker. Your cake is amazing! I looked at their site and I want to make the ROBOT CAKE http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes.aspx/robot-cake/0123a837-6a6f-4c14-be95-b1e8c2b5b2a8

  • My 3 year old boy would go crazy over that train cake!

  • I’ve actually made the dinosaur cake when one of my boys turned 5 this past October. It was easy and super cute. He was so excited and couldn’t wait to show his dad when he got home from work. That evening was crazy and I had put the cake in my cake keeper and moved it to the table as I rushed to make dinner. My husband walks in and asks what my youngest son (3) is doing on the table. I turn around and in horror find he has turned the cake keeper upside down and completely destroyed the cake. Good thing I took pictures just after I completed it that afternoon.

  • My son would love the electric guitar cake for is 8th birthday this summer. I can think of a ton of fun ideas for a Rock Star party.
    Tara

  • The train cake for sure. My will be 2 year old son loves “choo-choos.”

  • My daughter is all about the princess stuff too! She would love the castle cake or the mermaid cake! I think the cupcake cakes are cool too!

  • I just love all of the cakes on the betty crocker web site. I think I would have to do either the princess cake all decked out in pink. Myh daughter would have loved your all out pink party. Thanks for the ideas.

  • My soon to be 4 yr old saw the Panda cake and got very excited. I now know what cake I will be making in March.

  • I would love to make the Robot cake for my son Travis. He will be five in June and loves to play robot wars with his dad. It is a game Travis made up. Your daughter’s party looks like it was a grand time, fit for a princess.

    Beth

  • I chose the Pirate cake. I have 3 boys who think they are pirates! Love all your food. You cook like crazy girl. I love that you have a SIMPLIFY sign in your house. That’s our family motto this year!
    Christy

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