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how can i make the pillars on a castle shapped cake. am planning to make my own wedding cake and i need someone to help me
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how can i make the pillars on a castle shapped cake. am planning to make my own wedding cake and i need someone to help me


Ok, this is one i made at the end of last year. I made the pillars with fondant mixed with gum trag (gum tex will do too), i just rolled the fondant out and covered some paper towel roll centers in plastic food wrap, then i wrapped the fondant over it, and let it dry for a couple of days. You have to make sure that you cut the edge of where your base is going to be really straight. Hope this makes sense. Let me know if you need any other pointers. Im not sure what type of castle you're making, in reality this cake is a chapel, but the towers are made the same way for both cakes i've attached.
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Nati,
I like how you post pictures with your explanations. You would make a fine teacher!

stillalive,
Welcome to cake central. Your user name intrigues me. Is there a story behind that?

kos
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Originally Posted by stillalive

how can i make the pillars on a castle shapped cake. am planning to make my own wedding cake and i need someone to help me


I also forgot to say, that the turrets, the pointy bits on the top of each pillar were made with gumpaste, as they need to be rolled out a lot thinner than the pillars. I made the shape in cardboard, and then cut the shape in paste, and put it over my cardboard shape covered in plastic again, until it dried. I could have done them one by one, but i just made the whole lot in cardboard first and covered them all in gumpaste, and then let them dry for a couple of days. You can then stick them to your pillars with royal icing or a small piece of softened fondant.
And your cardboard shapes can be used again next time you make a castle.

Nati
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Hi,
The first castle cake I ever did was with paper towel roll towers. I covered them in fondant. They were so heavy. The next castle cakes I did I actually bought some PVC pipe and cut it to the sizes I wanted. Then frosted them in a thin coat of buttercream and piped on the "stones" one by one. Took forever but I liked the look a lot better. Again, they are very heavy so be sure to use really good cake boards. I used plywood for the base board and double thick cardboard cake boards for each layer of the castle.
Good luck!
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If you are really new and want it to look professional perhaps you could try one of these forms:

http://www.thebakerskitchen.com/WEDDING_SHOPPE/Castles/castles.htm

You don't really want it to look juvenile for your wedding, with paper towel tubes, etc. These pre-made forms really aren't all that expensive. If you had a bakery make you a castle cake it would probably contain one of these forms!
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Of course, you would still need to decorate it and that would involve either fondant of gumpaste as others have already mentioned!
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Originally Posted by tastycakes

If you are really new and want it to look professional perhaps you could try one of these forms:

http://www.thebakerskitchen.com/WEDDING_SHOPPE/Castles/castles.htm

You don't really want it to look juvenile for your wedding, with paper towel tubes, etc. These pre-made forms really aren't all that expensive. If you had a bakery make you a castle cake it would probably contain one of these forms!


tastycakes,
are you saying that my chapel cake looks juvenile because i used paper towel tubes??
thanks a lot!!
The tubes were removed once the shape was obtained.
Nati
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Those are beaut cakes Nati!
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Nati!!!! I'm so sorry if you were offended by my comment, I in no way intended to insult your cakes (however, the one with the princess looks as if it were made for a child?) I only meant that in GENERAL, castle cakes made by people without inexperience tend to look so, and if she wants it to look elegant and professional perhaps a kit would be helpful and save her some time as she's planning her weddig at the same time! She asked for help, please don't make this about you!

Sometimes it's so hard just to make a comment on this computer without offending someone. I was adressing Nati and trying to make her life easier, no commenting on you at all. Besides, the one with the staircase looks so pristine that I would've thought that it was a kit if you didn't say differently. Great job.

We have a bakery in town that charges upwards of $10 a slice and she uses styrofoam castles! That's all that I meant! For heaven's sake!
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