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post #1 of 29
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icon_mad.gif My daughter who turns 4 tomorrow insisted on having the wilton castle cake for her birthday...she saw the picture of and and said "he has to be exactly like that exactly" Well it was more like "exactyee"!
Well what a 'royal' pain in the behind this cake is to decorate! And know I am am supper annoyed because the towers are falling! I did it just like they said!
Why oh why couldn't they have some plastc piece exteding out of the bottom of the towers to put in the cake like the windows? Why oh why do you have to attach dowels?
Ok there is my mini-rant!! Has anyone else had better luck with this kit! I find it not very user-friendly (or maybe it's just this user!?) Oh yeah and decorating the turrets was a pain! There is nothing to hold onto! Sooooo you get a blank space where your fingers were!!
I just hopt it holds up on the way to the party!


Ahhhhh fell better now!
Ashley
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post #2 of 29
sorry you are having such problems. I bought the castle kit too but now my daughter wants a scooby doo party. There go my dreams for a girly girl.
post #3 of 29
HI,
I have the kit as well, and I haven't used it yet, but I haven't heard anything great about it, which sucks because the last thing you want to happen is the cake towers falling over.. or whatever else could happen.
I think if I knew that before hand, I wouldn't have bought it.
so I am no help. but good luck!
post #4 of 29
I feel for you...I bought the kit, I followed the directions and it was also a total disaster!! the cake was so bad that I never brought it to CC icon_sad.gif....mine ended up looking like a church instead of a castle since I could not put all the towers.
However, I've seen gorgeous castles (here) that were done with the same kit...so, I asssumed that I needed more experience to work with the kit....I don't know, but I've never try to do another castle again. icon_sad.gif
Good luck...maybe some of the experts can help you here.
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post #5 of 29
I also purchased that castle kit from wiltons for my cousins little girls cake. I really didn't have much trouble with it (I made it simple) until it was time to deliver it. I drove 10 MIH all the way to the place and the towers still fell over. I dropped off the cake and rushed back home to get my repair kit. I was able to fix it...but I was very close to having my first cake disaster. So I would definitely recommend attaching the towers after you already have the cake on the cake table. You can look in my photos to see it.
post #6 of 29
I made the castle cake for a friends daughters 2nd bday party. I melted white chocolate and put it on the bottom of the towers and it dried like crazy glue then it went much better. It even delivered to her house without a problem. Hope this helpsicon_smile.gif
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post #7 of 29
Great thread! I've never used the castle kit (did the Disney one, but not the Wilton one) so it's very nice for you all to share your experiences before I ever accept an order for one!

Hope some folks who have done it successfully pop in here and share the hints that make it work ok! thumbs_up.gif
post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by angi1972

I made the castle cake for a friends daughters 2nd bday party. I melted white chocolate and put it on the bottom of the towers and it dried like crazy glue then it went much better. It even delivered to her house without a problem. Hope this helpsicon_smile.gif



Her party isn't until one and it's 8:30 here now! I was just thinking of trying white chocolate so I will for sure now. I tried candy melts...no go...I even had my husband caramelize some sugar...no go, so now it's melted chocolate! Wish me luck!
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post #9 of 29
My dh drilled some holes in the bottom of the towers and I inserted skewers to stabilize them. Helped alot. They still sway but are alot more stable when moving the cake. Hth.

Jo-Ann
post #10 of 29
I've never used this, but just a shot in the dark suggestion....melted choc. works great to "stick" things firmly.

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post #11 of 29
the towers really need to be put in place on site, i wouldn't travel with them on, except for the ones that are attached to the board. for the ones that sit on higher levels i drilled a hole into the bottom of the tower so i could slip them over a dowel. use melted chocolate to attche the towers to the board.
post #12 of 29
a better tip - get some cardboard tubing (kitchen roll, innards of wrapping paper). i find it so easy to do, cover them in fondant just with a bit better. i think you still have the same standing up issues, but my way sounds much less stress that wiltons way.
or even use swiss rolls - messy, but tasty!
xx
post #13 of 29
yes paper towel tubes will work too, but you've got to save them for when you have a castle cake to do. i needed 13 towers so it would have taken several months to accumulate that many tubes. The wilton set if you have it works and the towers have battlements at the top and the spires. If you cover them in a 50/50 mix early enough you can actually slide off the mix to remove the plastic inner piece.
post #14 of 29
i was considering getting the wilton kit for a sand castle cake for my daughter's 5th birthday this year. this has just set my mind to not even bother with it. not one for complicated cake items when i have enough things to worry about with a party to plan also. icon_confused.gif
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post #15 of 29
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So I got it to work...well with 4 tower casualties on the way over! Next time I do a castle it won't be with the kit! I ended up using melted chocolate. I brought a thermos to the park of boiling water, a bowl, and chocolate in a piping bag....melted the chocolate there, then put it back together... so I was at least prepared for the casualties! Overall it turned out great and my daughter loved it!
Thanks for all your help! Check out the finished product!

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-photo_1404284.html

Thanks again!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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