Thursday, 23 August 2012

The Rapunzel Tower Birthday Cake

Time goes by so quickly.  It's hard to believe it has already been a year since my Daughter's 3rd Birthday.  And now here I am planning her 4th.  That cake will have to wait another week to be revealed. Her party is September 1st. But as I've been thinking about how to put this project together I thought I would share with you last years cake.  A Rapunzel Tower Birthday Cake.

The inspiration for this cake was easy.  Here's a photo of Ayla just a few weeks before her birthday.  It had to be Rapunzel.

"Mom, look at my long lovely hair"

We have watched that film more times than I can count and the first thing I was drawn to was the beautiful tower.  To make this cake I had to have a stand that would support the structure yet be somewhat invisible.  I had my husband make one for me.  The bottom was a 14in round board and the top was a 10in round board connected by a long wooden pole which he used nails and glue to hold together to ensure it was all stable and secure.  Please forgive my lack of pictures but at the time I hadn't started blogging and never took photos of projects as I was working on them.  But below is an image of what the stand should look like.  
Once you have your stand the rest if realtively easy.  I used a 10in Round Cake for the House part of the tower.  I cut out a small square for the window.  I used Rice Krispie Treats tinted a stone colour with a little food colouring and built them up around the centre of the stand to make up the tower.  I also used Rice Krispie Treats to form the roof of the House.  I used green fondant to cover the board for the base of the tower and white fondant to make up the partial plastering effect on the walls of the tower and piped buttercream vines and flowers trailing up the tower.  For the House I decided to ice and decorate in buttercream and only used fondant to make up the roof tiles and decorations.

The biggest challenge for me came when it was time to make Rapunzel.  I just don't like making fondant models and I really wanted it to look like Rapunzel. My solution was to print out a picture of Rapunzel and to press it into a piece of fondant molded to look like her hair.  I rolled the long piece of fondant (hair) around a piece of craft wire to give it support so it would not break off from the weight.

And here it is.  Ayla's 3rd Birthday Cake.

The Birthday Girl

Getting Ready to Blow out the Candle

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