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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rapunzel Tower Cake

My daughter asked for a Rapunzel Tower Cake for her 7th Birthday and how can one say "no" to my sweet girl?!  So I set about to create her the most amazing cake.  My one concerns were how was this cake going to remain standing?  After a lot of research and visualizing what would be the best way to keep it from falling, I came up with a plan and had my husband construct the cake board on which it was going to stand.
The stone tower and the roof was made
 from rice krispie treats

It took about two days to do the detail work on the cake board and the stone tower with all the little flowers and vines.  I dusted the board after using a piping tube to create the grass.  This gave it more depth.  Underneath the fondant was rice krispie treats to create hills and the stone tower was rice krispie treats wrapped around a large wooden dowel covered with fondant.

Rapunzel Tower Cake.  Chocolate Orange Cake with Chocolate Ganache,
covered with Chocolate buttercream and Fondant.
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair!"
The actual cake took a day to decorate and add details.  The most time consuming part was making and fixing all the tiles on to the roof which was made from rice krispie treats covered in fondant.  The cake was Chocolate Orange Cake (which tastes like Terry's Chocolate Orange, for those of you who know what that is.  It's amazing!)  The filling was chocolate ganache and very yummy!  Rapunzel's hair was actually the hardest thing to do on this cake.  Time was running out and I thought it would very easy to do, but I was so wrong.  Usually on figures the hair is where they come alive since you been looking at them bald for so long and it's really easy and simple to create using a sugar paste gun, but in this case it proved to be a problem because it was so long and kept breaking off.  I wanted it to hang freely, but ended up attaching it to the tower in pieces.  Eventually it all came together.
I love making cookies and had a blast making these.  My favourite is Pascal.  He turned out great.  Rapunzel on the other hand had eye issues!!  No matter what I did they looked big and witch like.  The character herself has very large eyes, but it just didn't seem to work.  If I ever make another Rapunzel cookie I will try another way of doing it.
Oh Dear, poor Rapunzel!
Rapunzel Cookie
Pascal Cookie
The Magical Flower Cookie

Rapunzel's Crown Cookie

Chocolate Mud Cake Pops
Tangled Sweet Table
I had the idea of the how I wanted the sweet table to look and so I made little cookies for the children and cake pops and also filled jars full of sweeties for the children (I'm sure their Mums loved me!)

 I really enjoyed this project, especially to see my daughter's face light up in sheer delight at her cake and decorations.  It was well worth the many hours.  My friend once said "The things we do for our kids leave us half dead with a smile on our hearts!"

Have a "sweet" day!