Delightful details turn an Enchanted Castle Pan cake into a ?life?s a beach? birthday treat. Add a bright-hued plastic shovel and use Alphabet/Numerals Icing Decorations to personalize the sandy brown-sugar surface.
Prepare Icing We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.
Make 4 1/4 cups buttercream icing.
Tint 1/4 cup blue, thin with 3/4 teaspoons light corn syrup
Reserve 4 cups white, thin with 4 Tablespoons light corn syrup
Decorate in Order
1. Ice side of upper left side turret smooth with thinned blue icing.
2. Ice cake section by section with thinned white icing and pat with brown sugar.
3. Attach icing decoration message with icing.
4. Cut paper flags and tape to lollipop sticks; insert into cake.
5. Position toy shovel.
Baking Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.
Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).
Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.
Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.
Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.
To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.
To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.
We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.
Rated 5 out of
Sarah Gregg from
I too use the ground graham crackers. There is enough sugar in the cake and frosting without adding brown sugar to it and it looks just as good. I love the cake and I think it's adorable.
Date published: 2011-07-26
Rated 4 out of
Like Krad, I also do crushed graham crackers with sugar. It's so easy to put your graham crackers into a food processor and then mix with regular white sugar to create the depth of different tones in the sand. Honestly, I think it looks like more like sand and the taste is much better than pure sugar. Just doing brown sugar, will often clump and look like soggy sand.
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of
I have made this as shown but also used it before Wilton brought out the castle with pillars and turrets for a Harry Potter themed cake. It turned out really great because I had it standing up with other cakes stacked behind for support.