Nora found a photo of this cake 9 months ago and declared it WOULD be her birthday cake. I have had it taped to the inside door of a cupboard since then to make sure not to lose it. She stood firm on her princess themed party, though it changed from a princess tea party to a princess pool party in the last stages of planning. So after 8+ years of being a mommy to girls and escaping all things princessy I had to step up to the plate and create a pink, sparkly castle cake. And I have to admit that it wasn't that bad:-)
I think the best part about the cake was the pink "glittery" turrets. I found the pink cake cones and then regual sugar cones. To get the needed sparkle factor I warmed karo syrp and brushed it onto the sugar cones and then rolled them in pink sugar. I used a coarser decorating sugar and colored it with powdered "cherry pink" food coloring.
Then I baked 3 circle cakes of large, medium and small sizes.
I then stacked and frosted the cakes.
Then to add the the final touches I added the towers and an assortment of candy. My only disappointment was I had gotten bubble gum tape to edge each layer. But I didn't pay attention to my frosting coloring and the 2 pinks were so similar that there was no contrast betweent the two and I couldn't even tell the tape was there so I removed it.