Sand Castle Cake Tutorial
Step 1: Cut paper towel cardboard tubes to desired length
Step 2:Cover tubes in gumpaste. Using a ball tool press into the gumpaste for the window
Step 3: Measure around your covered tube. Roll and cut out a piece of gumpaste specific to your measurements. This is going to be the top portion of you castle turret. Once you have your desired gumpaste piece you can use a cutter like this one above to cut out the top of your turret. If you dont have a cutter like this one use a basic square cutter and cut out little spaced squares to make this pattern. Now attach your gumpaste piece to your tube with a little it of water.
Step 4: Once you've attached your piece flip it upside down letting the inside lip rest on some type of support. Mine just so happen to be the perfect size for a spice bottle.Let dry for about 1hr.
Step 5: Now crush up a 1 to 1 ratio of animal crackers and vanilla wafers. Dump the crushed cookies into a pan. Moisten your turret lightly with water and roll it in the crushed cookies. Once coated set aside to dry and start working on your next turret. By the time you are finished with your 4th turret the 1st one should be dry and start this process again. Do this step 3 times. coating 3 times ensures a nice even coat of cookies. Side note: After the 1st round they will look a little lumpy in some spots this is okay because by the 3rd time everything evens out.
This is what they will look like by your 3rd coat.
Step 6: Butter cream your square cake and cut a small piece of each corner off. This allows the turrets to snugly rest against the cake. Since the turrets are not going to be eaten I just hot glued them down to the cake board.
Step 7: Now that your turrets are in place. Measure the top lip of you butter cream cake. Cut out a strip of fondant to that measurement. Using the same technique from step 3 cut out the square pattern on the top of the fondant strip. Attach this strip to the top of your cake with a little bit of water. Do this all the way around your cake.
Step 8: For the door all I did was use 2 square cutters. Cut out a large square piece of fondant then take a slightly smaller square cutter and cut out the center of the larger square. Attach the square with a little bit of water.
Step 9:To add the crushed cookies to the cake all I did was moisten the fondant pieces and start lighly pressing the cookie into the cake. To help this along I would press the cookies into the cake with a fondant smoother.
You might have to pipe extra butter cream into the turret corner to fill in any gaps then add the cookies.
I added white chocolate shells to this cake. I used a shell chocolate mold and filled it with white chocolate put in the icebox for a few minute to harden then added them to the cake.
There you go!
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