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Finished castle cake

The cake was a big hit, both for the decorating (from everyone) and the cake itself (from the kids). I and my s-i-l thought the cake was a little dry and definitely too sweet, but the other moms who tried some more marveled that a low-sugar cake tasted OK at all.

Pictures behind some cuts:

from the front

The drawbridge "planks" are gum, the green things are jellybeans, the larger yellow and pink are hard candies, and the little dots on the crenellations are candy dots. The tall flags are also candles--I only set one of them on fire while lighting the candles... :(

from the top

Pink squares inside are a different kind of gum. The Playmobile figure scaling the walls is there because the party was at a rock-climbing facility, so a climber was needed. The rope is a Twizzler. For those with long memories, last year's party was at the same place, with a rock-climbing themed cake.

closer view

Niece made most of the decisions on candy placement, raiding her sugar-free collection for the candies and gum. I spotted the dots at a store this morning and added those at the last minute. Flags were printed on the computer, glued to the tall candles, and curled around pens overnight to get the waving effect. A little powdered sugar added the "snow", plus helped to show up the details of the castle.

The best part of the party was watching niece deal with the cake. She asked if she could cut it, and after offering advice on how to go about it, I let her take over. And it almost ran like an auction: "who wants half a tower?" "I want the gum!" "Can I have the front?" The gum seemed to be in great demand, to my surprise, but the hottest ticket (so to speak) were the 3 surviving flags. Those were finally handed out by niece doing 3 rounds of eenie-meenie-minie-moe among the 12 (I think) guests. Anyway, she had a great time running the whole show, and the adults all stood back with a smile.

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selenite
Feb. 6th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
No Playmobil knights defending the wall? For shame . . . ;-)
nlbarber
Feb. 6th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Those will be brought out when the nephew has a castle cake for his birthday next October, I'm sure. He's been big into knights and swords and castles for a while, so there's lots of Playmobile accessories to be used.

But I still want a grape trebuchet. Where did you guys get yours? I've found a kit on the Web, but like the looks of yours better.
selenite
Feb. 6th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)
Sorry, gift from the grandparents, so I don't know any details.
nlbarber
Feb. 6th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
August! I mean August! (Bad aunt, no cookie....should not do respond to LJ after the brain has turned off for the evening.)
celticdragonfly
Feb. 7th, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
That's great! I like it in chocolate.
filkferengi
Feb. 13th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
Great cake! I'm glad it went off so well; you're definitely the Cool Aunt. :)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 22nd, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
Laura's B-D castle
What a fabulous job, Nancy! Did you have as much fun as the kids did with
the oohing and aahing? Sure beats the cake we made for her Dec. birthday!!
Myra
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