Thursday, 12 March 2015

Castle Birthday Cake + Other Party Food!

I have to be careful what I pin on Pinterest these days because Sylvia now knows how to find and scroll through my "kid's stuff" board. She selects whatever takes her fancy and "orders" it (her terminology). Luckily, the castle birthday cake she chose from there for her 5th birthday was within my capabilities!


This cake took a while to make and decorate, but it was not difficult. It was a lot of fun and definitely worth it. Sylvia and I did the cake decoration together. It was simple enough that she could do a lot of it herself and she loved it. Sylvia was very happy with the result. She told me that it looked even better than the picture we copied it from. In my sleep-deprived pre-party delirious state, I almost burst into tears of relief and joy! My only goal was that she love it.

I copied the cake from this picture. I made three square tins of vanilla cake (same cake I made for the Easy Car Cake) and two round chocolate cakes (recipe from the Oh She Glows Cookbook).


For the bottom, I placed two of the square vanilla cakes on top of one another and cut the other square vanilla in half and placed the halves on top of each other to make a rectangle base (I didn't have appropriate rectangular trays, but obviously this would be easier!). Then the two round chocolate cakes went on top sandwiched together. The filling between the vanilla cakes was vanilla pastry cream (same I as I used for my trifle) and the filling for the chocolate cakes was chocolate pastry cream (just 2 tablespoons of cocoa added to a batch of vanilla pastry cream). These fillings were brilliant! All of the cake was then covered with a lot of vanilla buttercream icing with a bit of red colouring in it to make pink.

Pre-decoration - note Sylvia in the background!
For the decoration, we used Oreos, lollypops (instead of the marshmallows in the original photo), ice cream cones, ice cream wafers and lifesavers for the drawbridge put onto skewers.
 

Here is some of the other food we had, all selected by Sylvia!

Sandwich snake
 
Fairy bread spirals
 
Choc chip pikelets with chocolate spread
The fairy bread spirals and sandwich snake are ideas from a Woolworths magazine. We also had jelly shots (I managed to find vegan jelly!) but I forgot to take a photo.

Here is some of the other food geared more towards the adults. Not pictured are the usual and unbeatable sausage rolls, my mum's amazing vine leaves and fruit.

Banana muffins
Spinach dip


9 comments:

  1. I had that cake for my 5th birthday!!!! Or at least a very similar one - mine was from the Women's Weekly children's birthday cake book (and wasn't vegan) :) You did an amazing job with it, and the rest of the food looks great too. Happy birthday to Sylvia.

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    1. Really?! It must be a 5 year old thing! Thanks so much Kari :)

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  2. Happy birthday to sylvia - funny that both our sylvias had castle cakes this year - mine is yet to be posted but you can see a bit in the latest post on the party. I actually looked at the picture that you used and really liked it but ended up using another recipe. Yours looks great - I love the lifesavers on the drawbridge and I really need to try the snake and the spirals. All the food sounds delicious. Hope you managed to enjoy the party in your sleep deprived state!

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    1. Thanks so much Johanna! It's so funny that our Sylvias had the same cake :) I have the feeling they would get along very well if they ever met, it seems that they have much in common! Your Sylvia's party food and games look amazing - thanks for all of the ideas :)

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  3. Oh wow, that cake looks brilliant! I love the Oreo towers.

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! It was a lot of fun :)

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  4. I love that cake! And the fairy bread swirls! I would have been delighted to have seen such a spread for my birthday if I was a kid. I like the look of the spinach dip too - what's in that? (I mean apart from spinach!)

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    1. Thanks so much, Joey! The spinach dip has cashews, silken tofu, nutritional yeast, onion, garlic, chopped water chestnuts... think that's it :)

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  5. Amazing post! I just love this birthday cake! Vanilla and chocolate cakes have always been my favorite. You really did amazing job. I am new to Chicago and searching for some great venues in Chicago for my anniversary. Will try to get one of these cakes done for our anniversary.

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