This was probably the most stressful cake that I’ve ever made. It started off really well. I made the marshmallow fondant & sugar paste earlier in the day. So that was all ready. Then by 6 pm I started to bake the cake for the bottom layer. I made a Chocolate Mud Cake and it turned out beautiful. THEN it started to go downhill from there!! This was what happened…..
8 pm – Bake the cake #1 for the top layer. It was a SIMPLE butter cake which I’ve baked before. After 15 mins, I looked at my oven & realized that my cake was overflowing & almost spilling onto the bottom of my oven. So I slided in a cake tray to catch the dripping. My first thought was maybe I overfilled the batter, so that’s why it overflowed. Since it overflowed, the cake ended up with a sinkhole. OK, no problem. I’ll just bake another one.
10 pm – Trial #2. I filled the cake pan with only half the batter before baking it. I checked it a few times through the oven glass door. It was looking fine at first.. THEN the center of the cake started to sink & became a sinkhole!!! I was really feeling stressed out at that moment but the cake still had to be baked, so no time to panic yet.
12 am – Trial #3. I was trying to figure out the problem and I thought it might be the eggs that was the problem. I was using the extra large eggs and that might be a little too much egg, thus causing it to rise too much. So I made another cake with large eggs instead. As usual, it started off well and then it happened AGAIN!!! Another sinkhole in the middle of the cake!! Then I started to panic. I was supposed to be using the time to make all my sugar paste decorations, instead I am wasting time trying to get the cake right. I decided to call it quits and try again the next day.
Next day 7 am – Trial #4. Another cake went into the oven and guess what, tragedy struck again!!! Till now I still have no idea why the cake did not turn out. Previous attempt was successful, so I did not know what was causing the problem. I was not going to try the same recipe again and I was running out of time. The party was at 2 pm and there were still a lot of other things to be done. So I either had to just totally leave out the top layer or go to plan B which was to use a box mix. Luckily I had one in the pantry.
9 am – Trial #5. That cake did finally turned out nice but since it was from a box mix, the cake was also soft. Soft cake does not work very well with fondant but I didn’t have any choice. It was either that cake or a one layer castle.
This was what I ended up with . . . . . . . a pink & purple princess castle cake. Besides the Princess figurines which were inedible figurines and candles, everything else was edible. The towers were made from rice crispies covered in marshmallow fondant, topped with ice-cream cones covered with purple marshmallow fondant then sprinkled with purple sugar.
There were a lot of decorations that I had planned but didn’t materialize due to the time spent on the cake. I also had to cover the top layer with lots of flowers because as predicted, the top layer started sinking under the weight of the fondant. See how Snow White is a litte lopsided!!! 🙁 So if you ever want to cover a cake with fondant, make sure that it is a sturdier cake like a butter cake or pound cake.
In spite of all the disasters, the important thing was that the birthday girl and her friends loved the cake and that was what matters in the end. They even ate the towers!! : )