WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Two packaged cake mixes
• Four 16 oz. Containers of “pink” ready-made frosting
• One “board” for displaying the cake
• 2 / 9”X13” cake pans
• 8 – regular flat-bottom ice cream cones
• 4 – sugar cones
• 1 pound of Almond (gold) Hershey’s Kisses™
• 6 – pink sugar wafers
• 2 – 6” pieces of string licorice
• 1 container of gold edible candy balls
• optional – edible iridescent glitter to sprinkle over the entire cake
Prepare and bake two 9” X 13” cakes according to directions on the package. Allow cakes to cool for 10-15 minutes. Trim the tops of the cakes while they are still in the pans so that they will be level when inverted on the cake board. Place cakes on wire rack until completely cooled. Place one cake in the center of the cake board. Use frosting, strawberry jam, or Cool Whip™ as the filling between the two layers of cake. Place the second cake on top of the first cake. Frost the entire rectangular cake with pink frosting.
Frost 8 regular ice cream cones with pink frosting, and connect four sets of two by the base of the cones. The bottom cone will be turned upside down, and the top cone will be right side up. After frosting the cones, place one set at each corner of the cake – instant turrets! Frost 4 sugar cones with pink frosting, and liberally sprinkle with gold edible balls. Add the “spires” to the top of each turret. Place three pink sugar wafers in the front of the castle as the castle door (simply press gently into the frosting). Place three additional wafers at the base of the “door”. Attach licorice strings from the top of the door wafers, to the edge of the wafers on the cake board, and the “drawbridge” is complete. Outline the top of the cake and the bottom edge of the castle with golden kisses. Golden candles complete the cake!
If you are serving more people than can be accommodated by 2 boxed mixes (24-28 people), we recommend that you simply bake extra cupcakes, or an extra rectangular cake. All can just be frosted simply in matching pink frosting, and cut and served behind the scenes.
• Serve dainty finger sandwiches, strawberries dipped in chocolate, and mini cutout sugar cookies.
• Use our purple, gold or iridescent shimmer stars to label food dishes. Come up with creative names related to the theme. Label diamond shaped J-ello™ Jigglers as the “Crown Jewels”; a pink punch as “Palace Potion”; mini sandwiches as “Princess Puffs”; hot dogs as “Dragon Dogs” (serve with the new green ketchup!), etc.
• Serve food on gold or silver platters. If you are using plastic metallic trays, glue a few faux jewels to the outside edge.
• Garnish food with edible loose-leaf gold, and add a sprinkling of tiny edible gold balls to each child’s serving of ice cream.
• Serve dry snacks (chips, pretzels, Cheese Puffs) in crowns turned upside down.
• As the excitement is so high at most children’s birthday parties, most children under the age of 10 or 11 will eat very little, and the waste can be disheartening. Schedule your party during a time when parents will not expect that their children will eat a meal…and serve only cake, ice cream, and a few other dainty munchies.