Step 1: Materials Needed
9" L X 9" W X 2" D Pan (I used two but you can easily use one over and over again)
2 Chocolate cake mixes (brand of your choice)
4 containers of chocolate frosting (brand of your choice)
2 packages of chocolate sandwich cookies
3 Containers of Milk Chocolate Rock candy
1 King size Kit-Kat
Black food coloring
1 Bag of Andes Mints
1 Package cake mate (4 small frosting tubes classic colors)
Step 2: Time to Bake
For my cake, I split one boxed cake mix between two pans. After baking I realized it needed to be taller, so I ran out bought another cake mix and baked the whole thing in one pan.
Tip: In retrospect I should have used a whole cake mix in each pan not splitting it out. In good news, my error will be your win! :)
Step 3: Chill Out Cake!
Note: Here you see the cakes I split the batter between. You will notice they are pretty small, so again I'd suggest using a whole mix in one pan.
Step 4: Building Blocks
Find something to put your cakes on. I had a subway party tray that I saved and used it. Anything will work as long as you can turn the cake around as you decorate.
Take the frosting and use it as a mortar between the layers of cake. Stack the cakes like building blocks one on top of the other, then frost completely over the stack cakes.
Note: I started out with the two, when I realize it just wasn't tall enough I baked the other cake. You will notice, my top is larger than my bottom. This is due to the fact that I split the first mix in two. So, my advise to you is bake the cakes, and if one is smaller than on other clearly put the larger cake on the bottom.
Step 5: Cookie Tower Time
Step 6: Adding Details
Step 7: If You Build It.....
Step 8: "Dark" Chocolate
Step 9: Lower the Bridge!
Note: I wasn't thinking, I was just so excited to make this chocolate castle! I would suggest putting the black frosting on first before the rocks.
Step 10: Details
Step 11: Tips and Tricks
So Tips for Improvement:
Two cakes using two cake mixes. This will save you time, frosting, and headache.
Put on the dark black frosting before putting on the rock candy.
Can't find rock candy? Don't' fret. I found that the Hershey cookie and cream dots also looked rock like. You can use the back side so you don't have the word Hershey all over your cake. They are not perfectly round so you will still get a stone like feel.
Not a mint fan? No worries! You can use bit sized candy bars instead.
Can't stand sandwich cookies? No problem! Make rice crispy treats and roll them into cylinders and frost.
Can't stomach so much chocolate. Don't' sweat it, use a different cake and frosting.
Feel free to ask questions, I'll be happy to answer them. If you make a Cake Kingdom I'd love to see it please post a pic!