Sugar Sand Castle Topper

Learn how to create a sand castle topper along with side walls that can wrap around a tiered cake.

In this tutorial we are going to build a sugar sand castle to be used for a cake topper. Unlike my other castle topper tutorials, this one will be solid, just like a real sand castle. One of the main techniques of this tutorial will be the creation of a sandy texture. This cake topper can be used use with any marine theme wedding or birthday cake. Like most of my tutorials, my aim is to come up with simple methods to create complicated appearing pieces.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Sugar Sand Castle Topper Course Material
This PDF document contains an actual size front view and top view of the castle as well as templates for the walls and guides for the rooftops and pillars.

Track
Duration
Introduction
4:40
Tools Materials, Recipes & Ingredients
3:14
Making the Base
1:57
Preparing the Spiraling Walls
12:03
Preparing the Walls and Pillars
10:01
Preparing the Rooftops
7:51
Assembling the Walls, Pillars & Rooftops
12:18
Creating a Sandy Texture
10:55
Final Thoughts
1:07
Total Duration
1:05:24

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Rolling Pins Shop Online
Preferably with no scratches or dents.
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Powder Shaker Shop Online
Starch
Preferably with small holes.
Cake Ring
150mm diametre
Cold Spray Shop Online
Set of Knives Shop Online
Pizza Cutter Shop Online
Preferably large, stable and sharp.
Small Brush in Egg White
Set of Brushes Shop Online
Needle or Pin
Serdar often uses a needle or a pin to remove air bubbles from underneath the fondant when coating a cake. They can also be used to pick up very small objects when decorating.
Digital Scale
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Small Rectangular Object
12mm x 25mm

Used for making rectangular indentations.

Pair of Scissors
Craft Knife Shop Online
Water Spray Bottle
Very Large Bowl
PVC Pipes
20cm long by 3cm diametre, 20cm long by 5cm diametre
Corrugated Cardboard
Used for trays to allow pastillage to dry.
Great for placing sugar items to dry. Easy to move around.
Recipes & Ingredients

2200g - Light brown (All used, including optional side walls)

A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water...[read more]

Couple small piping bags - Light brown

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]

Egg White Wikipedia

Small amount

Egg white is the common name for the clear liquid (also called the albumen or the glair/glaire) contained within an egg. In chickens it is formed from the layers of secretions of the anterior section of the hen's oviduct during the passage of the egg. It forms around fertilized or unfertilized egg yolks. The primary natural purpose of egg white is to protect the yolk and provide additional nutrition for the growth of the embryo (when fertilized). Egg white consists primarily of about 90% water into which is dissolved 10% proteins (including albumins, mucoproteins, and globulins). Unlike the yolk, which is high in lipids (fats), egg white contains almost no fat, and carbohydrate content is less than 1%. Egg whites contain just over 50% of the protein in the egg. Egg white has many uses in food (e.g. mousse) and also many other uses (e.g. in the preparation of vaccines such as those for influenza).
White Chocolate Wikipedia

Mix a small amount of dark chocolate to make a light brown colour that matches the pastillage.

Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of Theobroma cacao seeds, roasted and ground, often flavored, as with vanilla. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block or used as a flavoring ingredient in other sweet foods.
Sugar Wikipedia
Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose and galactose. The table or granulated sugar most customarily used as food is sucrose, a disaccharide. (In the body, sucrose hydrolyses into fructose and glucose.) Other disaccharides include maltose and lactose. Longer chains of sugars are called oligosaccharides. Chemically-different substances may also have a sweet taste, but are not classified as sugars. Some are used as lower-calorie food substitutes for sugar described as artificial sweeteners.

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