Ann Reardon

Pet Dragons & Castle Cake Tutorial

dragon castle cake reardon how to

The best pet is one that sheds no hair, makes no mess and is not too noisy.  Meet my pet dragons.  They live inside the castle cake but will be just as happy residing anywhere in your home.

To make the Castle Cake with Dragons you will need to:

* Download the Surprise Cakes App from
or Get it on Google Play

* Print the surprise cakes app markers (allow time for the pdf to open as it is a large file so that it is print quality)
* Make 2 quantities of american buttercream I used this chocolate buttercream you can choose a different frosting recipe here
* Bake 2 quantities of the rich chocolate cake recipe baked onto 4 trays, the trays I used were 25cm (9.84 inches) x 38cm (14.96 inches) x 1.5cm (0.59 inches) tall. When baking in trays it takes 15-20 minutes per tray to bake.

* Fondant – NOTE amounts listed are the actual amount that is on the cake, allow extra for rolling out
Brown fondant for the door 100g (3.53 ounces)
Black Fondant 50g
Light Grey Fondant for walls 800 g (28.22 ounces)
Dark Grey Fondant for top of cake 320g (11.29 ounces)
Green fondant for grass 50g (1.76 ounces)
tiny amount of yellow and red fondant for flame

* 6 Chocolate Bars, the ones I purchased were 11.5 cm (4.53 inches) long boost bars
* half a packet of oreos to crush for ‘soil’
* Small square or rectangle cookie cutter, you can make your own see the twitter cake video for instructions

Bake your cakes and make your frosting. The fresher the better but parties can be busy times so you can make 2 days before the party and decorate the day before. If making this far ahead use some simple syrup to keep the cake extra moist (see the princess cake video for how to use simple syrup)
Cut each tray cake in half and then stack with a thin layer of frosting between each layer, making sure your cakes are completely cooled before you do.
Trim the stack of cakes to make a neat rectangle the trim off each corner.
Cover the whole cake in a smooth layer of frosting and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

See the video for instructions on how to decorate the cake.

how to cook that surprise cakes app dragon
With thanks to Brendan Votano who came on board to help turn my app idea into reality.  You can buy the app from

 or Get it on Google Play

2014

by Ann Reardon How To Cook That

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

43 Comments View Comments

  1. Rating: 5

    Hi, I really like your channel and web! I have already tried few recipes and my kids love debunking videos especially (even though they don´t speak english much yet 🙂
    I´ve just found this and the app isn´t available any more. Would you consider to place the app on your website to download? 😉
    Or are there any other similar apps? I´m trying to google that, but with no luck.
    Thank you
    Sue

  2. Thanks for your lovely cake turtoroials, here’s my attempt at the castle, x

    • Wow it looks great Becky. Well done!

      • Thank you, my son and his friends loved it, the dragon app was fab to. I’m making the Thomas one on Friday for my nephew, I’ve just finished making all the bits I’m advance for it, I’ll share a pic of it when it’s done, thanks for your lovely site, it’s really helped me progress with my cake making, I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be attempting castle cakes and 3D trains, but here I am giving it a good go thanks to this site ?

        • That’s great Becky and thanks for posting the Photo of your castle cake. You did fantastically well!

  3. Looks so cool. Can’t wait to make mine

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