This Great Cake Contest entry was submitted by JaMs_Mama from Shallotte, North Carolina: A pretty in pink princess castle complete with matching candle.
Using one box of cake mix, bake two 9-inch square cakes. Using the second box, bake 14 cupcakes, and one more 9-inch square cake.
While the cakes are baking, use red food coloring to make two of the cans of white frosting light pink.
Stack the first 2 square cakes putting a thin layer of frosting in between. Cut off about an inch from each corner.
Stack 3 cupcakes at each corner. You can use toothpicks to steady the stacks if you like. Just be sure to pull them out before serving. Frost the whole cake and cupcakes in pink.
Cut the third square cake into quarters. Stack two of the quarters on top of each other on top of the larger squares. Frost these layers in pink. After this step, I placed the whole cake in the refrigerator to stiffen before I stacked more.
Next, place the last two cupcakes next to each other on the top layer of cake. Frost them in pink.
Using any leftover pink frosting and a little white frosting, use the food coloring to create a light purple color. Frost each of the six ice cream cones with a thin layer of purple frosting. Place each of them upside down on top of each cupcake stack.
I next placed six plastic Disney Princesses cake toppers around the cake. These came in a kit with a castle-shaped candle.
With a pastry bag or sandwich bag with the corner snipped, pipe out white frosting around the cake toppers to make them "windows" and pipe out a castle door. Next, pipe out a ring around each tower where the cone meets the cake.
Add the construction paper flag taped to a toothpick to each ice cream cone.