I made this cake from the women's weekly cake book; it was definitely a labour of love, not hard but time consuming. I bought the wooden horses of eBay! And painted them well ahead of time, I also did the ribbons ahead of time and instead of bamboo skewers I used round chop sticks. And the cylinder I used was a role from Alfoil role.
I used Betty Crocker cake mixes but I think it may have been easier to use a Madeira cake mix. The icing is orchard icing that you buy from the supermarket. You need about 5 - 6 of the soft icing, I used normal food colouring and it made it still workable. The decorations are what is time consuming, you basically do one after the other one at a time. Make sure to decorate the cylinders first and then put the horses on.
If you are making this homemade merry go round cake, make sure you have plenty of time. It turned out great I think!
We spent my daughter's 4 birthday party at a kiddie carnival so I promised I would attempt a Girl's Carousel Cake. My ideas were largely inspired by this site so I thought I would share my outcome.
I used 10" on the bottom and 6" pan on the top with a 7" round to attach the purple and pink straws. I wanted it slightly higher so I taped two together and cut each straw to desired height. The center column is a wrapping paper roll painted white with a sparkly purple ribbon wrapped around it. The cookies were made using Alton Brown's sugar cookie recipe and Royal icing.
The cake was frosted with homemade buttercream icing (also Alton Brown), and tinted, pink Royal icing. We decorated with premade icing flowers obtained from a cake store, edible glitter, beads, and pink and purple sprinkles. It was a lot of fun and no doubt a lot of work - but all worth it!
I had seen an idea for a merry-go-round cake in a magazine, and since my daughter loved to ride the "up and down", I made this cake for her second birthday.
It's 2 round cakes stacked and frosted, topped with rainbow sprinkles. The merry-go-round posts are rainbow candy sticks I found at a candy store. (I also included one in each party favor bag.) I attached animal crackers at different heights using frosting. The "lid" is made of paper and decorated with foamie stickers. I didn't attach it to the candy sticks so it could be removed before lighting the candle.
We placed the cake on a lazy Susan so it actually went around!
I made this Carsousel birthday cake for my son's 1st birthday.
Using 2 8" chocolate cakes, one for the base and one for the top, I covered each in sugar paste and decorated with both cut out shapes (stars) and royal icing with a little edible gold paint here and there for effect.
Each cake was placed onto a thick cake board. The board supporting the upper part of the cake war prepared by first drilling holes to hold the dowels that would both support the cake and act as poles for the carousel horses.
Each dowel was wrapped in a thin sausage of sugar paste before securing a gingerbread pony to each.
I made this Merry Go Round Birthday Cake for my daughter's first birthday. I made it with help from the Womens Weekly kids cake book and cheated and used packet cake mixes. I am no baker (hence the packet cake mixes) and was so proud when I managed to put this together.
It was challenging but so rewarding when I got heaps of great comments.
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