I made this Carousel Cake Design for my daughter's 1st birthday. I got the idea from the women's weekly kids party book! A week before my daughter's birthday I bought the horses of eBay and painted them and decorated them with stick ons as I liked them better than the ribbon shown in the book. I also wrapped ribbon around the bamboo sticks then super glued the horses on a diferent heights.
I bought 3 packet cake mixes and used 2 for the bottom cake which I made in a deep 22cm cake pan and took out 1 cup of mixture for the muffin that sits on the top. Then I used 1 packet mix for the top cake. After the cakes cooled down later that evening I covered the cakes and muffin in ready made icing then placed a baking paper roll in the centre of the bottom cake and placed the bamboo sticks around.
Then I made an egg white and icing sugar mixture and covered the roll and then placed the musk sticks around. I then decorated the cakes with musk sticks and cashews. Covering the cake with the ready made icing was easy but the decorating the cakes took a long time.
This cake was definitely a labor of love and everybody loved it and it tasted good!
This Carousel Birthday Cake was a simple adaptation of those on this wonderful site. It was created for my 2year old who loves carousels.
We were not having a party and it was just going to be the immediate family of 5 adults, 1 sibling whose birthday is also in a few days. My objective was to mark the occasion without having a ton of cake left over.
I made the base with two 8inch round cakes, frosted with store bought frosting which I tinted and decorated with candy (most are already gone before the photo shoot thanks to my kids). We live in the tropics (38degrees) and the heat made the 2nd coating of frosting slip off the base (faced to the back). Ah well, please excuse the wax paper peeking out at the back!
I used an inverted plastic bottle for the centre pole, and I stuck sugar coated animal crackers with melted marshmallows to the poles (bendy straws).
The canopy was made from a decorative napkin stuck with paper glue to a cone I made of cardboard. Topped with a gum ball to adhere the number candle. (I stuck this with a toothpick into the cone top and positioned it into a hole at the top/base of the plastic bottle.
I made this Homemade Carousel Birthday Cake for my niece’s first birthday. I used a regular yellow cake. For the base of the carousel I made two layers in a 12 inch pan. I iced with a butter cream icing to ice between the layers as well as to decorate with.
I cut dowels and placed them in the middle of the cake to support the weight of the rest of the carousel. I used the cake plates for a wedding cake along with the pillars. I wrapped the pillars in crepe paper. I also cover the bottom plate in a gum paste so that it would blend. I made the horses with gum paste. The top of the carousel was a bundt cake. It wasn’t quite tall enough so I also made a cake in a bowl, then placed it on top. This was by far one of my personal best.
My niece is too young to appreciate all the work that went into this cake, but when I over heard my other 13 year old niece say that her Aunt Carrie always makes the coolest cakes, it was all worth it.