I made this Carousel Birthday Cake for a friend's daughter's 5th birthday, which had a circus theme. The idea came from other examples on this web page. The base was a double layer chocolate cake made in round 9 inch pans with white butter cream frosting. The basic cake was assembled, then top covered in sprinkles and gumdrops, then colorful M&M chocolate candies, gummy animal candies and animal cookies around the edges.
I made the top carousel decoration separately and assembled the cake at the party. I started with a cardboard cake base which was cut and stapled to be the roof, then covered this with colorful paper streamers and a red foam ball (which held a paper flag on a toothpick saying "Happy Birthday Elsa"). Center support column was an empty paper towel cardboard roll, covered with blue and green ribbon. I wrapped the base in aluminum foil so it could be pushed into the top of the cake about an inch right before serving. The 8 horses were color photocopied on heavy paper (found on a free clipart web page), cut out and attached to colorful straws with a hot glue gun. The straw had also been cut slightly shorter than the center column, so they would barely touch the cake top (not pushed in).
This cake was a hit with everyone and easy to do most of the prep work beforehand.
I made this Carousel cake for my daughter's sixth birthday. At first, she wanted a My Little Pony cake, but then she came up with the idea of putting ponies on a carousel.
Not exactly sure what I was going to do, I started with a deep 16" diameter round cake pan and filled it with two and a half cake mixes. I then baked a deep 8" cake with two cake mixes so it would rise as high as the bottom one. My daughter wanted blue, purple, pink and yellow as the colors, so I took a toothpick and etched out sections on the cake before I iced it. I then started piping the colors, alternately, onto the cake and then piped a decorative border around the edge of both cakes.
She had picked out some of the smaller ponies in her collection and I placed them on the cake in each color section. I then took a large pretzel stick, iced it a bit, and wrapped some ribbon around it. Next, I took a different color ribbon; I tied pieces of this ribbon around the ponies' necks and glued the other ends to the pretzel stick, using icing. I then picked out a decorative button and icing-glued it to the top of the pretzel stick.
She loved the cake and said it was exactly what she wanted!
I made this homemade carousel birthday cake for my daughter's 1st birthday. The 2 main cakes, and muffin size cake were made from basic vanilla cake mixes. They were covered with royal icing, coloured pink. The centre piece, was the centre roll from cling wrap, covered with musk sticks and fizzers. The horses, I found on eBay. I painted them and added the ribbon.
The cake itself was simple, I made them the day before, decorating the cake and balancing the top, was a headache! Decorating took a few hours. I didn't put the top on until the last minute, cause I was too scared it would fall off! Once finished, it was a complete success, everyone loved it and it tasted great too!
I made this Carousel Cake Design for a church dessert auction. The bottom is a regular 2 layer 8 inch round cake. For the canopy, I used rice krispie treats covered in modeling chocolate and all the decorations are also chocolate. I found a mold for the horses and painted them with melted chocolate and luster dust. I attached the horses to candy sticks and the result was a beautiful carousel.