I made this Carousel Birthday Cake for my nephew's 3rd birthday which was a carnival themed party. The base is two 12 inch round cakes and a 10 inch round cake on top of that. Inserted through the center of the base cakes is a glass sugar jar ( like the one's in a diner etc.). I also used the same type jar to support the top cake which I decorated to blend it in.
For the canopy top I used a scalloped bundt cake pan and a tiny 3x3 cake pan for the very top where the number 3 candle rests. I used buttercream icing to decorate and had piped some decorations ahead of time using royal icing. I also used metallic edible sugar pearls and edible gold glitter.
The horses are sugar cookies with royal icing and the poles are natural white sugar sticks which I painted with edible gold shimmer dust. I also used a 14 inch gold cake drum for the bottom cakes and an 8 inch gold cake drum for the top. When I placed the horses on the cake I realized I had about a 2 inch gap from the top of the poles to the canopy. So as a last minute improvision I used small gold bows to fill the gap.
I cheated with this one, I used 3 Betty Crocker cake mixes and I made my own fondant icing (which I will never do again as it is too hard to get the right consistency).
The decorating of this homemade carousel cake took forever to do, it was so hard especially when I had my daughter running round you have to have a lot of patience. I used the the plastic horses as I thought they looked better then the wooden ones and the fondant ones I made. It is very important to cut the dowels to the same length or the top cake wont sit properly on the dowels. I added ribbon swirled around the dowels.
I found that if I put the tape on the owls where the ribbon are in the cake that they slide in better and the ribbons stayed in the right spots and didn't cranke up when they are pushed in. The horses I bought from the toy shop were $6-$8 each, I taped them to the dowels as was too hard to glue them.
I made this Carousel Cake for my baby shower. It is made up of double layer 9" round strawberry cake for the bottom. The top is cake sitting on a round cake board. It was baked in a metal bowl and cut to shape. The bottom was frosted then a round cake board was placed on top and covered with another thin layer of frosting. A glass holds up the top piece which I decorated with star shapes to cover the wide base bottom. The poles are dowel rods covered with a plastic ribbon on which frosted animal cookies were glued. The one in the front had fallen down because of the humidity with it being an outside party.
The frosting was just regular vanilla frosting from a jar. Don't use creamy, it doesn't have a good consistancy for decorating. No need to buy expensive decorators frosting, you can always add powdered sugar if you need to make your frosting thicker.