I made this for my daughters 2nd birthday and she loved it. I used a 2 layer 9? round vanilla cake for the bottom and 2 layer 6? round chocolate for the top. The bottom was placed on a revolving cake plate which made decorating much easier and gave the carousel turning capability for presentation purposes.
I placed a pillar set on top of the bottom cake and just randomly decorated the plates with frosting. I purchased the mini horses online and you can use them as ornaments later instead of being stuck with a carousel cake kit because really how many carousel cakes are you going to make?
I then decorated the top cake and placed it onto the pillars and voila! To decorate the cakes, I used a basic butter cream recipe and star tip since I am not very good at frosting décor. I used colored melting chocolate and free handed "ELLA" onto wax paper along with some decorative hearts. Once cooled, I peeled off of wax paper and placed on to cake where desired. This is a nice alternative for those who aren't good when writing with frosting. That way if you screw up who cares because you can just do it over!
Also to get a nice smooth surface, once the cake is frosted all over, place a butter knife in hot water and then run over the frosting this will smooth out and shine over the frosting. It is important to keep dipping the knife in the hot for this to work. This is pretty simple, just time consuming but worth it!
The idea for this Carousel Cake came from the Australian Women's Weekly Birthday Cake book, I made it for my daughter's first birthday. Both layers are chocolate cake with an inverted chocolate muffin on top. I covered each of the three parts in chocolate buttercream, then pink rolled fondant.
The horses are edible - I traced a template then cut them out of sugar paste, threaded them onto florist wires, gave them piped icing saddles and eyes and tied ribbons around their necks. The poles are bamboo skewers covered in ribbons. The horses were attached to the poles by wrapping the wires around them at varying heights. The inner cardboard roll was painted with egg white to stick the musk sticks and lollies on. I covered the board in lilac rolled fondant.
This was only my second ever time using rolled fondant and I was really happy with the result.
My mom and I made this Carousel Cake for my daughter's 1st birthday party. The bottom is two 10" cakes stacked on one another. The top cake is one 8" cake with a little cupcake sitting on top.
We baked sugar cookies on a baking stick and then decorated them to look like horses. Before using the sticks, I cut them down to the exact size needed to fit in between the cake separators.
Once iced, I slid the sticks in between the two dividers. They stayed up on their own because they were wedged well enough. We assembled the rest of the cake and then decorated until we felt it had enough "flair".
Everyone was very impressed with the cake and we had so much fun making it together.