This carousel cake was inspired by several cakes on this site. I found the swirl lollipop sticks and decided to do a carousel from them.
The bottom is two 12 inch rounds, iced. On top of them is a layer of rice krispie treats pressed into a 12 inch round, hardened and then iced. Then I made a rice krispie treat log and stuck the lollipop sticks around it for stability and put the bottom RKT circle to the RKT tent top.
The top is a rice krispie treats coated in candy and decorated to match the sticks stuck on with candy melts. The animals are candy molds and I wrapped pretzel rods with wax paper and inserted them while they dried so that there was a hollow hole down the middle of the lollipop sticks to insert into.
Then I slid each animal into the cake base/tent top piece. You can't see all the animals in this photo but there was an elephant, giraffe, tiger, swan, and two unicorns. The little girl was caramel molded then a starburst for her dress and bows. The hair is tootsie rolls which I made into tiny curls and put on her hair to look like my daughter. The flag and HB sign are both candy melts made freehand.
It was A LOT of work but a blast and my friends and her friends loved it. If you want more pictures I would be happy to send them.
This is the Carousel cake I made for my son's circus themed 3rd birthday. I used a few ideas from cakes on this site and combined them into one cake.
The cakes were box mix white, 2 12in rounds for the base and 2 8in rounds for the top, all cakes were sliced in half and filled with lemon curd (which made them very heavy). To support the weight, I had to use a cake tier set.
The "tent" top was tear-drop shaped sugar cookies that I cut free-hand, but they didn't fit together exactly after baking.I coated them with royal icing colored yellow, blue, and red and attached them, alternating colors, to the cake overlapping (which gave it some height). This took a lot of tinkering and lots of frosting and I wasn't overly pleased with the final outcome! (If I do anything like this again I would roll out a single large circle of cookie dough and cut it into 4 triangle shaped sides).
The animals were sugar cookie cut outs decorated with royal icing and buttercreme, and I attached them to old-fashioned candy sticks in the back with buttercreme. The candy sticks were not quite as tall as the columns so I secured them on top with more frosting. I used the Wilton buttercreme recipe for the frosting.
I think overall it came out really good and my son loved it!
I am very new on cake making...this is my 1st attempt to make a carousel cake. As I don't have an oven at home (it's not very common to have an oven at home in Hong Kong!), I bought 2 Swiss rolls instead! I sliced the Swiss roll, put one slice in the middle of a plate, then unrolled another slice and place it around the first one to make a circle-that's the base. I used marshmallow fondant to cover the base. Then I got a toilet roll and wrapped it with foil. Again, use fondant to cover it and place it in the middle of the base. I bought some big straws for extra support for the top cake. Cut the straws in desired length and put them in the base. I made the top using the same method. I cut a circle cardboard that slightly small than the top piece and wrapped it with foil, place the top bit on it, then on the toilet roll. Add some final touches and that's it! My very 1st non-bake carousel cake!