This is a circus cake that I had made for my best friend's children. They had a combined birthday party that was set up with all of the games from a carnival. I actually thought of the idea. After looking online at all of the things that I would be able to use, I brain stormed and drew it on paper.
I used 3 different types of cake, the main one being "red velvet" because I loved the punch of color. Made sure to let them fully cool before decorating. It was quite simple being that they were standard cake rounds. I used butter cream frosting. Frosted the bottom layer yellow with red stripes to look like a popcorn bucket. The next layer had those sparkler candles all over the place, along with the plastic clown heads, and some other fun candles that I had found to give it a wild factor!
When I think about the circus everything is happening at once and it's loud and crazy so that's what I wanted to express through the cake. And the top layer is a carousel. I cut down a party hat and attached it to some of those hard candy sticks. The flag that comes out of the top is one of those noise makers, I just flattened it out and wrote Happy Birthday on it.
The animals were gummies that I had found. Then just sprinkle those round dot sprinkles everywhere! My friend was excited that it looked very much like the original picture that I had drawn. Oh and I would suggest food coloring that is made for tinting cake icing because with such bold colors you would end up with color soup if you just used regular food coloring. Have fun!
I had a combined birthday party for my 5 year old son and one year old daughter. He wanted a circus theme. So I thought that a circus train cake would be cute.
I found a train cupcake cake at my local craft store. I just extended it a few cars and added lots of fun candy and clowns to make it a circus theme. It was a big hit and very easy to bake. I just used a box cake mix. I then took white icing and used different colors of food coloring to make the different colors. It is much cheaper than buying colored icing in the tubes.
The fun part came when actually decorating the cake with lots of different candies. My son actually helped with this. It was a lot of fun for him. Because of the nature of the cake - it didn't have to be perfect. A little randomness was good. The only thing I would have done differently was to have put the cake on a stronger "tray." I doubled cardboard and covered it with foil. But since the cake was so long, moving it required two people and the cardboard still bent. So maybe tripling or quadrupling the cardboard would be better.
Overall, the cake was very cute, a huge success and very tasty.
For my son's 3rd birthday we had a circus theme. The Circus Cake was baked in 2 round pans and both were cut in half to make 4 layers. The fillings were lemon and cherry with chocolate cake. The icing was buttercream coloured yellow and red icing out of a tube (as I quickly found out at 2 am that no matter how much red food colouring you add to white icing you won't ever get red - only VERY pink icing). The black for the ring outline was icing gel.
I purchased a circus cake topper set and made the top out of red poster board, cut out yellow foam pieces and topped with a little flag with my son's initial on it. The poles are bbq sticks with red ribbon wound around them. There was even a little trapeze artist hanging from the roof glued to a toothpick.
The kids went wild - it was a very big cake! It was pretty easy to make and it looks impressive. The inspiration came from my sister - so thanks MJ!