I made this Coolest Circus Cake for my daughter's 5th Birthday. I did a circus theme birthday. I used a large round cake pan for the base and used Wilton's Giant Cupcake Pan for the circus tent (you need to use a dowel or something to hold weight of heavy circus tent). I decorated the tent using #18 Wilton Tip and used red and white icing. I used Duncan Hines Vanilla and just used food color to get the right colors. It was a huge hit!!
I purchased a circus cake topper on line which is how I got the clowns and balloons on the cake. I used squiggly candles to add to the fun color scheme. I then pipped red and yellow around the bottom of the cake. Inside was a simple devils food cake receipe (you can use a box to save you some steps....decorating is the best part anyway)! I used some really great ideas I got from this site and then come up with my own version. This site is awesome!
This was a cake I made for my best friends daughter. Due to my husband becoming ill and hospitalized the day the cake was needed, this was thrown together in three hours and not how I planned it.
I started by taking a cake carrier and putting styrofoam in the bottom and covering it with fondant. I then made gumpaste animals and attached them to the plate. With the top of the cake carrier, I cut an arch in it and placed it on top of the bottom plate. I put battery operated lights on the inside top of the cover.
I then baked 2 twelve inch caked and an eight inch using the 3D Durable Recipe. After filling and frosting the cakes, I placed them on top of the cake carrier and covered them with alternating stripes of red and white fondant.
I also made a sign from gumpaste and a cotton candy (made from real cotton candy) and popcorn stand.
These are ordinary frosting covered vanilla cupcakes with details done in Chocolate, various lollies (candy) and fondant. Lollies used include, red licorice (which you can roll flat and cut shapes out of) white chocolate drops, mini M & M's, marshmallows, and sprinkles of various types. You can roll out all sorts of lollies and cut shapes out of them. Lollies like licorice, fruit chews, some jelly lollies, caramels can be used instead of fondant, and give you a great range of tastes and colours. The Lions smile is piped using black gel but could easily be chocolate frosting. The elephant ears are chocolate piped onto waxed paper with lumps of foil underneath to give them more shape as they cool. His trunk is tight zigzags. Chocolate is easier to handle if you let it cool off a bit, then it doesn't run so quickly and you have more control over it. Adding the little highlight on the M & M eyes gives more life to your creation.
I made this circus cake for a friend who was having a joint birthday party for all of her children. They were having a circus themed party so I decided to make an elephant cake using a Wilton elephant shaped pan.
I decorated the elephant with a blanket on his back (to which I added the ages of all of the children) and decoration on his forehead to mimic an elephant you may see at a circus. I also made a beach ball for him to stand on using an 8in round cake pan.
I decorated both cakes using tinted buttercream icing. I simply placed them close together to make it look like the elephant was standing on the ball. I made sure to add little details with icing like fringe to the blanket and "gems" around the forehead piece to make the elephant look like he belonged in a circus.
This cake was a huge hit at the party and all four children loved it.