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Coolest Circus Tent Cake 2

by Beth T.
(Boone, NC)

Homemade Circus Tent Cake

Homemade Circus Tent Cake

I got the idea of a circus/ carnival party for my daughter's third birthday after seeing a TV show where they did it. I found this Circus Tent Cake idea on this site and adapted it to fit her party.

This cake took two mixes to make. I started with a 9X13" cake and a giant cupcake using the pan from Wilton. I then iced both cakes in white butter cream. I tinted some more butter cream in yellow and red for the tent colors. I placed three wooden dowels in the center of the 9X13 to support the weight of the other cake. I assembled the tent by placing the top of the cupcake onto the bottom. They bake separately in the same pan.

I then placed the entire tent onto the bottom 9X13. I used a basket weaving tip and yellow icing to make the tent sides, leaving the front open and pulled back. I then used icing gels to write her name in the opening, you could probably use icing and a #2 round tip and get a better result. I then drew out the tent top outline with a toothpick and used yellow and red butter cream in a star tip to make the stripes in the top.

I finished the tent with some star candles. I used a larger star tip and the same yellow and red icing to finish the boarder on the bottom cake, both the top edge and bottom edge. The animal figurines I found on the Wilton web site. This cake was so cute and went with her party great. All the kids loved it and they all asked for the animals.

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by: Anonymous

Thank you for the adorable idea and the how-to instructions...from a mom who wants to do something special but needed some help!!

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Coolest Circus Tent Cake Idea 4

by Rita
(Buckeye,AZ)

Homemade Circus Tent Cake Idea

Homemade Circus Tent Cake Idea

This Circus Tent Cake Idea was made for my son Caleb Joshua's first birthday. The base of the cake is simply made from a 9 in round cake pan in which I carved the sides inward to allow the "tent" fondant to lay properly. Each layer of the tent red/white was placed on individually then "pasted" together using a brush and water. Then the upper layer of cake was placed on and had already been shaped using a star pan.

Each animal was previously hand sculpted and then placed on the cake and were secured using toothpicks. Most of the cake was covered and shaped using homemade marshmallow fondant. I made the animals in advance and then froze them in a deep freeze since each animal was very time consuming to construct. The little fellow on the top (my son) was actually constructed out of tootsie rolls and then covered with fondant.

Also the balloons were simply fondant covered dum dum suckers. (thank goodness his birthday is just after Halloween!) Thanks for viewing!

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Coolest Big Top Cake 7

by Malik M.
(Temple Hills, MD)

Homemade Big Top Cake

Homemade Big Top Cake

I made this Big Top Cake for my son Kai's 1st birthday. I reused the theme from my baby shower, decorations and all. This cake was a super easy cake to make. I used 2 boxes of cake mix. The cake has 3 layers. 2-10 inch & 1-6 inch on top.

To enhance the look of the cake I used Gobstobbers to outline the bottom. Fruit roll-ups to add stripes to the top. Added a blue sprinkle star in between the fruit roll-ups. Topped it off with 2 giant Carnival pops. I purchased single letter & number candles in different colors.

The cake was a hit. Everyone thought I purchased it from a store. Many of my friends don't know I bake & design my own kids birthday cakes. Now I have orders up the ying yang.

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Carnival Tent

by Erica
(Graham, NC)


This is a cake that I made for my nephew's first birthday party.
I used 3 8-inch butter cakes to make the bottom and covered it in fondant. The stripes on the cakes are also made with fondant. The top of the cake was made using a wonder mold doll pan and covered in fondant. There is a start at the tip of the cake with a flag on the top. The flag is made out of fondant and needs to harden a little before putting it on the cake so that is won't droop. I attached the flag to a toothpick to hold it on the cake.

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