I decided to make this Merry Go Round Birthday Cake for my daughter’s 1st birthday. I have never decorated a cake before. I bought the packet cake as per Woman’s Day cookbook which was the easy part. The decoration was what took a lot of time. I was still adding to it when guests arrived.

The soft icing was easy to apply. I had been worried as I have never used it before. It is very easy to manipulate into place and I did have a trial go during the week for the mother’s group 1st birthday’s. I used the Wilton concentrated food colouring, you only need the end of a toothpick amount. I was told by cake shops that using the food colurings from supermarkets will make the icing too soft. Took me a while to find it but did eventually.

With the icing mixture to stick on the lollies I also added the food colouring, otherwise it will dry white. The cake tasted great which was a bonus as I didn’t want to cut it because it had taken so long and looked good.