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Coolest Merry Go Round Birthday Cake

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.

23 thoughts on “Coolest Merry Go Round Birthday Cake”

  1. Where online did you manage to get the horses. I want to make this for my daughter’s 1st birthday but I’m having trouble finding any horses. Thanks

  2. Thank you, it is the cylinder of a baking paper roll.It is thicker than a cling wrap roll and then the bamboo sticks give extra support.

  3. Hi

    I love your cake, I have never make a cake before, but I am going to try your lovely cake for my daughter 2nd Birthday.

    Could you please tell me where to buy the horse?

    Thank you

  4. Thank you. The fruits sticks are from Woolworths – supermarket. They are just like musk sticks but different colours.

  5. OMG it’s amazing – looks just like the one in the picture….just wondering how long it actually took you to ice and decorate – I’m about to attempt it for my daughters 6th b’day in a few weeks – wish me luck

  6. Thanks, It took ages! I made it the day before and I think I spent about 5 hours on the decoration. It is really fiddly, you need to separate all the cachous into colours and then attach each one individually. Cut the musk sticks to the same height. I would make it 2 days before, it will still be fresh and you will be less stressed. I was still attaching things when the guests arrived.

  7. Hi there – I’m already starting to stress about this cake and I haven’t even started yet – just wondering what sort of ready-made icing you used – and if anyone has used the one’s from the supermarket. I also found my little horses at Bunning’s Warehouse for the same price as on the internet – but they only had 7 can you believe that!!!!I’ve not only got to do this cake but I’ve got a 1yr old cake to make for my other daughter too – making & decorating 2 cakes on the one day is never going to be fun in my house….they share the same birthday – 5yrs apart – I don’t know if I’m lucky or unlucky….

  8. omg i love it so much.. I’m making cake for my year 10 cooking project and iI’m gonna follow this exactly.. a few questions what kind of icing did u use.? and what is actually making the musk sticks and lollies stay on the icing?
    as well what is holding up the top layer of cake.? you did a great job and i really hope i can pull it off :)

  9. Hi Rachael,

    I just used the Orchard White Icing – ready made icing from Woollies 500g box.I’ve just had a practice run of half of Upsy Daisy for her 2nd birthday! I don’t envy you, making 2 cakes. Make them 2 days ahead, you will need it with the merry go round one. Good luck.


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