Coolest Spinning Carousel Birthday Cake

My son was having a carnival-themed party for his 4th birthday and we came up with the idea to make a carousel birthday cake. Many of the ideas came to me as I was going along. I started with a two-layer cake, iced it in white and used the funfetti decorations that came along with two of the store-bought frosting. After a little decorative edging, that part was complete.

I then started on the “big top.” I used a piece of thin cardboard (like from a cereal or gift box) to create the conical shape and covered it in tin foil to keep its shape. I used part of a paper towel tube that I covered in red-and-white-striped wrapping paper to make the center pole of the carousel. I pushed that through the top of the cone ceiling and stapled them together. I then took red and yellow streamers and alternately stapled them to the top of the paper towel roll.

To create the finishing edge, I used a piece of regular cardboard and attached a fancy wide ribbon to the exterior. On the inside of that cardboard, I attached a number of long lollipop sticks with tape. I printed out colorful carousel horses from the Internet, cut them out and attached them to the sticks. I then took the finished cake bottom and placed it on a lazy Susan. I wrote the birthday message on the side of the cake, so it could be seen as it spun.

I then took the fully assembled cake top and pushed the paper towel roll and lollipop sticks into the cake to secure it. The No. 4 candle was placed in the top of the paper towel holder. I was a big hit at the party, because most people (kids and adults) had never seen a moving birthday cake before. Best of all, my son thought he had the coolest cake ever!

Coolest Spinning Carousel Birthday Cake

Coolest Spinning Carousel Birthday Cake

Coolest Spinning Carousel Birthday Cake