Grace fell in love with riding on carousels so I decided to make her carousel cake for her 2nd birthday last year.
I went to Google for some inspiration and became instantly overwhelmed. All the cakes pictured were pretty extreme. I wanted something that I could make on my own at home. Here is what I came up with…
For this carousel cake you will need:
- cake mix (or make it from scratch)
- round cake pans
- candy canes (or another candy stick)
- gum drops
- Barnum’s Animal Crackers (this brand is best because you can usually tell what the animals are suppose to be)
- tin foil
- tissue paper
Step 1: Bake your cake using round cake pans. Let it cool and then ice the cake.
Step 2: Add some fun decorations; sprinkles on the top of the cake and gum drops cut in half around the base of the cake.
Step 3: Break off the curved part of the candy canes and stick them into the top of the cake. I used 6 candy canes.
Step 4: Pick out your favorite animals from your bag of animal crackers and “glue” them onto the candy canes using frosting.
Step 5: Cut out a circle out of tissue paper, fold it several times, and cut designs into it (as if you were making a snow flake).
Step 6: Cut a circle out of tin foil.
Step 7: Cut half way into the circle of tin foil and tissue paper. Overlap the cut ends on each to make slight cone (like how you would make a funnel, but not nearly as drastic of a cone). Tape the overlapped ends. Also tape the tissue paper cone on top of the tin foil cone.
Step 8: Place the tin foil and tissue paper dome on top of the candy cane sticks. I didn’t use anything to hold it in place. Our party was inside so there was no risk of the wind blowing it off.
Step 9: Sing “Happy Birthday,” eat, and enjoy!
Do you make or buy your birthday cakes? What is your favorite themed cake idea?