In advance: Prepare carousel. Tint fondant: 8 oz. each dark orange, light orange, red, green, dark blue; 10 oz. light blue, 6 oz. yellow; reserve 24 oz. white. Roll out 1/8 in. thick as needed; reserve excess fondant. Cut six triangles (3 orange, 3 yellow) to cover canopy top; brush top sections with Piping Gel and attach, trimming as needed. Cut 4 x 36 in. blue strip to wrap over canopy edge; attach. Roll red ropes, 1/8 in. diameter; attach over seams using Thinned Fondant Adhesive.
For ball border, roll 32 balls, 1/4 in. diameter, in each of 4 colors; attach with Fondant Adhesive. For dark blue trim, roll 1/8 in. diameter ropes, 5 in. long, and 1/4 in. diameter balls; attach. Roll 1 1/4 in. diameter red ball; attach inside finial. Cover pillar bases. Decorate horses with fondant, trimming as needed.
Also: Make stars. Roll out yellow fondant. Cut 12 stars using medium Cut-Out. Brush with Piping Gel and sprinkle with colored sugar.
Bake and cool 1-layer cake. Prepare and cover with white fondant.
Prepare for Push-In Pillar Construction, using canopy to mark position for pillars. Cut 1 x 3 in. fondant strips and attach to cake sides using damp brush, alternating colors. For ball border, roll 15 balls, 1 in. diameter, in each of 3 colors; attach with Fondant Adhesive. Roll very thin ropes, 2 in. long, and attach for spiral trim. Attach stars.
At party: Slide on horses, then bases. Insert pillars. Position canopy.
*Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown.
This perky pachyderm cake brings a ton of birthday greetings to the party (he?s made from our Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan). Treat the guest-of-honor to a special Jumbo Muffin of his own or add more muffins for larger parties.
Circus Carousel Cake is rated
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Rated 5 out of
I bought the Wilton carousel cake set and took ideas from the site to prepare a carousel cake for my 3 yr old daughter. I used only butter icing n placed one 10" cake below and one 9" on the top. Placing the 9" on top is a real gud idea n i wud like to suggest it to anyone who is making this cake .. reason being that the cake on the top looks like it is a part of the canopy and makes the canopy look magnificent. The cake stand is extremely sturdy and can take the weight of the canopy. For added support, you can also put a dowel in the center. Overall i am very happy with the sturdiness of the set. And this cake makes a BIG impression.. ;-)
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 4 out of
I bought the kit to make a carousel cake for a customer. The cake turned out amazing (one of my favorites), but using fondant would have taken FOREVER! I decorated the cake with fondant just like the picture, but for the kit itself, I used acrylic paints and painted the horses and carousel instead. I used mini M&M's glued around the top instead of rolling fondant balls, too. It still took a long time to do, but it definitely was easier, more accurate, and cheaper to paint the kit rather than decorate it with fondant. I do recommend it because it's so cute when it's done, but it is very time consuming!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of
I made this for my daughter's 3rd birthday. I tried decorating the horses with fondant like what is suggested but I don't think it's even possible. I ended up just painting them with royal icing and they came out fine, even though it took a few hours. It's not a hard design to do it is just very time consuming. I also made the mistake of putting the second, smaller cake above the horses rather than on top of the other cake. That wasn't a good idea with the weight of the fondant. My dog ended up pulling the tablecloth on the table which in turn caused the cake to fall over! I would make this again though.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 1 out of
I consider myself a self taught decorating guru... but when it came to this carousel contraption I found myself spinning in circles. SAVE YOUR MONEY. This product is FLIMSY !! and not worth the money. I wasn't able to transport the cake assembled for fear it would FALL APART. The actual cake came out GREAT but the Wilton Carousel was difficult to decorate and attach to the cake. I was going to hot glue it together for fear it would topple over. I'm disappointed that Wilton would offer such an unstable topper !! Buyer Beware !!!
Date published: 2011-06-17
Rated 5 out of
I bought this set to make a carousel cake for a little boy of a friend of mine. I was expecting it to be a lot more difficult to do than it was. With a bit of patience I was able to put together a very cute cake. My friends little boy mentions his pony cake every time I see him. That is so satisfying to me to be able to create that smile! The ponies were all the same because he liked the white and black ponies, but it would be just as easy to do any color combination. I did use the black Wilton fondant to make this easy, but the carousel itself I used bright bold colors. I would recommend this project to anyone to try. Patience is needed, but it is not as difficult as you may think! Loved it!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5 out of
I bought the Carousel Set for my grand daughter's birthday to fulfill her wish for a Carousel Cake (she chose this cake from the 2011 Wilton Yearbook. My personal opinion is that it is easy to assemble though covering the set with fondant is a tad bit time consuming. My advice is to assemble the cake on the party day itself to have a steady support (especially if you the canopy is fully covered with fondant). It warms my heart to see the expression on my grand daughter's face when she saw this cake... it's priceless! Thanks so much to the Wilton team for this amazing set!
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of
Having a look at the Wilton instructions definetly helped. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it. I enjoyed working on the cake as much as on the carrousel itself as I learned using Wilton materials and following its easy instructions.
I'd suggest starting from the bottom of the carrousel. Once you have all the parts of the carrousel you can just leave them to dry and you can start working on the cake. This may take several days. Even more if you take the time to do all the little details.
The top of the catousel will be rather heavy so I'd suggest placing the horses on top of wooden sticks (that go all the way down to the base of the cake) to help them stay on top and not sink into the cake.
It is trully one that everyone should do!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 2 out of
This cake I baked for 2 boys birthday party. The fondant on the plastic top of the carousel itself was very tidieous work. When I got my cakes together the horse stands would not stay in place with the top of the carousel so I had to totally eliminate the horses from the cake which to me was the most beautiful part of the whole circus carousel cake. Perhaps royal icing or some kind of glue can be used to hold the horses in place together with the top of the carousel and made before the cake is assembled.