Presenting the perfect birthday cake for any little girl! Our enchanting merry-go-round cake features pretty pastel drop flowers and decorated horses, all under the canopy of the Wilton Carousel Cake Set.
In advance: Make flowers using royal icing. Make 500 tip 14 swirl drop flowers in light pink with tip 1 dot centers in white. Make 30 each tip 131 drop flowers in light pink and dark pink. Make 40 each tip 225 drop flowers in light pink and dark pink. Make 15 tip 2D drop flowers in light pink, 40 in dark pink. Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry.
Decorate carousel canopy in royal icing. Follow lines of carousel to pipe tip 6 violet scrolls on side; add tip 6 dot. Outline top sections in light pink with tip 3. Pipe in finial in violet with tip 6; pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch.
Decorate horses in thinned violet royal icing. Brush mane, bridle, saddle, tail and hooves; let dry. Brush with white Pearl Dust.
Bake and cool 2-layer cakes (trim 10 in. layers to 1 1/2 in. high to make a 3 in. high cake). Ice smooth in buttercream. Prepare for Push-In Pillar Construction. Divide 10 in. cake into 8ths and 12 in. cake into 10ths using Cake Dividing Wheel. Mark top of 12 in. cake with feet from 10 in. plate included in Carousel Set. Cut cake circle to 11 in., wrap with foil, and attach to plate from set with royal icing. Position 10 in. cake on plate.
For 12 in. cake, roll out white fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut one oval panel using pattern. Using straight-edge wheel of Cutter/Embosser, score lattice lines 3/8 in. apart. Brush lines with Orchid Pink Pearl Dust. Repeat for 9 more panels, working one at a time. Attach at division marks with buttercream icing. Attach tip 2D dark pink flower at center of each oval, tip 14 drop flowers around edges. Attach assorted flowers between ovals.
For 10 in. cake, roll out white fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut one half oval panel using pattern and decorate as for ovals, for a total of 8. Attach at each division mark, lining up straight edge with edge of cake. Pipe tip 2 drop strings in buttercream under each panel. Attach tip 14 drop flowers to panel edge. Attach a tip 2D flower at each division mark; pipe tip 2 dots beneath flowers. In buttercream, pipe tip 3 bead top borders and tip 18
rosette bottom borders. On 12 in. cake, add tip 3 dot at center of rosettes and tip 3 zigzags on edge. Pipe tip 352 leaves.
At party: Assemble cakes, following carousel package directions.
The rosette has the tight, swirling look of a rose, but is achieved in one continuous rotation, rather than with wrapped layers of petals. Single rosettes are also used as candleholders on top of a cupcake.
Drop flowers are a great way to add flowers quickly. Pipe drop flowers in buttercream directly on your cake, or pipe in royal in advance and place your flowers anywhere. Flowers will be sharper in definition when piped in royal.
The drop string is traditionally used as decoration on the sides of the cake and is the basis of more ornate string work. Called a "drop" string because the line of piped icing is allowed to "drop" or fall, by itself, before reattaching it to your cake. Pipe a row of single strings or multiple strings in rows of two or three.
Princess Merry-Go-Round Cake is rated
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Rated 3 out of
I love how pretty this. I am also glad that I have some experience baking and I am rather creative. The instructions could be more exact, they have forgotten to tell you how to do the leaves (butter cream, or royal icing). Both would work though I thought I would point it out though. I would not recommend this for a beginner if you are a perfectionist, it takes a lot of time and some knowledge to get the flowers exact, if you are OK with nothing being exact then anyone could make this cake. It is very pretty.
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 5 out of
I found this cake to be very easy and my daughter loved it. You can add the top layer of cake or go without it. The decorating is easy, just time consuming. When done it looks like it was much harder to do than it is.
Date published: 2014-09-18
Rated 5 out of
Um well it is pretty hard but challenges r all ways fun!
Date published: 2013-03-02
Rated 4 out of
I am definitely a novice and was able to make this. I only had 24 people coming to the party though so I didn't make the top layer. I decorated it in buttercream flowers and the little Wilton pearls and made sure I kept it to a design that I was comfortable doing. Everyone loved it, especially my daughter. A word of warning. Our local Joann Fabric only sold a Wilton 9 1/2" round pan. I thought it would be fine (what's a 1/2") apparently a lot. It was a close fit and if I had trimmed the edged at all, the posts would not have fit at all. It was fun though and I offered to do it for my niece's birthday.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 4 out of
I made this cake for my niece on her 1st birthday, I'm not a professional, but I love the challenge, with the instructions I was be able to do it.
Everyone at the party love it. Special turn out so unique... if she was going to buy , she 'll never found it something like it.
Everyone was suprise and happy, and ask questions How I done.
I color on diferents Wilton fondant pastel color. I dust the white fondant rose petal dust. Even I make some flowers with fondant , every little horse was diferent color,even the top.Was look like a carrousell on enchant Garden. Turn out beautiful and magical.