Wilton Circus Carousel Cake

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by Wilton Design Team

Wilton Circus Carousel Cake

Turn a plain round cake into a colorful merry-go-round that's perfect for any birthday boy or girl!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include neither the baking nor the cooling times for the cake.
  • 2
    In advance, prepare carousel by reserving 24 oz. White fondant. With the remaining fondant, tint: 8 oz. each Dark Orange, Light Orange, Red, Green (combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for Green shown), Dark Blue; 10 oz. Light Blue; 6 oz. Yellow; Roll fondant out 1/8 inch thick as needed; reserve excess fondant.
  • 3
    From the excess fondant, six triangles (3 Orange, 3 Yellow) to cover canopy top; brush top sections with piping gel and attach, trimming as needed. Cut 4 inch x 36 inch Blue strip to wrap over canopy edge; attach. Roll Red ropes, 1/8 inch diameter; attach over seams using thinned fondant adhesive (White fondant and water).
  • 4
    For ball border, roll 32 balls, 1/4 inch diameter, in Red, Green, Blue and Orange; attach with fondant adhesive (White fondant and water). For Dark Blue trim, roll 1/8 inch diameter ropes, 5 inch long, and 1/4 inch diameter balls; attach. Roll 1-1/4 inch diameter Red ball; attach inside finial. Cover pillar bases. Decorate horses with fondant, trimming as needed.
  • 5
    Roll out Yellow fondant. Cut 12 stars using medium cut-out. Brush with piping gel and sprinkle with colored sugar.
  • 6
    Bake and cool 1-layer 8 inch cake and 1-layer 10 inch cake following recipe instructions . Prepare and cover with White fondant. Prepare for push-in pillar construction, using canopy to mark position for pillars. Cut Orange, Red and Green fondant strips and attach to cake sides using damp brush, using photo as a guide. 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 from step 5.
  • 7
    Just before serving the cake, slide on horses, then bases. Insert pillars. Position canopy.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Wilton Icing Colors 1 oz. Orange 104103404
  • Wilton Icing Colors 1 oz. Royal Blue 104103417
  • Wilton Icing Colors 1 oz. Lemon Yellow 104103402
  • Wilton Icing Colors 1 oz. Leaf Green 104103422
  • Wilton Icing Colors 1 oz. Red-Red 104103424
  • Wilton Rolled Fondant Pure White 5 lb. 104106230
  • Wilton Sugar Sprinkles 3 oz. Yellow 104103803
  • Wilton Piping Gel 10 oz. 104105012
  • Your Favorite Cake Recipe
  • Your Favorite Buttercream Icing Recipe
  • Wilton Carousel Cake Set 104521062
  • Wilton Decorator Preferred Round Pan 8 inch x 2 inch Deep 104105932
  • Wilton Decorator Preferred Round Pan 10 inch x 3 inch Deep 104105954
  • Wilton Wide Glide Rolling Pin 104105842
  • Wilton Roll-N-Cut Mat 104106118
  • Wilton Easy-Glide Fondant Smoother 104726982
  • Wilton Decorating Brush Set 5 pc. 104793678
  • Wilton Cut-Outs Dual-side Fondant Cutters Stars 104793693
  • Wilton Cake Circles 10 inch 12 pc. 104105858
  • Strong and Sturdy Piece of Cardboard for Holding Finished Cake
  • Ruler
  • Knife