I making a carousel cake for boyfriend's co-worker at the end of June. She sent me the attached pic as an idea for what she wanted. It will be for her daughter's birthday. The cake will serve fifty and I modified the design so all the cake will be in the base. If possible I wanted to use a cake dummy for the top portion for ease of traveling and piece of mind. I will be using the Wilton carousel set for the center section which is 10 inch round.
What would be the best way to make the canopy? Should I do it in sections? Gum paste? How would I get the peaked shape at the top of the canopy? I want this cake to look awesome so any input about how to put this together would be really appreciated.
What a pretty cake. I would cover a cake board in fondant or gum paste then add the center part of the dome out of styrofoam or carved cake. The edge portion can be gum paste shaped to the size and shape you need.. Use pillars for the poles to hold up the top. If you cannot find pillars the size you need use lollypop sticks and cover them in gum paste then paint them. I did a carousel for my daughter but it was not this elegant. I used the wilton cake stand that has a center pole and each plate just screws on to the one above it. I actually made a dome shapped cake for the top. I dont recall if it is in my photos or not. I hope that helps.
Thanks for the taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate all the input!