I want to make my daughter a carousel cake for her 4th b-day- she is horse crazy! I dont' know where to start? Is the Wilton kit worth it? But I do prefer to do my cakes without kits. Should I do the top out of cake or RKT? Do I just buy horse candy molds and do gumpaste horses in them, then paint? How do I support the top? Is the Wilton kit worth it for that part? I like the way the striped lollipops look on the cakes and would prefer to use those, if possible. If doing it without a kit is the best, but a lot of time and work, I'm okay with that(as long as I can do it in stages)
I've looked at a lot of different carousel cakes, but still dont' know which way is best to go about it...Would appreciate any advice/tutorials/directions on this one!
I almost made a carousel cake a few weeks ago but my friend changed her mind and went with another design. I was going to make it as in the link below. Before she changed her mind, I already made the centre support out of fondant (with tylose), I made it by wrapping the fondant around a paper kitchen towel center/holder or even a rolling pin will work if its the right size for you. I then made the top (tent part) out of gumpaste, cut off some part and then stuck the ends together with edible glue. I then dried it on top of my soccer ball pan for the shape, took along time (a week) and then stuck the top and the centre together.
One thing that i will do differently, is to size the top much larger than the size of pan i will use for the cake. I did my trial on an 8" round and cut out the top the same size, after shaping it to form the tent, it was way too small to be useful! For an 8" cake, I might go for a 12 circle cut out for the tent.....or round abouts.
The instructions on the site are very simple and detailed. I was going to print out some horse pictures and cut them out in fondant. Looked to buy cookie cutters but didnt see the right shape for the horses.