Vintage carousel cakes or merry-go-round cakes are one of the biggest cake trends at the moment in cake decorating and it’s not hard to see why. Their old world charm enchants both children and adults alike and they make for a very luxurious celebration cake for a christening for children’s birthday party.
Our exquisite examples above are by Bobbette & Belle (left) and Cute Cakes. The design by Cute Cakes in particular is very clever in how it uses a simple three tier design to create a carousel using a narrower middle tier surrounded by carousel horses and topped with a third tier without the need to create a shaped canopy.
If you do love the shaped canopy design, then cake maestro Verusca Walker takes you through the process using card in her carousel cake tutorial here (featured below).
The Mamma Wears Prada blog also has a carousel cake tutorial (featured below left), as does the Sweetie Darling blog (featured below right): carousel cake tutorial.
For more ideas on creating card and foamcoare carousel canopies, see the following tutorials:
- carousel canopy tutorial by Analy Garcia
- carousel tutorial by Crafting by Bella
If you want to create a carousel canopy from cake, have a look at Serious Cakes tutorial here: carousel cakes tutorial. Plus, there are some more step-by-step instructions here on carving a cake canopy for a carousel cake from Tarttokig.
For a super simple carousel cake, Fiona Cairns has full instructions for her card carousel topper (below left) in her book: The Birthday Cake Book.
Even simpler still is to finish a cake with the Wilton carousel cake set (below right) which includes the plastic canopy, pillars and horses. The set is re-usable over and over again and is available to purchase here: Wilton Carousel Cake Set.
Karen Davies has a great silicone horse mouldavailable which is perfect for carousel cakes – as well as instructions to make a full carousel cake in her book A Cake for Models or Moulds 2.
As for design inspiration, we have two more beautiful vintage style carousel cakes below by Cake Central contributor Shaz1147 (left) and by Burcin Birdane (right).
For more inspiration, we have a pretty pink and blue candy-style carousel cake or merry-go-round cake by Sweet Tweets Cakery via the Amy Atlas blog.
Below, Cakes Decor contributor Paul Delaney has created a classic vintage style carousel cake – the perfect centrepiece for a vintage sweet table or candy station.
Below, we have two fabulous carousel cakes in shades of blue, perfect for a little boy’s birthday party with a vintage theme by Zoe Clark Cakes (left) and by Bubolinkata (right).
Our final two cakes by Guilt Desserts (left) and via Tumblr (right) are both exquisite examples of beautifully sugarcrafted carousel cakes – fit for a prince or princess for their christening or birthday party.
Readers might also be interested in some of our other features on children’s cakes including:
- Beatrix Potter Cakes
- First Birthday Cakes
- Vintage Teddy Bear Cakes
- Teddy Bear Christening Cakes & Baby Cakes
- Teddy Bears’ Picnic Cakes
- Vintage Pram & Baby Carriage Cakes
- Bunny Rabbit Cakes
- Rocking Horse Cakes
- Baby Animals – Cakes For Little Ones
- Baby Deer Cakes for Woodland Baby Showers & Parties
- Whimsical Birdhouse Cakes & Tutorials
- Hot Air Balloon Cakes
- Ballerina Cakes
- Vintage Doll Cakes
- Flower Fairy Cakes
- Circus Cakes
- Puppy Dog Cakes & Tutorials
- Story Book Cakes & Tutorials
Coming Up Next: Part 2 of our Piping Techniques series – How to Pipe Swags and Drop Strings.
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