On Saturday I spotted a lovely little carrousel cake in a Bakers shop window, which took my eye immediately. Two tone pink with cute little ribbons streaming from the canopy and cute pink little animals. I would have loved one like this for my birthday as a little girl with all fairy tale wonders. I wondered if I could manage to recreate something on these lines myself at home? How would I go about making a canopy then thoughts and ideas went flooding through my mind!
Sunday I put my idea for the canopy into a working project and made little pink elephants from sugarpaste, so they would all be dried out for using today. The canopy is made from two different pink card colours and little sugarpaste teddies and butterflies stuck on in the sections. The ribbons I ‘glued’ on too. For the central pole I used a wooden stick and covered it over with a drinking straw and glued in place through the centre top. A little circular card was formed for the finishing touches and glued into place on top.
I thought a classic Victoria sponge for the sponge cake would be good, which I filled with seedless raspberry jam and fluffy light pink buttercream keeping in with the theme of the whole cake.
The whole of the cake I covered in a light pink fondant icing. In the middle of the cake I used a darker pink and light pink fondant icing for the base of the carrousel to stand the pink elephants on. A little pink royal icing was piped around the base of the cake and also on the edges of the base of the carrousel in the middle of the cake, finished by adding little dots of darker pink to the centre of the piping work.
This is how my cake turned out just from one little peek in a Bakers shop window. The animals I even thought could have been brought in biscuit form like the Cadbury’s chocolate animals in packs in the supermarket.