How to make a carousel cake

Updated February 21, 2017

Carousel cakes are beautiful edible displays for birthday parties and baby showers. You can use the traditional carousel horses or a favourite animal character or zoo animals. You can make the cake and biscuits in advance. Ice the biscuits and assemble the cake a few hours before the party takes place.

Bake and ice a two- or three-tiered round cake.

Bake, ice and decorate six horse- or animal-shaped sugar biscuits. They should be hard, crisp biscuits. Decorate with a icing saddle, tiny flowers, and icing bridle and reins. You can use 1.5 mm (1/16th inch) wide satin ribbon for reins.

Hold the dowel end flat to the table next to the cake. Mark the place where the top of the cake is on the dowel. Add 25 cm (10 inches) to this mark. Cut the excess length and save for another project.

Glue the ends of the three colours of ribbon to the top of the dowel with a glue gun. Wrap the ribbon in a spiral down the stick to the mark for the cake height measurement. Glue the ribbon ends to secure them.

Sink the dowel down through the centre of the cake leaving the ribbon spiral above the cake surface. Cut one 30 cm (12 inch) piece of ribbon from each colour. Place the ribbon centres on the top of the dowel and glue in place. You will have 6 pieces of ribbon hanging down. If needed, tap tiny brad nails into the ribbon and dowel. See illustration for placement of three ribbons.

Adhere the decorated biscuits to the sticks of rock with cake frosting. When dry, place the rock into the cake at equal intervals.

Pull one of the six ribbons and place it onto the pole of a horse. Pipe two leaves to hold the ribbon in place. Top with a tiny icing flower. Repeat with the other five ribbons.

Place dried icing flowers at the base of the dowel. Pipe leaves to give a finished look. Pipe leaves on the base of the horse sticks and sides of the cake and set flowers on to the leaves to adhere.


Sticks of rock can be substituted for ribbon-wrapped dowels. This is wise if the cake is done more than 12 hours ahead.

Things You'll Need

  • Round cake pans
  • Animal or horse biscuit cutters
  • Icing
  • Six sticks of rock
  • Icing flowers
  • Leaf piping tip
  • Cake icing decorator bag
  • 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide satin or curling ribbon in three colours
  • Dowel rod
  • Turntable cake stand
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Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written online content for various websites. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Children's Literature course in 1988.