Make a carousel cake to surprise your favourite horse lover on his or her birthday. Begin by purchasing a carousel cake kit, which should include the tier stands for the cake as well as the horses and carousel unit. Some kits include carousel pieces that sit directly on top of the cake, while others have a base for one cake layer at the bottom and another tier for a second layer at the top, sandwiching the carousel in the middle. Either way, you can create a two-color cake with a simple batter-marbling technique and two frosting colours to decorate.
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Things you need
- Carousel cake kit
- Round cake pans
- White cake batter
- Food colouring
- Wooden skewer
- Flat baking tray
Find the size of the cake base included with your carousel kit. This will be the size cakes you need to make; for example, a 9-inch round cake pan.
Grease and flour the cake pans, then line the bottoms with circles of parchment paper.
Prepare a double batch of cake batter if you are making two cake tiers, each with a double layer. Divide the batter evenly between two bowls.
Add the desired food colouring to each bowl of cake batter.
Fill half of each cake pan with one colour of cake batter.
Drop large dollops of the second-colour cake batter on top of the batter already in the pans. Swirl the batters together with a wooden skewer until a marble effect is achieved. Bake the cake according to your recipe.
Removed the cake layers from the oven and allow to cool completely. Turn them out onto a baking tray with flat edges; the sheet makes it easier to transfer the layers later. Frost with a thin layer of frosting to create a smooth surface and prevent crumbs.
Set aside about one cup of frosting to use for piping a border. Add food colouring to dye the rest of the frosting. Frost between cake layers and then frost the outside of the cake.
Assemble the carousel pieces. Move the cakes to the cake bases by sliding them carefully from the baking tray.
Dye the remainder of your frosting in a contrasting colour. Use the colours in the carousel kit as a guide for appropriate colours. Pipe a shell or star border around the edges of the cakes.
Tips and warnings
- Add extra carousel-inspired effects by brushing gold glitter on the piped borders and by piping a ribbon swag around the sides of the cake.
- Swirl the batters together just until you have achieved a swirl pattern. Over-swirling will blend the colours together too much.
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