How to Make a Miniature Carousel

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How to Make a Miniature Carousel
Make an edible version of the classic carnival ride. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Turn a cake decorating turntable into a miniature carousel to use as a decoration or for an edible party treat. You can cover the turntable with styrofoam cake shapes and decorate it with animal figurines for a carousel that will last as long as you would like. For a creative party cake, transform the turntable into a carousel by topping it with real icing-covered cakes and adorning the carousel with animal-shaped cookies.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Store-bought cake mixes (2)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 10-inch round cake pans (3)
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray or butter
  • Serrated knife
  • Buttercream icing
  • Icing spatula
  • Cake decorating turntable
  • Candy-coated chocolates and gumdrops
  • Packaged sugar cookie mix
  • Cling film
  • Rolling pin
  • Flour
  • Horse-shaped cookie cutters
  • 1/8-inch-thick wooden skewers
  • Baking tray

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Instructions

    The Carousel

  1. 1

    Prepare two cake mixes in one large bowl. Follow the preparation instructions on the cake mix packages.

  2. 2

    Grease the sides and bottoms of three 10-inch round cake pans and divide the batter among the three pans. Bake the cakes according to the instructions from the cake mix.

  3. 3

    Cool the cakes at room temperature in the pans and then transfer each cake onto a clean working surface.

  4. 4

    Cut off the domed top from two of the cakes. Leave the domed top on the third cake.

  5. 5

    Cover one of the flat-topped cakes with buttercream icing and place the other flat-topped cake on top.

  6. 6

    Place the cake decorating turntable on top of the two-layer cake and coat it with a thin layer of icing to blend in with the cake.

  7. 7

    Place the domed-top cake on top of the turntable and cover it with a smooth, thick layer of icing. Decorate the edges of the cakes with candy-coated chocolates, gumdrops or other colourful candies.

    The Cookie Animals

  1. 1

    Prepare a store-bought package of sugar cookie dough according to the package directions.

  2. 2

    Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.

  3. 3

    Roll out the cookie dough on a floured surface until the dough is about 1/4-inch thick. Cut animal shapes, such as horses, from the cookie dough and insert a 1/8-inch-thick wooden skewer in the top of each cookie. To insert the skewer, rotate the cookie horse so that the horse is upside down in front of you. Slide the skewer into the cookie, in between the head and the tail. Keep sliding the skewer into the cookie until it reaches about halfway to the underside of the horse's belly.

  4. 4

    Arrange the cookies on an ungreased baking tray. Place one cookie near the top left side of the pan. Place the next cookie upside down, about 1 1/2 inches away. Place the next cookie right side up, about 1/2 inches away again. Continue until all cookies are on the baking tray. Bake according to package directions and then cool to room temperature.

  5. 5

    Spread a little bit of icing on each cookie and insert the wooden skewer into the underside of the cake on top of the turntable.

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