Last week I made a merry-g0-round birthday cake for my seven year old with just a few simple supplies, and now you can make one too! Now of course one could get really fancy with this theme, but quite honestly sometimes simplicity takes the cake!
- chocolate cake baked in a bundt pan, my favorite recipe here
- chocolate mocha glaze, my recipe here
- striped sour candy strips, I cut mine in half vertically
- white candy sprinkles
- colored paper
- small pom poms
- a black marker
- wooden skewers
Draw carousel animals, I took the exact idea for these animals from Ed Emberly's great book Make A World, but you can certainly use any source for drawing simple animal shapes. When you cut out the first animal shape, cut out two layers of paper together, such that the mirror image animal for the flip side will naturally be the right size. Draw a second animal on the second piece of paper, and sandwich the skewer between the two animals. Add a pom pom with glue and a paper saddle in a contrasting color. I made two animals that were standing on the cake and two that were flying. If you have a larger cake you can probably fit a few more animals, and even a carousel roof, which I wanted to make but simply ran out of time!
Have fun with this one, and remember, the birthday cake is going to eaten in the end, so don't labor it too much, just be sure to have a few simply cute tricks up your sleeve!