This might be one of the most fun cakes I've made in awhile. A Carnival Cake with Candy Apple & Popcorn!
I'm on a mini-vacation with the family so I'm going to keep this post short & sweet. Honestly, I'm taking a little break from our vacation to write this 😉
Does anybody else do that? Need a vacation from their vacation? I don't mean that in a bad way at all... I'm absolutely loving this time with our family and I don't need a break from my them! But we're at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX and this Mommy is feeling a bit water-logged.
Who knew kids could ride water slides for hours and hours on end without wanting a break?! They barely want to stop and eat - let alone hang out in the room and be dry for 5 minutes. Ha! On the upside, an indoor water-park where I don't have to worry about sunburn? Yes, please.
Then again, that's why we're here... to splash and swim and float and slide. And boy we've been doing it!
So anyway... Richy and the kids were headed back to play one more time tonight and I promised I'd catch up with them soon, so let's get on with the cake!
Alrighty, so I'll start with the basics. The top tier was (1) 5" round cake and (2) 6" round cakes - stacked and carved to get the tapered "box of popcorn" shape. The bottom tier was (2) 8" rounds and (1) 7" round cakes - also carved to give that wonky shape!
The cake was white sour cream cake filled and covered with vanilla buttercream. I used homemade marshmallow fondant for almost all of the decorations except for Satin Ice Red fondant for all of the red on the cake.
The candy apple was rice cereal treats covered with red fondant, then I painted on some Confectioners Glaze to make it shiny and pretty! And then there's the popcorn of course... I love making fondant popcorn!
I have a tutorial for how to make the fondant popcorn here and even a short little video 🙂 And making it is so seriously easy and fun to give your cakes a little extra "wow" factor!
After carving the top tier (it was 3 layers of cake), I used a panel technique to wrap the top tier in fondant, then I used my favorite ribbon cutter to add the pink stripes. I used plaque cutter to do the plaque on the front and sadly, I can't remember where I got the "3" number cutter (it's part of a set that I love!).
On the bottom tier, I used a diamond cutter for the pattern, then used a mini round plunger cutter for the gold dots (also painted with the luster dust/lemon extract mixture). For the bottom tier, I added a pearl bead border using this pearl mold.
I covered the board in gold glitter paper and wrapped it in red ribbon. I have a tutorial for covering a cake board with glitter paper and ribbon here.
And that's it I think... this was a pretty big cake (around 50 servings) and it was a little wobbly when I moved it (scary!!) but I had it doweled well and I know it made it safely to the venue!!
Do you love this Carnival Cake as much as I do? Do you have any questions? Leave me a comment!
Here are some other carnival/circus sweets I've done: