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Merry-Go-Round Cake

Merry-Go-Round Cake
Makes:
12
Prep Time:
20
minutes
Total Time:
100
minutes
based on
40 reviews
Merry-Go-Round Cake is sweet and whimsical and the perfect centerpiece for any birthday celebration.

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Ingredients:

  • CAKE
  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
  • BUTTER FROSTING
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

PREHEAT oven according to cake mix package directions. Grease and flour two 9-inch-round cake pans.

FOR CAKE:
PREPARE
cake mix according to package directions. Pour half of cake batter into prepared pans. Stir Nesquik and milk into remaining batter. Stir in morsels. Spoon chocolate batter over plain batter in each pan; gently cut through batters to marble.


BAKE according to cake mix package directions. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Place one cake on serving platter; spread about 1/2 cup Butter Frosting over top of cake. Top with remaining cake; frost with remaining Butter Frosting.

DECORATE as desired following decorating tips below.

FOR BUTTER FROSTING:
BEAT
butter in small mixer bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in 2 cups sugar. Slowly beat in 1/4 cup milk and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in remaining sugar. Beat in additional milk until of spreading consistency.

DECORATING TIPS
• For triangle and animal cookie cutouts, prepare your favorite sugar-cookie cutout dough; roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out three 4 x 2-inch rectangles; cut each rectangle diagonally in two to form triangles. Reroll dough. Using cookie cutters, cut out six to eight animal shapes (about 2 1/2 inches tall). Bake and cool. Glaze animal shapes with yellow-tinted powdered sugar icing.

• Prepare another batch of Butter Frosting. Use food colorings to tint one fourth of the frosting blue, one fourth of the frosting yellow, one fourth of the frosting purple, and one fourth of the frosting pink.

• Using a decorating bag fitted with a coupler and a medium leaf tip, pipe the blue frosting to make six lines coming out from center on the top of the frosted cake. Top each blue line with a triangle-shaped cookie cutout, with short sides of triangles meeting in center. Top each triangle cookie cutout with a round mint, using frosting to attach. Affix a gumball on top of mint with a little frosting.

• Using a decorating bag fitted with a small star tip, pipe yellow frosting around edge of top cake layer. Using a decorating bag fitted with a small leaf tip, pipe purple frosting over top edge of each triangle-shaped cookie cutout. Using a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip, pipe pink frosting into a line of dots on top of purple frosting.

• Refit the decorating bag filled with blue frosting with a small star tip (if decorating bag doesn’t have a coupler, fit a new bag with small star tip and put blue frosting in bag). Pipe blue frosting around bottom of cake. Pipe blue, pink, and purple frosting onto glazed animal-shaped cookie cutouts to add decorative accents. Use a little frosting on the back of each animal-shaped cookie cutout to affix cutouts to sides of cake.


Reviews:

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    Merry-Go-Round Cake

    DONNA PETERSON from WINNIPEG MANITOBA, MB

    Great cake for a baby shower. Everyone loved it!

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    MERRY-GO-ROUND CAKE

    VICKI OTT from EDINBURGH, IN

    THIS WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO PUT TOGETHER BUT WORTH THE TIME AND EFFORT. IT TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL.

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    Merry-Go-Round Cake

    Lori Wilson from Corpus Christi, TX

    As a professional cake decorater, I found this recipe very easy to follow and the kids really enjoy doing cakes like this one !

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    Baby Shower Hit

    Susan Hendrick from Littleton, CO

    I made this for my friend's baby shower and it was a hit! Everyone absolutely loved it!

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    Great Cake

    RACHAEL FLEM from VINELAND, NJ

    My 2 year old was so excited when she seen this cake I made! She had even more fun eating it. I will definitely use this recipie again.

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    A beautiful Cake

    Eileen Gray from Hagatna, AP

    This is a very beautiful cake, for a beautiful baby. I will make this cake for my next beautiful child's birthday cake.

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    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!

    Caitlin Bancroft from Burbank, CA

    The colors are amazing and perfect for a child's birthday! Perfect 10! Plus, it tastes absolutely delicious!

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    simply a beautiful cake

    MICHELLE MORRIS from VALPARAISO, IN

    this definitly would be a 1st choice for my son's 1st birthday if he had been a girl. ill make sure my friend gets the recipe so she can decide if she wants to bake this beautiful cake.

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    it kept them coming back

    Rachael Turner from Lyndon station, WI

    I did this cake for my daughters birthday party, and I think the parents liked it more than the kids did. Everyone wanted the recipe.

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    Merry-Go-Round Cake

    Alice Keeney from STRONGSVILLE, OH

    This is a great little cake!

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    Merry-Go-Round Cake

    JIM APLIN from ORLANDO, FL

    I like to use this recipe & decorate it with a Christmas theme. Making the top look like a tree of christmas lights & make red, blue & green ormaments using frosting. You almost hate to eat it when your thru making it.

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    Perfect for a small baby shower!

    Cheryl Quiroz from VALLEY VILLAGE, CA

    I made this cake for a baby shower...all in pink...white and blue...easy and everyone loved it.

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    Merry-Go-Round Cake

    Rachael Pipp from MILWAUKEE, WI

    Taste's great and fun fun for kids to make!

  •  Star(s)

    Chloe had a happy birthday!!!

    Doug Carter, Jr. from Gilmer, TX

    We made this for our neice's birthday party. It was a real winner with everyone.

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    Beautiful cake

    Debra Grady from OAK LAWN, IL

    I made this for my daughters birthday and she loved it. Really moist and delicious too.

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    JUST DANDY!

    DA ORLOSKI from MENTOR, OH

    THIS IS SUCH A CUTE LITTLE CAKE AND IT'S SO MOIST AND DELICIOUS TOO.

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    snickerdoodles

    michelle phillips from kendallville, IN

    oh i just loved your recipe. i make them all the time.

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    neat cake

    salina jimenez from kingsville, TX

    this cake was neat to make but with homemade cookie animal the cake would look even better! great job overall!

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    merry go round cake

    Carine Nadel from LAGUNA HILLS, CA

    This was fun to make and tasted just as expected. Good to use for a theme event for a kids party

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    merry go round cake

    donna hollowell from allegany, NY

    i make this and it was a great hit with the kids

  •  Star(s)

    great memory

    Jennifer Clayton from Lutz, FL

    My mother made all four of us kids a cake similar to this for our first birthday. I saw this picture and had a great flash back. I am 28 now and I have made it for some of my nieces and nephews. It was always a hit in our home. However, we used extra cake and piled icing to make the top and used a candle in the middle for the

  •  Star(s)

    wow

    kristy schultze from coquitlam, BC

    it was quite difficuilt to accomplish the LOOK but it was well worth it!!!

  •  Star(s)

    1st Birthday

    Kylie Bard from Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA

    I wanted a cute cake for my daughter's first birthday, and I was happy to find this cake. Decorating was easy, and my daughter loved it!

  •  Star(s)

    Love the recipe

    Janet from San Antonio

    I love this recipe. My lil girl loved this cake so much that she wants me to make it every time.

  •  Star(s)

    Great 1st birthday cake

    Jeri Haley from Tenino, WA

    Anyone who has a little one will love this recipe for the baby's first birthday. You can decorate your little heart out and the child will love it too.

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    Very good

    Theresa Gilbert from Oswego, NY

    The cake was very moist and liked by all.

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    My boys loved it!

    Allison from minnesota

    Mmmm! this cake was so delicious! i made this cake for my oldest boys hockey party and they inhaled it! i got many comments from other moms on the cake! i decorated it with hockey sticks and nets and pucks and other hockey equiptment so it wouldnt look so " girly" I make this cake for every occasion now!

  •  Star(s)

    Merry Go Round Cake

    Karen Gordon from Tinley Park, IL

    I tried this only I used a white cake mix calling for egg whites, making it less fattening, it was delicious!! My whole family loved it!

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    baby shower centerpiece

    Wendy Cary from Westlake Village, CA

    I baked this cake for a girlfriend's baby shower. It came out so terrific looking it became the centerpiece for the party. The cake was so cute everyone wanted to know how to make it.

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    Merry Go Round Cake

    elizabeth spiegel from Atlanta, GA

    What a cute way to have a special cake! It was fun to make and my grandchildren loved it.

  •  Star(s)

    fun merry go round

    Toni Hensley from Green Mountain, NC

    I made this cake for my husband and kids. It was a wonderful hit. The cake was so moist and delicious. My husband has asked me to make the cake for him again the afternoon. I also had a lot of fun making and decorating it.

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    wonderful idea

    LAURA DOSSANTOS from RUTHERFORDTON, NC

    This is a great thing for anyones birthday not just for kids especially if you like merry go rounds

  •  Star(s)

    Merry-Go-Round cake

    Wanda Eminhizer from Milroy, Pa

    This was very easy to make and everyone love the cake

  •  Star(s)

    Merry-Go-Round Cake

    Betty Barrett from oakhurst, CA

    Very moist and tasty.

  •  Star(s)

    Merry Go Round Cake

    Tina Birkett from Wheeling, WV

    What a terrific and cute idea for a baby shower! You can decorate according to the baby's sex, if you know it or do it in unisex colors!

  •  Star(s)

    Merry-Go-Round Cake

    PHYLLIS WIEDNER from Highland, IL

    Made this cake for a friend's grandchild. She said it was a big hit with everychild at her grandchild's birthday. The parents were asking her for the recipe, and she refered them to me. The cake was really moist and delicious.

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    Excellent

    Francesca DiPietro from Hartsdale, NY

    The cake was delicious and also beautiful! A real pleaser!

  •  Star(s)

    Merry - Go - Round Cake

    Patty Clark from Phoenix, AZ

    Great Recipe! I baked this cake for my Grandson's 5th birthday party. I baked the cake in a 9"x 13" pan, it came out great. I got nothing but complements and the kids just love the chocolate chips right in the cake.

  •  Star(s)

    try it

    SeR Lui from singapore, SK

    I made the cake for my friend's birthday and she loved it!

  •  Star(s)

    Best Cake!

    Nessie from the beach, va

    i tried this cake for the first time ever making a two layer cake. ohmygoodness, this is such a delicious cake!! and i decorated it w/ pilsbury icing rather than the homemade, and added sprinkles,and its very good. i highly recommend this recipe:)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 12 

  • Calories: 460
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Carbohydrates: 84g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 77g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 2% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 8% of DV
  • Iron: 6% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Merry-Go-Round Cake

Ingredients

  • CAKE
  • 1 package (18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ NESQUIK Chocolate Flavor Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
  • BUTTER FROSTING
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven according to cake mix package directions. Grease and flour two 9-inch-round cake pans.

FOR CAKE:
PREPARE
cake mix according to package directions. Pour half of cake batter into prepared pans. Stir Nesquik and milk into remaining batter. Stir in morsels. Spoon chocolate batter over plain batter in each pan; gently cut through batters to marble.


BAKE according to cake mix package directions. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Place one cake on serving platter; spread about 1/2 cup Butter Frosting over top of cake. Top with remaining cake; frost with remaining Butter Frosting.

DECORATE as desired following decorating tips below.

FOR BUTTER FROSTING:
BEAT
butter in small mixer bowl until fluffy. Gradually beat in 2 cups sugar. Slowly beat in 1/4 cup milk and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in remaining sugar. Beat in additional milk until of spreading consistency.

DECORATING TIPS
• For triangle and animal cookie cutouts, prepare your favorite sugar-cookie cutout dough; roll out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out three 4 x 2-inch rectangles; cut each rectangle diagonally in two to form triangles. Reroll dough. Using cookie cutters, cut out six to eight animal shapes (about 2 1/2 inches tall). Bake and cool. Glaze animal shapes with yellow-tinted powdered sugar icing.

• Prepare another batch of Butter Frosting. Use food colorings to tint one fourth of the frosting blue, one fourth of the frosting yellow, one fourth of the frosting purple, and one fourth of the frosting pink.

• Using a decorating bag fitted with a coupler and a medium leaf tip, pipe the blue frosting to make six lines coming out from center on the top of the frosted cake. Top each blue line with a triangle-shaped cookie cutout, with short sides of triangles meeting in center. Top each triangle cookie cutout with a round mint, using frosting to attach. Affix a gumball on top of mint with a little frosting.

• Using a decorating bag fitted with a small star tip, pipe yellow frosting around edge of top cake layer. Using a decorating bag fitted with a small leaf tip, pipe purple frosting over top edge of each triangle-shaped cookie cutout. Using a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip, pipe pink frosting into a line of dots on top of purple frosting.

• Refit the decorating bag filled with blue frosting with a small star tip (if decorating bag doesn’t have a coupler, fit a new bag with small star tip and put blue frosting in bag). Pipe blue frosting around bottom of cake. Pipe blue, pink, and purple frosting onto glazed animal-shaped cookie cutouts to add decorative accents. Use a little frosting on the back of each animal-shaped cookie cutout to affix cutouts to sides of cake.

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