This is the third cake I’ve done so I’m no master at it but it was a lot of fun making this cowboy cake. This cake was inspired for my son’s 2nd birthday party: a pony ride party at a horse farm! I had some ideas but checked the web and got some other cool ideas from people posting pics, so thanks to you if you think my cake resembles something you did.

I used butter cream icing, but cheated this time and got good results from Wilton’s box icing and saved a little time. This was my wife’s idea because last year she helped by making all the butter cream icing from scratch, she now hates powdered sugar! Also used Wilton’s fondant and just kneaded in the color.

Here are my tips:

#1: use no-taste red and make this icing the day before. The red seems to darken overnight whereas it looked light red while making it.

#2: to attach the fondant “spots” i lightly wet the back and then placed it to help it stick to the butter cream icing.

#3: i cut the fondant banner and let it dry on a cooling rack to get slightly stiff. then i put the cake pan on a dish towel and set the banner how i wanted it around the pan, the towel helped the banner not slide so it could dry more and take the shape i wanted around the cake.

#4: i made the rope from fondant and used it to make a platform for the horse/rider so it wouldn’t sink into the cake.

I disguised a “2” as a brown spot and also on the back of the cake in the bandanna design.