My pony cake was actually supposed to turn out more like a my little pony ( MLP ) cake, but instead I opted to keep it as just a white pony with black hair. It was made with all my love for my daughter who just turned 4.
The beginning process wasn't easy. Stacked two cakes and crumb coated. I realized long after it had been frozen solid I should have actually stacked three cakes for easier carving, but I didn't. I ended up stacking pieces of the frozen cut pieces onto the top of the body for the arched back. I then loaded it with icing.
The fondant was not easy. I tried pink first and it didn't cooperate.... nothing did really. I went through 3 different fondant processes before getting it right.
I got the head on by using paint stir sticks, that didn't work either. It destroyed the whole front of the cake. I was tempted to give up but I decided to use something else and give my pony cake a great neck. A cleaned out shampoo bottle cut at the top and bottom worked excellent! Slid right into place after I patched the front end of the pony. I made the head out of rice krispie treats. Formed it into the shape I wanted, then put fondant on that.
Then I did the detailing. Made the eyes, the hair, hooves, etc. This was my second time making a complicated cake and was by FAR the absolute hardest. I do not use any kind of pattern or guides. This cake was 100% free hand. It took my about 13 hours spanned over 3 days total.
I needed a brown sugar buttercream to match the color of my niece Katie's favorite plush pony birthday cake, so I went searching on the Internet, and I found a "Pecan Praline Frosting" that was the perfect recipe! I left out the pecans, and this frosting hardens up as it cools, so is easy to smooth out (looks almost like fondant), and easy to work with.
I baked one chocolate and one white 9x13 cake, filled (with vanilla buttercream) and stacked the two cakes, after cooling, then carved the shape of the pony's head, and carved the ear out of scraps. Wrapped the whole thing up on the cutting board I carved on and froze it overnight.
The next morning, I made the Praline Frosting, and chocolate buttercream, then stuck the ear on with buttercream. Next, I frosted the whole cake with the Praline Frosting (did a thin "crumb coat," then a heavier final layer). Smoothed the frosting out with my metal spatula dipped warmed in hot water, then added the Bubble Tape bridle and reins (great idea from this site!) then piped on the mane and forelock.
The mane also has black sprinkles on it to match her pony. Added other mane detail, eyelashes, and nostril with melted chocolate chips, piped from a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off. The pupil in the eye is a purple Skittle. The cake was a HUGE hit my niece's 4th birthday!
The sunflower cupcakes are inspired by a new cupcake book I just received as a gift. The center of the cupcakes is 1/2 an Oreo, and the ladybugs are red Skittles with piped melted chocolate detail.