My daughter loves horses and ponies and I wanted to make her something different from what I usually make. I got the idea for this Horse Birthday Cake Design from a horse picture I drew on her bedroom wall. Firstly I baked a basic Victoria sponge mix in a baking tray. For this mixture I used 12 ounces of self-raising flour, 2 teaspoons of bi-carb, 6 eggs, 6 ounces of sugar, 12 ounces of butter and 2 tablespoons of milk.
When the cake had cooled iI then cut of the edges of the cake. While waiting for it to cool, I made up the butter icing. I used cocoa powder to make the brown icing and used green food colouring for the green. It is meant to represent grass. I would have used licorice for the horses mane but as my children don't like it, I used cola straws instead. I used a black icing pen to do a rough outline for the main then cut the cola strips to fit inside the outline. I used black icing pen for the eye and the nostrils.
It was a lot easier than I thought and as I have never done anything like this before, I was really very pleased. It only took about 2-3 hours start to finish.
For my daughter's third birthday, she requested a Horse Birthday Cake Idea. This year we had two birthday parties for her, one with each side of the family. So for the out-of-town birthday cake, I made this Horse cake.
I used two box mixes to make the chocolate cake. They are 9x13 chocolate cakes layered on top of each other with icing in between the layers. The icing is a modified buttercream recipe with creme bouquet flavoring added. I used Wilton gel food coloring to dye the icing each color. The grass was made using Wilton's grass icing tip. I used short strokes on top to cover the top of the cake. For the sides, I laid it down like ribbon to cover the cake evenly.
I used the small star tip to make little pink flowers that I clustered randomly around the cake. We had bought some plastic fencing from a local craft store to make the corral. The horse cookies are sugar cookies with royal icing I had made in advance. I just pushed them into the cake and used toothpicks as stakes to help prop them up.
My 4 year old daughter loved horses so I decided on a Horse Birthday Cake Idea. I came on this website for some ideas and came up with this one as the best for me.
I drew a template on paper first and then used it to cut out the cake. I used a large cake pan with 4 boxes of cake mix! Yes it was a huge cake!! Chocolate frosting and then I put some darker chocolate frosting in a piping bag and created the mane for the horse and the mouth and nose.
The cake was a HUGE hit and my daughter LOVED it! It was my favorite to make so far....and took about 4 hours total to do.....almost 2 hours to frost and decorate alone. We had to transport it to her party and had put the cake on a sturdy cardboard box cut to size and covered with aluminum foil. Then I had to find a box to put over the cake while transporting it to protect it. We made it there safe and sound!!