I made this Horse cake for my daughter's 15th birthday. She is crazy about horses. I used a large rectangular cake pan and covered the cake in a layer of light blue butter cream icing, smoothed with a hot decorating knife. I traced the shape of the horse and rider on top of the iced cake with a toothpick. I then filled in the details with a small point tube, a larger point tube and a small star tube. I then used the leftover colors and blended them in a bag to make the two tone shell work on the bottom edge. I used my mom's home-made butter cream icing recipe, which is really rather simple: a package of powdered sugar, about 1 cup of shortening, 1 tsp vanilla and some milk, then blended with an electric mixer, adding milk or powdered sugar until it is the desired consistency. I hardly ever measure. It is important for the star tube that the icing not be too runny, but that it has a good quantity of shortening and powdered sugar to keep the form of the stars and so they don't flatted in the heat. I used paste colors added to the white icing to make the different colors, since I get the best results for consistent color and no bleeding.
My great-granddaughter is taking riding lessons this winter and requested a Horse Birthday Cake for her birthday.
I prepared a large dense cake recipe in two 9x13 pans, one a little thinner than the other. Using ideas from this site, I copied, enlarged and cut the horse head shape out of paper. When the cakes were completely chilled, I transferred and cut the horse head shape out of the thinner cake layer.
Then iced it with chocolate (store bought) frosting. The bottom layer was iced with french vanilla frosting. I carefully lifted the chocolate horse head onto the white layer. I combined some vanilla and chocolate icing and piped on the mane.
Using fruit roll up (cut to size) I did the harness. The eye is a gob of white icing topped with a junior mint. Gummy hearts, filled licorice "flowers" with sugared fruit strips making the leaves and stems, black licorice whip for the reins, and gummy life savers complete the harness. I had picked up gummy teeth at the bulk store as well, but changed my mind about using them in case it made the horse look too goofy lol.
I made this Horse birthday cake for a friend's daughter. She loves horses and her mom wanted one for her 6th birthday. I used two 14" pans for the pasture and after crumb coating them, I covered them with "grass" in buttercream.
The horse is made by using the Wilton 3-D duck pan. I cut off the duck tail and built up the horse's muzzle with extra icing. Then I covered the whole thing with a #16 star tip. I used black icing and #21 star tip to pull out and make the tail and mane.
I did the bottom half of the horse and then placed it on the "pasture" where I wanted it, so I could touch the head to help steady it. I then finished decorating the rest of the horse. The "hay bails" are mini cupcakes decorated with a #21 star tip just pulled from bottom to top.
The "fence" is royal icing. My son made a template for me and I just used it over and over on parchment paper until I had enough. After they dried I attached them with icing to the sides.