My daughter wanted a horse cake for her 7th birthday. I decided to make an 11x15 "pasture" out of red velvet cake filled with cream cheese frosting. The horse was made with a two layer 9x13 chocolate cake filled with cream cheese frosting, and carved to the shape of a horse's head. For the horse shape, I used a picture that I found and copied it free hand onto a piece of parchment paper and then used a toothpick to etch the drawing onto the 9x13 cake. Both the pasture and the horse were covered with regular buttercream frosting crumb-coat before decorating.
To get the smooth texture of the frosting on the horse I let the frosting set for about an hour and then I used my fingers dipped in powdered sugar to pat the raised spots and flatten out the frosting. I used black food coloring on a toothpick to make the eye lashes and to outline the eye. The most difficult part of this cake was carving and crumb-coating the horse, but it paid off in the end because my daughter and her friends loved it.
I prepared cupcakes and used marshmallow fondant tinted with blue and saved some white for the eyes, then I dabbed food coloring to make the pupils. I used Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix to prepare cup cakes.
I made my fondant with: 1 lbs mini marshmallows 3 tablespoons water 2 lbs powder sugar 1/2 cup store brand shortening (using name band usually has zero trans fat, and you need that trans fat) 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon corn syrup food coloring
Melt marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave or double boiler: Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds, open microwave and stir, back in microwave for 30 seconds more, open microwave and stir again, and continue doing this until melted. It usually takes about 2 ½ minutes total.
Place 3/4 of the sugar on the top of the of the powdered melted marshmallow mix. Then grease hands and need the mixture like dough. When your ready to roll out fondant use your corn starch as "flour." Stretch over the cup cakes and decorate. Use corn syrup to stick pieces together.
My husband made this horse cake for me for my 31st birthday. I had just put my horse down and was really sad.
We made the cake with a 10X10 and a 10X13 pan and the horse was a cut out and placed on top. The whole bottom cake was frosted with butter cream frosting and the top layer was frosted with chocolate frosting with a star tip. Then for the hair we used a hair tip - it did fall after it was on which was disappointing.
For the ears we cut chocolate into triangles and put them on. For the lettering and the edging we mixed up pink butter cream frosting. The hooves, mouth and eyes are black frosting.
Everyone who saw this cake and the other one my husband has done has said he needs to do this. He is a home builder and enjoys a challenge. Who knew he would be a cake maker.
Just follow your recipe for making chocolate chip bar bookies. For the picture on the horse cake, I had 'Spirit' in mind even though it doesn't look like Spirit! I drew the horse on the cake freehand with black piping gel. It was easy to wipe off if I made a mistake.
Once I had the outline right I filled it in with frosting. I used spray food coloring for the red sunset in the background, plus the red covered any black piping gel that didn't wipe off. I used a leaf tip to make the grass, and just a writing tip to make the flowers.