I designed this Country Horseshoe Birthday Cake for my brother's 50th birthday. This 9" two layer cake is basic chocolate with cream cheese filling and basic white frosting on top.
After a lot of experimenting with chocolate, both dark and baker's, along with rice crispy treats, I decided to make the "horseshoe" and the "50" out of gingerbread, which I pressed the indents into and make the nail holes in while it was fresh from the oven and still pliable. After it cools it would just break. I know, because I had to make it twice.
Then I piped on 1/2 of the green grass around the base and top and placed the "horseshoe". Rotated the cake, I set a single strand of brown piping around the cake and over the horseshoe. I then followed the first line with a second, crossing the lines at regular intervals for where I wanted the barbs on the wire to be, piping in the barbs next.
Then I did a bit more grass over the wire here and there to give the impression it was "in" the grass, rather than on top of it.
Lastly, I coated the "50" with a blue icing glaze so the color would stand out and placed it at an angle at the top of the horseshoe.
I'm happy to say it was a hit with the horsey crowd at my brother's birthday party bbq.
This horse cake was for my sister's 22nd birthday. She loves horses so I knew I had to make it with a horse.
I used a Wiltons rectangular cake pan 11x18. I mixed two cake mixes for this size pan. I lined the pan with wax paper so that after the cake was cooked it would be easy to have a flat top to decorate. My homemade icing consists of powdered sugar, Crisco shortening, milk, salt, almond extract,and vanilla extract.
I iced the cake first with a little of the icing before it was colored. Then I used a toothpick to sketch in my drawing on the cake. I tinted icing in pink, black and brown. I used the black first to outline the sketch using the writers tip then I piped in brown for the head using a small star tip. Then using the writers tip I used black and to make the mane I made the lines all one way then went over them in the other directions and so forth to make it look real.
Then I piped in the harness using pink and then the horseshoes I piped in the black "nails" and lines. I used a large star tip to pipe the edges around cake.
I got the idea for this Horse Birthday Cake from here. I enlarged the blank sketch, printed it and taped it together. I used 2 frozen 11x14 cakes that I froze. I laid the printout on them and cut it out.
My 19 yr old and I spent 4 hours on this cake. We iced with buttercream and painted the brown on with diluted Wilton coloring. We used a darker brown and the Wilton grass tip to do the mane and grass around the cake. We used straight Wilton black to do the eyes, nostrils and inside the ears.
I used a foam poster board to display cake. For the writing I used the basket weave tip, then we used a toothpick and put on black dots to look as though it was nails holding it together. Before we painted the brown on we used a toothpick to draw the outline for the eyes, diamond and nose.
This is the first cutout cake we have done. Thanks for all the ideas.