My daughter and I worked together to make this Jumping Horse Birthday Cake for her 11th birthday. It is made from (2) homemade 9x13 sheet cakes. We froze one layer – wrapped in foil then wrapped in plastic wrap. My daughter used a 9x13 piece of paper to draw a jumping horse. We cut it out and laid it on the frozen cake. It would be easy enough to find a suitable horse image silhouette, enlarge it and cut it out. The larger, the easier it is to cut out.
To cut the other cake into a jumping horse, I used a thin serrated knife and followed the outline of the paper cut out (it sticks to the cake). Hold the knife perpendicular to the cake and make short up and down motions – this really helps with control and making tight corners. Then we carefully removed the cut out and the “excess” cake. We cut large areas of excess into smaller pieces to easily remove. Around the head/neck/leg area, I used a bamboo skewer to pick out the cake bits. We returned the jumping horse cake to the freezer – gently wrapped in foil and then plastic wrap.
We made a caramel frosting and frosted the base layer. Then placed the partially thawed horse layer on the base and frosted it. Using the back of a metal teaspoon really helped smooth it on to the sides of the horse and a mini spatula really helped smooth it out in the corners. We used a bamboo skewer to make hair lines on the mane and tail and used a small bit of white tube icing mixed with water (to get the right consistency) to create the white spots and turn it into a jumping Paint.
This was a race horse cake made for a birthday party for a former horse racer. They had asked for a horse done in icing on the cake but I decided that I would try a 2D sculpture. I used a few images of horses on the internet and drew a sketch of the size and shape I wanted.
Then I sculpted the fondant over my sketch to keep things the right size. This was also my first attempt at making a fondant sculpture for a cake. I really enjoyed making it and coated it in sugar water to glaze. The hair is a tip 2 or 3 and piped along.
I made this Mule Cake cake for my grandfather's 90th birthday celebration as requested by my father. This is the 2nd original cake I've ever made. I searched and searched for a mule cake but could only find horse cakes, so I'm posting this in case there's anyone else that might need a mule cake!
I used 3 box cake mixes, 4 chocolate icings, and 1 white icing with about 2 spoonfuls dyed black/grey for the ear. I also used black fondant for the nostrils and eye. I don't usually use store bought icing for piping and won't do it again. Your hand will ache afterward!