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Homemade Horse Birthday Cake

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.

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