- 1 (8-inch) round
- 1 (9-inch) square cake
- ½ can (1 cup) vanilla frosting
- 1 can (16 oz) chocolate frosting
- 1 black jelly bean
- 1 Junior Mint
- Chocolate sprinkles
- 1 roll red Fruit by the Foot
- 1 white Necco wafer
- 10 chocolate Twizzlers
What you'll need:
- A serving platter
- Scissors or kitchen shears
- 2 resealable sandwich-size plastic bags (Ziploc)
Trimming the cakes:
- Cut a 1-inch-deep slice from 2 sides of the round cake (see template). Cut one of the trimmed pieces in half to use as the ears.
- Trim the square cake as pictured in the diagram. Arrange the cakes on a serving platter as pictured in template.
Frosting the cake:
- Spoon the vanilla frosting into a resealable plastic bag.
- Spoon 2 Tbsp of the chocolate frosting into another resealable plastic bag.
- Spread the remaining chocolate frosting over the top and sides of cake and make smooth.
To complete the decoration:
- Snip a small corner from the bags with the vanilla and chocolate frosting.
- Pipe vanilla frosting on the ears and the top of the nose.
- Add the jelly bean as the nostril.
- Pipe a 1 ½-inch white circle for the eye. Press the Junior Mint into the circle's center as the iris.
- Pipe a chocolate-frosting eyelid above the white circle. Insert chocolate sprinkles upright around the eye as the eyelashes. Pipe a white dot onto the Junior Mint to add sparkle to the eye.
- Add the red Fruit by the Foot and the Necco wafer as pictured for the harness.
- Cut the chocolate Twizzlers into thin strands, each about 3 to 4 inches long. Arrange the cut chocolate Twizzlers down the back of the horse's head as the mane.
You can still find this cake design available at http://www.parenting.com/article/how-to-make-a-horse-cake.
I always make alterations to the final designs with what I think will look the best. This cake was for my daughter and she wanted it pink. So, white icing and red food coloring, here we come. I wasn't even thinking about writing a blog in 2003, so I'm sorry I do not have any process photos for you. But, this is how it came out.
So, I substituted the chocolate licorice hair for fruit by the foot. I did not add a bridle and went a little crazy with the flower sprinkles. I still used the junior mint eye. Unfortunately, those are fake flowers. I was soooo not that good then.
Since the horse cake, I have only made one other. Well, it was a unicorn. But, a horse. A friend of mine asked me to make a unicorn cake for her daughter's second birthday. It was made pretty much the same cake. I just pulled the printout from Parenting.com out of my file cabinet and improvised a horn. I wanted to use fondant for the icing. However, no one I know really likes fondant. So, I made a simple confectioners sugar icing.
I actually preferred my first cake. But, the birthday girl and mom were happy; And that's all that really matters right?
So, this was my small transformation. Really the only difference between the two cakes was that I made my cake and icing from scratch, and the icing was a bit smoother on the second cake. The next cake I'll tell you about will be my pirate cakes. They took me to a new level of cake construction and a new fondant called marshmallow fondant.
Until then, have a day full of cake!