When you can't get her the pony, make her the next best thing.
If your youngster can't wait to become a horseback riding pro, surprise your little enthusiast with a realistic-looking horse cake for his next birthday celebration. This cake is so impressive that you can use it as the party's centerpiece to highlight the theme of the day. And if you've never decorated with fondant before, relax. The cake is a snap to make, even for novice cake decorators, so everybody will think you must be a pro!
1Whip up your favorite cake batter and use it to fill the horse-shaped cake pan. You'll only want the cake pan about 2/3 full. If you have some batter left over, pour it into a cupcake pan for an extra little treat. You can always top the cupcakes with horse-shaped cookies later to complement the party's theme.
2Slide the cake pan in the oven and bake according to your recipe's instructions. If you have a deep horse-shaped cake pan, check on the cake about 3/4 of the way through and cover with some aluminum foil to prevent the top from overcooking. Cool the cake for 20 to 30 minutes in the horse pan and then flip it over gently onto a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
3Roll out the fondant to about 1/8-inch thickness while your horse head cools. You can use any color fondant to coordinate with your party's color scheme. Make a realistic horse with brown or white fondant, or make a fantastical creature with pink or blue. To color white fondant, mix in a bit of gel or powder food coloring.
4Cover the horse head with a thin layer of your favorite frosting. Keep the coat thin so you can still see the horse’s features left by the cake pan.
5Slide a spatula under the edge of the fondant, lift it up and drape it over the horse head. Smooth the fondant over the horse gently and then press it gently into the features of the horse using a ball tool. Trim away the excess fondant at the bottom of the cake with a sharp knife.
6Roll out some more fondant for the horse's mane. Again, use any color you like for a realistic or fantastical horse. Delineate individual sections of hair using a fondant vein tool to etch a design in the fondant (such as drawing in the veins of a leaf). Just don't cut all the way through the fondant as you draw.
7Moisten the horse head with water using a paintbrush. Pick up the fondant carefully and lay it in place on the horse.
8Roll out a small piece of white fondant and cut it to create an eye for the horse. Roll out a smaller piece of dark brown fondant and cut it to fit within the white fondant eye. Moisten the white fondant and then place the black fondant on top. Moisten the eye on the horse head and transfer the completed eye to the horse.
Things You'll Need
- Cake mix
- Horse head-shaped cake pan
- Cupcake pan (optional)
- Aluminum foil
- Wire rack
- Gel or powder food coloring
- Rolling pin
- Fondant ball tool
- Fondant vein tool