The cake is step one in creating the perfect little girl's birthday party.
For any little girl, the cake is step one in creating the perfect birthday party. For a toddler or preschooler, animals are usually a much-loved option. If your little equestrian loves horses above all other animals, a cake decorated like a horse may be just the right centerpiece to her fantastic and fashionable birthday party. Don’t worry Mom -- this project is simpler than you think! And if it doesn’t turn out perfect -- not to worry -- your kiddo won’t judge!
1Make the cake as directed, using a rectangular baking dish. (If you are a stickler for homemade, feel free to prepare your own batter!) Cool completely. Freeze the cake for 30 minutes to a half an hour to make carving easier. If you are putting a filling in the center, cut the cake in half through the middle to create two layers and spread some icing or jam on top of the bottom layer.
2Print off a coloring page of a horse’s head and neck, or draw a sketch yourself if you are artistically inclined. Size the print to fit the baking pan you are using.
3Lay a piece of parchment paper over the coloring page. Trace the image onto parchment using a pencil, including any features you want to add later, like eyes or a bridle. Cut the image out. Pin the parchment paper image on the cake. Cut around it using a knife (pointed upwards rather than slanted). Remove the parchment paper and save for later.
4Add rounded details to the head, like a chin, cheek and forehead, using the cake pieces you cut away. Roll out fondant and place it gently over the cake, using your fingers to smooth the fondant and add shape. Typically, you would choose brown fondant, but you could use white -- or maybe your little girl prefers pink. There are no rules here!
5Extrude lighter or darker colored fondant to create the mane. Or, if you don’t have an extruder, make the mane out of long licorice strings. Let your creativity flow -- add colored beads to the “hair” for a pretty effect. Just be sure the kids don’t eat them!
6Cut out and form reigns using the contrasting color fondant, then place them over the horse’s face. Hand-shape the fondant to create ears and an eye, placing it on the cake where indicated by the parchment template. Use black gel food coloring for the center of the eye. Or, match your horse’s eye and hair color to your child’s eye and hair color for a personalized look. Sprinkle your cake with chocolate or colored sprinkles for an added treat.
Things You'll Need
- Cake mix and ingredients listed on package
- Rectangular baking pan
- Horse coloring page or drawing
- Parchment paper
- Fondant in two colors
- Extruder (optional)