Homemade birthday cakes don’t have to be difficult! This easy Horse Cake is perfect for the horse lover, and it so simple to make!
When my oldest was quite little, we started a birthday tradition. Each child gets to design how their birthday cake will look, what kind of cake and frosting it has, and they get to help make it if they want to. I have 2 that love to help with baking and decorating, and one that does not. Since it’s their birthday, I let them choose whether they help or not.
My oldest loves to help with the whole process, choosing a theme, baking the cake, making the frosting, and decorating the cake. For her 11th birthday, she decided she wanted a horse themed birthday party, with an easy horse cake.
It seems like most girls go through a horse loving stage around this age. Mine is into all things horses. We gave her horse riding lessons for her birthday present for her 10th birthday, and she’s had horse fever ever since, so it was no surprise that she wanted horse cake for her birthday.
I was pushing for a cake that looked like a horse, but she already had a plan. She wanted a layered cake frosted white, with gold horseshoes and gold rope, and she wanted a horse figurine on top.
I tried to talk her into something more complicated, but she was certain an easy horse cake was exactly what she wanted.
Since gold isn’t the easiest color of fondant to make I bought a package of gold fondant (this is an affiliate link, as are the following links).
To make the gold fondant rope, pinch off a chunk of fondant about the size of a large grape. Roll the fondant between your palms and the table, like you did to make a snake out of playdough. Once you have a gold snake, fold it in half, and twist one end, until it looks like a rope.
To make the gold fondant horseshoes, use a rolling pin to roll out fondant until it is the desired thickness. Mine were about 1/4″ thick. You can use a horseshoe cookie cutter, or you can attempt to cut them out by hand like I did. After cutting the shape, use a toothpick to make hole marks along the horseshoe.
To top the cake, we used a Schleich horse figurine. Wait to put the horse topper on the cake until shortly before the party, because ours kept sinking lower and lower into the cake.
If you love making your own birthday cakes, but you’re not on par with professional bakers, you’ll love our other birthday cake ideas. We offer birthday cake ideas that are easy enough for beginner bakers to make, and that don’t require special pans. Click on the picture or link below to see more of our cakes.
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