Fondant makes cakes look smooth and flawless the way they appear in wedding photos and home magazines, but working with it is more difficult than it would appear. You can create horses to place on cakes or cupcakes with this versatile substance, but you must follow the proper procedures or you may end up with a puddle of fondant that used to be a horse on top of your cake.
Separate a ball of fondant about the size of a golf ball to make the body of the horse. Use whatever colour you like.
Separate another ball of fondant, slightly smaller than the first to make the head of the horse.
Separate six balls of fondant about the diameter of a dime for the four legs, mane and tail. Use the same colour of fondant that you used for the body and head for the four legs. Use another colour, if you like, for the mane and tail.
Separate four final balls of fondant about half the size of the dime-sized balls. These will be for the hooves.
Form the largest ball of fondant into a long body shape with rounded ends. Set it aside.
Form the neck and head with the ball of fondant you separated for the head. The neck should be as long as the body's height and the head should be about half the length of the neck. Pinch the top of the head twice to create two ears.
Slip your finger in some water and rub it over the bottom of the neck. Press the wet edge against the front end of the body. The moisture will make the two pieces adhere.
Roll the balls that you separated for the tail and mane into snakelike shapes, and if you like, add a small curl at the end of the tail.
Rub a wet finger over one side of one of the snakelike shape and press it in place at the back end of the body, flattening it slightly. To place the mane, repeat the process with the second snakelike shape at the back of the neck.
Roll the leg pieces into thick cylinders to create legs. The shorter and thicker the legs are, the better they will hold up.
Insert a toothpick through each leg so that it runs along the length of the cylinder. The toothpick should stick out at least 1/4 inch on either end of the leg.
Roll the hoof pieces into perfect balls and press them with your fingertip to flatten them into disks.
Push the toothpick points at the bottom of each leg into the centres of the hoof disk and press the hooves and legs together.
Insert the toothpicks in the opposite end of the legs into the bottom of the horse.
Add facial details on the head and wisps to the mane and tail with fondant sculpting tools.
Allow the horse to dry until it holds up on its own and is hard to the touch. This process could take several days.