Ideas for decorating a horse birthday cake for children

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Ideas for decorating a horse birthday cake for children
Add to the birthday fun with a horse-themed cake. (happy birthday image by Photoeyes from

Decorate a birthday cake with horses and ponies to make your child's birthday even more special. Whether you have cake decorating skills or not, you can create a special horse-themed cake to celebrate the big day. Look for cake decorating supplies at the craft or big-box store and you'll find items made specifically for the horse-loving kid. Add your own flair by combining ready-made pieces with your own custom pieces and you'll end up with a cake that will liven up any party setting.

Shaped Cakes

Use a horse- or pony-shaped pan to bake your cake, then embellish with colourful frosting. Your horse can be finished with traditional colours or with fantasy ones. Add a birthday message on the saddle or bridle, as most cake pans leave a flat space for this purpose. This option is best if you already know how to decorate a cake, since you will need to both bake in a decorative pan and use a frosting bag with speciality tips to complete the cake.

Toy Cake Decorations

Create or buy a sheet cake, then top with plastic horses and ponies. You can purchase sets complete with fences and barns at any toy store. Wash the plastic with soap and water, then dry thoroughly. Frost the cake with white icing, spritz with green frosting spray and add the horses. The kids can enjoy the cake, then play with the plastic pieces after the cake is gone.

Photo Cake

Bring a photo of your child on horseback to your local bakery. If your little one doesn't ride, but simply likes horses, you can choose a stock photo or even a magazine picture. The bakery can create a photo transfer from your image and use it to decorate the cake. The image will be edible and can be embellished with whatever message you like. Order this type of cake a week in advance to give time for the transfer to be prepared. Some locations will also allow you to buy just the transfer to decorate a cake of your own making.


No matter which horse birthday cake you choose, make your cake at least a day in advance so you can be sure it will be ready for the big day. Add a horse- or pony-themed tablecloth, napkins and plates and display your cake when the party starts so everyone can see it before you make the first cut. Look for speciality horse-shaped candles in a party or craft store to add a fun last-minute touch to your cake.

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