Horse themed birthdays are popular with girls. While store-bought cake is easy and inexpensive, a homemade cake sends a message that you took some time to make the party truly special. Allow the birthday girl to chose the look of her cake and even help you decorate. With these simple ideas, you can make a tasty, healthy cake that the birthday girl will never forget.
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Choosing the pans
The horse's head is easy enough for a novice cake decorator. Use two oval, nine inch pans. One oval cake is the head. Cut two ears off the other oval cake. The remainder of the other oval cake acts as the neck. You can use 9-inch round pans, too, or even rectangle sheet pans, but you will have to carve the cake into the desired shape.
The best kind of frosting to pull all the pieces together is butter-cream. If you can't get it thick enough, take a shortcut on this part and buy it at the store. For a less expensive option, visit the local bakery and ask if they will sell you some in the colour you want the horse. Just brown or white frosting with brown spots is more realistic, while pink is great for fantasy. Make the horse's coat with either a pastry bag with the thin tip for individual hairs, or a cake "comb" that you drag through to make the frosting look lined.
If you've never worked with fondant, use candy to fill in the details. Black liquorice layered down the back of the horse's neck looks just like a mane. Or, if you're horse mane is more fantasy, blue or pink sour tape looks adorable if you curl it around your fingers and layer it with different lengths. Make the eye with chocolates or gum drops. Liquorice ropes braided together make a bridal and bit.
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