Ideas for Horse Birthday Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies
Horse-Themed Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies
This article is about ideas for horse birthday cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Cake ideas include a drawn-on horse, using a figurine as a topper, a horse-shaped cake, and others. You'll love the cute horse cupcakes and "How To" video. My cookies include an easy recipe.
Since my granddaughter loves horses, we've had many birthday parties with a horse theme. Sometimes we had a cake, and other times we used cookies or cupcakes instead. I'll be showing you a few of our ideas for her parties. These are for a girl, but could easily be altered for a boy.
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My granddaughter, Lacey, loves these majestic animals and wanted this theme for her 12th birthday party. We used My Horse themed party plates, napkins, table cover, and birthday banner. Her cousin made her the cute cake you see in the picture, and we also had horse shaped cookies. We used the cake as a centerpiece on the table.
Horse Birthday Cakes
1. Drawn on image
2. Lay-on cake topper
4. Cake Kit
5. Horse shaped cake pan
6. Cut cake layers into a horse shape
1. Draw Horse on Cake
This cake has the horse drawn on with icing and flowers added. Her cousin used a template to go by to draw the image.
2. Edible Image Cake Topper
If you aren't comfortable drawing, you can usually find lay-on cake toppers or edible images at grocery bakery departments, craft stores, or online. You can also use a photo you already have, or find online, of a horse and have it laminated to lay on the cake. I've done this many times. Then all you have to do is add a border and the birthday wish.
3. Horse Figurine
I made this cake for Lacey's 13th birthday party. I made green icing for the top, added a green border, and used a horse figurine I found at the dollar store for the topper. This is a very simple idea for a birthday cake that almost anyone can do. You can also find cake topper kits at local stores and online that will include a fence and several horses.
4. Cake Topper Kit
It's easy to make your own with a cake topper kit. I've made many of these when I was a cake decorator at Kroger.
This is what you do: Ice your cake, add green icing for the grass and blue icing for the pond. You might like to use the blue gel icing for the pond. Add a border in the color of your choice. Place on the horses and fence. Write a Happy Birthday wish. There you have it. It's easy!
This cake topper kit includes 3 plastic horses and 3 pieces of white plastic fence. Make your own cake or add to a bought cake. The plastic pieces can be used as toys later.
5. Horse-Shaped Cake Pan
Use this pan to make the cakes you see above. There will be directions with the pan. This is an aluminum pan and will hold one box of cake mix. Wilton is the best in cake supplies, always good quality.
How to Make a Horse-Shaped Cake
Use the Wilton Pony Shaped Cake Pan, shown above, to easily make an awesome cake for your party. Just use a decorator icing bag to star in the colors of your choice or use fondant roll-out sheets to decorate your cake. Don't be afraid, it's not as hard as it sounds, and sure to be the hit of your party!
Use Crispy Treats instead of cake mix in your pan:
Look closely and you will see that this cake is made with the popular Rice Krispie Treats recipe! Just press the mixture into the Wilton Party Pony Pan and add an icing mane (in whatever color you choose), a simple bridle, and the eye and you have a finished cake! My grandson would love this, since he likes these better than cake. You could also use the horse cookie cutters for make a smaller version.
6. Cut Cake Layers to Make a Horse
Below is a great video tutorial by Betty Crocker. It shows how a horse cake can be made using 2 round cake layers and cake icing. You might think it would be too hard for you, but it looks really easy. I think even a beginner could do this. Watch the video and see what you think.
How to Make These Cookies
We made her horse shaped cookies for Lacey's 12th birthday. After icing, we decorated the cookies with different colored icing and added colored sugars, sprinkles, and candies. See the recipes below for cookies and icing.
You could also use royal icing for decorating, which dries hard. Other options would be to use the cookie cutter to make shapes from brownies, bar cookies, jello, or sandwiches.
You'll need a horse shaped cookie cutter:
We used a horse shape cookie cutter to make the birthday cookies. This cutter makes nice sized cookies that are easy to decorate.
Sugar Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine flour, baking powder and soda. Cream together sugar and shortening, add egg and combine. Add vanilla. Add flour and milk. Mix until dough forms. One of the keys is to not over mix, roll out kind of thick and avoid over baking. Press with cookie cutter and place cut-outs on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes.
Note: . I like them a little “under done” so they have to be watched closely. Bake them about 8 minutes or so, maybe longer, according to your personal preference.
- 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3 T milk (more or less)
- Food coloring (a few drops to make icing colors needed)
Add softened butter to confectioners' sugar. Add vanilla. Add milk a little at a time until icing is consistency. This is a butter icing and is a soft icing like you would use for a cake.
After cookies are cooled, ice and decorate using different colors. Add sprinkles and small candies.
How to Decorate Cookies With Royal Icing
A Helpful Cookie Cutter
This cookie cutter is perfect for making iced cookies, but it can also be used to cut out brownies, jello, cheese, or sandwiches. Made in the USA.
To summarize, I have given you several ideas for horse-themed birthday cakes, including drawing on an image, lay-on or edible images, using a figurine, cake topper kits, using a shaped cake pan, or cutting out your own shape from round layers. Also, I included ideas for cupcakes and shaped cookies. I hope you've found something that you love.
© 2010 Faye Rutledge