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Ideas for Horse Birthday Cakes, Cupcakes, and Cookies

Updated on August 28, 2017
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Faye worked as a cake decorator for Kroger for 24 years and has lots of experience with all kinds of cake making, icing, and decorating.

This birthday cake has a horse drawn on using icing.
This birthday cake has a horse drawn on using icing.

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.

You'll find ideas for:

  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Cookies

This is how we decorated for Lacey's horse theme birthday party.
This is how we decorated for Lacey's horse theme birthday party.

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 Cake Ideas

1. Drawn on image

2. Lay-on cake topper

3. Figurine

4. Cake Kit

5. Horse shape using cake pan

6. Horse shape using cut cake layers

For Lacey's 12th birthday, her cousin drew a horse on a cake.
For Lacey's 12th birthday, her cousin drew a horse on a cake.

1. Draw a Horse on Your 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. She found the template online and printed it out. I've known many people that had the talent to draw anything on a cake free-hand, and maybe you can, too.

Edible images are very easy to do. Just lay it on the cake, add a border, and you're done.
Edible images are very easy to do. Just lay it on the cake, add a border, and you're done. | Source

2. Horse Photo Cake Topper

If you aren't comfortable drawing, you can usually find lay-on cake toppers or edible images at grocery bakery departments or online. At Kroger we had a special printer that I used to print images on sugar paper, using the customer's own photo or a stock image. Edible images make it simple to decorate a cake in a very personal way. Sometimes they don't want to cut the cake and mess up the design! One warning about edible images is that they are rather delicate and will break if you aren't careful.

Alternate idea: You can also use a photo of a horse that you already have, or find online, and have it laminated. Maybe you have a photo of your own horse! Then just lay the laminated photo onto the cake (I always put saran wrap under it). I've done this many times for unique images the grand-kids wanted. Then all you have to do is add a border and the birthday wish, and you have a fun horse cake!

You can use a horse figurine for a birthday cake topper.
You can use a horse figurine for a birthday cake topper.

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.

We had Lacey's 13th birthday party at a riding stable! All of the guest were able to horseback ride in the indoor riding ring. (It was in the winter.)
We had Lacey's 13th birthday party at a riding stable! All of the guest were able to horseback ride in the indoor riding ring. (It was in the winter.)

4. Cake Topper Kit

I've used the horse cake topper kit below many times when I was a cake decorator at Kroger. It's easy to do and looks great!

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!

Horses Cake Topper
Horses Cake Topper

This is the cake topper kit I used. It includes 3 plastic horses and 3 pieces of white plastic fence. Make your own cake or add the kit to a bought cake. The plastic pieces can be used as toys later.

 
These were made with a horse shaped cake pan. The cake on left is iced by starring in buttercream icing. On the right, the cake is made of Crispy Treats, with icing added for the mane, eyes, and halter.
These were made with a horse shaped cake pan. The cake on left is iced by starring in buttercream icing. On the right, the cake is made of Crispy Treats, with icing added for the mane, eyes, and halter.

5. Horse-Shaped Cake Pan

Wilton Party Pony Pan
Wilton Party Pony Pan

This is the pan I used. It is an aluminum pan and will hold one box of cake mix. In my opinion, Wilton is the best in cake supplies. Their cake pans are always good quality.

 

How to Make a Horse-Shaped Cake

I have used the Wilton Pony shaped cake pan several times, since my granddaughter loves horses and always wants a horse themed party. You can 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:

Just press the mixture into the pony pan and add an icing mane (in whatever color you choose), a simple bridle, and the eye and you're done! 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.

Horse Cupcakes

We had horse cupcakes for Lacey's 6th birthday party. I used the video below for directions. Do you think they look the same?
We had horse cupcakes for Lacey's 6th birthday party. I used the video below for directions. Do you think they look the same?

Horse Shaped Cookies

We made and decorated horse shaped cookies for Lacey's 12th birthday to go with her cake. The recipe is below.
We made and decorated horse shaped cookies for Lacey's 12th birthday to go with her cake. The recipe is below.

How to Make These Cookies

We made 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.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

Cookie Ingredients

  • 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.

Icing Ingredients:

  • 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.

Decorating:

After cookies are cooled, ice and decorate using different colors. Add sprinkles and small candies.

How to Decorate Cookies With Royal Icing

Summary

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

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    • renee21 profile image

      renee21 2 years ago

      The cakes are really cute! Great hub!

    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      I love the cake and the cookies. So cute!

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      I like the horse-opoly idea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @oztoo lm: WOW! You guys have great party ideas........................Maybe I'll use some!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I never realized there were so many horse related party items. Going to feature this in the sidebar widget of my horse review lens, "Neigh"-borly Note Cards.

    • HorseAndPony LM profile image

      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      I love your horse themed party. Your cake looks amazing. Thanks for sharing all the great tips.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on publishing your 100th lens and I would like to wish Lacey a belated Happy Birthday. Awesome party!

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      lakern26 lm 7 years ago

      You've done a wonderful job on your 100th lens! What a fabulous selection of products! Very well done :-)

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Congratulations on you 100th lens. I love your horse theme party ideas. I had know idea you could get so many horse theme party accessories.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your 100th lens and Happy Birthday to your granddaughter! What a lovely theme for a birthday party. Everyone looks like they had a good time. :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I really like the cookies spelling out her name and birthday message! Congratulations on your 100th lens!!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      those horse cookies are so cute!

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      Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      This is a darling idea and lens!