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Back when I was in college (you know, because it was so long ago), I took an equine conformation class. Our final project was to create a 3D representation of a horse with at least three conformation faults. When the teacher was explaining the project to the class, I apparently got an evil smile on my face thinking about the cake I was going to make because the teacher looked worriedly at me and asked what I was going to do. I just told her that I really liked to bake. And thus, the horse shaped cake was born.
Needless to say, I got an A. Wasn’t Arne a wonderful model?
If you read my previous post you know that we have been having a competition around the office in preparation of the Olympics. Friday was the final judging. It also happened to be one of my friends last day before she moved away from me (insert sad face). So, to finish the competition with a bang and say farewell to a friend, I decided to break out the horse shaped cake again.
These cakes are surprisingly easy to make, they just take some time and attention to detail. You can make your cake any flavor you would like. And you can make it any size you want. For Arne, I used a 9×13 and an 8″ round. For the jumping horse shaped cake I used just a 9×13.
The first thing you need to do is to make your template. For the Arne cake I used a picture I had taken of him and for the jumping cake I found an outline of a horse on google. Take some tracing paper and trace over the outline of the horse, then scan this copy into your computer. Open the scan in paint and resize the picture until it is the size you want to make your cake. The ‘Print Preview’ feature is your friend. You’ll likely need to cut and tape together your final template since it will be bigger than one piece of paper.
Use your template to carefully cut the cake. Certain areas may be more difficult than others. This poor horse lost the bottom layer of his ear. And his leg ended up breaking off. The frosting saved me there. Once the horse is cut out, gently brush away the crumbs with a pastry brush. I’m not a big fan of silicone brushes. In my experience they don’t do a very good job.
Next is frosting! Make sure to frost a light crumb layer first. Unless of course you were frosting a chocolate cake with white frosting, then it could be a fleabitten grey! I like a lot of frosting on my cakes, which resulted in this poor guy losing some definition around his face. Not the worst thing in the world, but depending on how accurate you want your cake to be, you may want to use less frosting.
The last step is to add the small details. Eye, mouth, nostril, hooves, and hair. I opted for this guy to have white legs and striated hooves.
Don’t forget the sides of the cake as well. He isn’t one dimensional.
Isn’t he cute?
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own horse shaped cake. What will yours look like?