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 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 also love the cute horse cupcakes and how-to video. My recipe for horse shaped cookies is very easy.
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.
In this article, you'll find ideas for:
- Birthday Cakes
Horse Birthday Cake Ideas
- Drawn on image
- Lay-on cake topper
- Cake Kit
- Horse shape using cake pan
- Horse shape using cut cake layers
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.
2. Horse Photo Cake Topper
If you aren't comfortable drawing, you can usually find lay-on cake toppers or horse 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!
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
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 for the sky. Add brown icing for the dirt. You could sprinkle on a little brown sugar or cinnamon sugar to add texture to the dirt. 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!
5. Horse-Shaped Cake
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.
Horse-Shaped Cake Pan
6. Cut Cake Layers to Make a Horse
Below is a great video tutorial from the Betty Crocker Kitchen brought to you by Howdini. It shows how a pony (or 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 Horse 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
- 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 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons 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.
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
Tori Leumas on July 07, 2015:
The cakes are really cute! Great hub!
Lynda Makara from California on May 02, 2014:
I love the cake and the cookies. So cute!
StrongMay on December 02, 2011:
I like the horse-opoly idea.
anonymous on April 17, 2011:
@oztoo lm: WOW! You guys have great party ideas........................Maybe I'll use some!
anonymous on April 18, 2010:
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 on April 10, 2010:
I love your horse themed party. Your cake looks amazing. Thanks for sharing all the great tips.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 30, 2010:
Congratulations on publishing your 100th lens and I would like to wish Lacey a belated Happy Birthday. Awesome party!
lakern26 lm on March 30, 2010:
You've done a wonderful job on your 100th lens! What a fabulous selection of products! Very well done :-)
oztoo lm on March 29, 2010:
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.
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on March 29, 2010:
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. :)
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on March 29, 2010:
I really like the cookies spelling out her name and birthday message! Congratulations on your 100th lens!!
hlkljgk from Western Mass on March 29, 2010:
those horse cookies are so cute!
Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on March 29, 2010:
This is a darling idea and lens!