Cheek, cheek cake: birthday party with horse cake – katharina schnitzer

If time and occasion it allow, I like to bake and cook. Well in advance, I think about how I can design my baking and cooking facilities. This time I would like to present a very special cake that I was allowed to create for my daughter’s birthday party: a happy horse with wild hair and yellow bridles!

Thanks to the many cookies and more, I’ve been back in the craze since December. This only stops for me at the end of January because then not only Christmas but also various family birthdays are behind me. So even the new year starts with our daughter’s birthday – and we all know that a lot of cake has to be baked on children’s birthdays! Before I go into the promised pony cake, the variant for the school friends was on the plan at the beginning of the cake fight. Here I held back a little and used a simple, colorful parrot cake, but the children were happy with the result: a colored sheet cake in the colors green, red, yellow and brown made many small eyes shine.

For me it was already clear in advance that the cake for the actual children’s birthday had to be far more creative than a simple sheet cake. Because one of her great passions is about horses, ponies and riding, my daughter decided to have a horse themed party this year. But wait, a horse in the form of a cake?

This was somehow a difficult requirement for my baking art, especially since this year, due to our Christmas holiday, everything was timed a bit more closely and I originally wanted to keep the effort within limits. Coincidentally I got a great offer from at exactly the right time, where I selected I was allowed to test the products of my choice in a certain value. When examining the range, I inspected the website of the online shop with fascination, because the range of offers includes practically everything a hobby baker’s heart desires. Then a thousand ideas quickly buzz through my head, what else I could have done. But I decided without further ado to concentrate on the central topic: horses, ponies and riding.

Using the search function and the corresponding keyword, I quickly came to the product I was looking for: I was particularly enthusiastic about the Wilton baking pan. Together with the product image shown, it met my expectations in relation to the amount of work. After all, I didn’t want to model the horse-shaped cake by hand. Matching the baking pan, I also received food color gel in the two brown shades of Chestnut and Brown from Rainbow Dust and yellow fondant from Renshaw for the bridle. The product was delivered very quickly within a few days and arrived on time for the “Horse Cake” project.

The package arrived!

The content was complete to address the baking project!

The two brown tones from Rainbow Dust in chestnut and brown

The fondant, which is used to process the bridle, could be used directly.

The template as a goal and at the same time as instructions.

A quick look at the other side of the mold before we could start.

The baking pan was correspondingly light and instructions that even beginners could easily understand were also included. In any case, cheeky horse fans of the English, French or Spanish language should be able to understand the suggestions. However, language skills would not be absolutely necessary, because the product image on the instructions already proves to be a sufficient suggestion. Of course, at this point I still had to decide which cake we would bake.

Without further ado I asked for our daughter’s opinion: Of course, I took into account her wish to bake a chocolate cake for the birthday party. I quickly found the right recipe for a really juicy chocolate cake that was mixed in sufficient quantities for the baking mold in my personal recipe collection. For the later decoration I chose a butter frosting, which could harden wonderfully after drying. As a result, the decoration held very well and did not smear easily. But first the recipe, before it goes to the individual steps of preparation and decoration:


  • 200 g soft butter
  • 250 g of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 ml of orange juice
  • 300 g of flour
  • 1 packet of baking powder
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 100g grated chocolate
  • Cooking oil (for greasing the baking pan)
  • 480 g powdered sugar
  • 100 g soft butter
  • approx. 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk


The chocolate cake is instantly mixed:

  1. Beat sugar and eggs until fluffy and then stir in the soft butter and orange juice.
  2. Mix the flour with the baking powder and stir into the sugar-egg-butter mixture.
  3. Then add the cocoa powder and the grated chocolate and fold in.
  4. Spread the cooking oil on the baking pan and pour the dough into it so that the cake can then easily come out of the mold.
  5. Bake the cake batter in the preheated oven at 200 ° C (top / bottom heat) for about 50 minutes

The dough for the chocolate cake is mixed.

Ready for the oven.

The cake batter fit perfectly in terms of quantity and the cake worked wonderfully. Unfortunately, a small bump was formed in the middle, but the phenomenon of uneven heat distribution is often seen when baking. I cut the cake off smoothly before falling down.

The cake before falling without a smooth back.

The cake fell over without any problems: nothing broke and the horse motif was immediately recognizable. This was very helpful for the subsequent work with the frosting, because it enabled me to see directly where the eye, ears and bridle belonged and where the mane separated from the fur. The Wilton baking pan had mastered its task as the basis for the cake with flying colors!

The freshly baked chocolate cake after falling.

After the cake had cooled, it was time to start decorating – and that was when the frosting started. First I mixed the soft butter with the powdered sugar. Since the mass becomes very firm, it is advisable to add 3-4 tablespoons of milk so that the butter frosting becomes nice and creamy to work with. First I decorated the white eye and ears. I still had frosting (also from Wilton) left for the black in the eye, so that I could finish the eye very quickly.

The decorated eye.

The next step was to dye the frosting. I first halved the frosting.

Ready to color the frosting.

I then colored one part with the color "chestnut". I really liked the color result. As the photo clearly shows, this resulted in a beautiful shade of brown for the fur. I didn’t even need much of the food coloring. One blob was enough to get the desired shade of brown, similar to the photograph on the instructions or packaging of the baking pan. I dabbed the fur one after the other on the cake with a classic flower spout. I was already thrilled with the first results.

The horse’s fur is decorated.

Then the decoration of the bridle with the yellow gumpaste was on my agenda. I rolled it out elongated, cut it on the edges to the individual lengths for the bridle and placed it exactly on the cake. This part of the decoration even went quite quickly and the fondant was very easy to work with. Sure, sometimes fondant can be very chewy, but I had no problems with this product. The two circles for the bridle were also quickly cut out and decorated the connection points between the individual bridle parts.

The horse with the bridle

At the subsequent sprint, the mane was on. I quickly colored the second half of the frosting with the other shade of brown. Again, a small amount was enough to get the desired shade. There was also the difference between two shades of brown are unmistakable – the proof can be found in the photo. Unfortunately, contrary to the illustration on the instructions, I decided to use a really thin spout, which caused the mane decoration to stretch out quite a bit. I recommend taking a slightly wider spout when baking to decorate the mane more generously and a little wilder. Nevertheless, an impressive result was shown in the end, which I was able to conjure up in peace:

The horse in the end result!

For comparison: the original and the result with the decoration material used to decorate the cake.


Both the parents of our guests and the children themselves were very impressed with the cake – especially our daughter, of course. The baking pan provides a sufficient amount of cake to feed at least ten people (in our case 8 children and 2 adults) at a birthday party. We were even allowed to take some back home, but the fresh cake tasted very good two to three days later. At the birthday there was of course one or two delicacies for our little guests – because the children thought it was a shame that the beautiful cake had to be cut up for distribution on the plates, but it was quickly agreed that even one Cake in the shape of a horse’s head is meant for eating. All in all, this baking campaign was a complete success and, thanks to the provision of products by, was very easy to implement. In the future I will certainly buy one or the other there, especially since to my great joy there is now also a Cake Mart branch in Cologne.

It was ready to be eaten on the birthday table and it was also delicious!

Published by Katharina Schnitzer

Mom of three, who is interested in marketing, social media, design, photography, traveling, food&co and all the little things in live which makes life easier.


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