Horse Cake is a chocolate cake shaped like a horse head. I served it at Fuzz's birthday (may nears ago) and it got a lot of good reviews. Plus it's cute! It's the one birthday cake I'm not ashamed to post. Most of the others are so embarrassing I just took them down (though Chococat is still floating around on Pinterest).
I've recently updated the recipe card because while my old recipe was a good one, you can use any 9x13 inch chocolate cake to make a horse head.
The diagram for carving the horse cake was originally from a pattern on Family Fun, but the link no longer works so I'll do my best to describe it for you below.
Horse Cake Head
You bake the the chocolate cake in a 9x13 inch pan. Let the cake cool, then freeze it so that it will be easy to carve. When the cake is frozen, set it in front of you with the 13 inch side on the bottom. Cut a triangle from the bottom about 4 inches from the left corner. This will be the area between the horse's mouth and neck. Move the triangle to the top to make an ear. Next, you'll need to carve an arch up around the left corner to create the slope of the horse's head. The best way to do this is to look at a lot of horse head cakes and just wing it, but you could also look for a pattern. This cake is just so easy you shouldn't have to.
This is a brown horse, but there's no reason why you can't make a white horse or any other color. Be sure to make a crumb layer, which is a messy first coat that holds in the crumbs before you spread on the fresh layer.
Decorating is the fun part. The horse in the photo has a non-edible googly eye, a bridle made of Sour Strips & a Lifesaver and his nose is a black jellybean.
- 9x13 inch chocolate cake, prepared
- 5 cups frosting. I recommend 4 cups chocolate and 1 cup vanilla.
- Freeze the cake slightly to make it easier to carve. It doesn't need to be fully frozen, just frozen long enough so that it is firm. Be sure to wrap it tightly so it doesn't form ice crystals.
- When the cake is frozen, set it in front of you with the 13 inch side on the bottom.
- Carve a triangle from the bottom about 4 inches from the left corner. This will be the area between the horse's mouth and neck. Save the triangle, as it will become the ear.
- Next, you'll need to carve the top left corner into an arch to make the top of the head. Put the triangular shaped piece on top of the arch to make the ear.
- Position the cake on a board so that it kind of looks like a horse head, then spread chocolate icing all over it to hold it together. This is your messy crumb layer. Chill or freeze briefly until firm, then use your crumb-free icing to make the horse's fur and mane.
- Don't forget to give your horse a nose, an eye and a bridle. Candy works well. The horse in the photo has a black jellybean nose and a bridle made with blue sour strips and a red lifesaver for the buckle. His eye is a non-edible googly eye.