How to Decorate Horse Cupcakes

Photo By Sylvestermouse
Photo By Sylvestermouse | Source

Horse Cupcakes are Lots of Fun!

These Horse cupcakes would be a delightful treat for birthday parties or just about any special occasion for the horse and pony enthusiasts. Below I have shared step by step instructions including photos to make your Horse Cupcake decorating experience a pleasant adventure.

I even share a few "what not to do" tips that we discovered while making our horse cupcakes, after all, we really just want to have a little fun and maybe a few laughs.

These horse cupcakes are sure to draw rave reviews at any party. They will certainly be no "neigh" sayers!

(yes, I know it is spelled naysayers. Just having a little fun with words too :)




Rockin' Horses

Rockin' Horses
Rockin' Horses | Source
Horse Cupcakes
Horse Cupcakes | Source

How To Begin Your Horse Cupcakes

This article is about decorating the cupcakes, therefore, we are going to start with the cupcakes already baked, cooled and ready for decorating.

I started this project alone, but I became so frustrated that I needed a bit of support. As always, my husband ran to my rescue. Between the two of us, we tried several different methods of attaching the head, inserting the neck to the body and when to add the decoration. We have now refined the art of decorating horse cupcakes. The following instructions are given step by step with photos and will save you a world of time and frustration if you follow our methods. The reasons behind some of our directions may not make sense as you proceed, but we devised these instructions through trial and error. Trust me, this is one cupcake you don't want to completely assemble and then try to decorate!

Just so you get the picture, I have included a photo of my first attempt on the right. Poor thing! He tried so hard to work for me. Believe me, I was just as faithful to him. I gave him a new body and my husband gave him a new face. Now, he is happily a part of our pony parade.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

This Article is Vegetarian Friendly!

No Horses were Harmed in the Making of these Cupcakes!

Photo by Sylvestermouse
Photo by Sylvestermouse | Source

Ingredients Needed to Make Horse Cupcakes

  • Wax Paper Large Cupcakes (White or Chocolate ~ We used chocolate)
  • Chocolate Frosting Black Frosting/Decorating Gel for the Eyes & Nose (We used a small tube of Black Gel)
  • Candy Circus Peanuts (White if you can find them. Orange is the most common)
  • White Chocolate Pieces/Melts
  • Sugar Wafer Cookies
  • Sprinkles or desired decoration
  • Pretzels Potato Sticks for Hay ~ optional

Candy Melts for the Horse Cupcakes Head

Wilton Candy Dips, White
Wilton Candy Dips, White

Easy to Melt

Microwaveable

 

Sprinkles to Decorate Horse Cupcakes

Wilton Turtle Brownie Crunch
Wilton Turtle Brownie Crunch

The perfect accent for Horse Cupcakes!

 

The More, The Merrier!!!

The More, The Merrier!!!
The More, The Merrier!!! | Source

Step by Step Instructions ~ Preparing the Head and Body of a Horse Cupcake

If you can find white Circus Peanuts, Skip Steps 1 - 3

Step 1: Cover a tray with wax paper.

Step 2: Melt White Chocolate pieces. I melted mine in the microwave.

Step 3: Dip each Circus Peanut in the melted white chocolate and set on wax paper to dry. You can place the entire tray of coated peanuts in the refrigerator to harden quicker. Trim away excess white chocolate after they are dry. This will be the head of horse.

Step 4: "Glue" 2 Sugar Wafer Cookies together with melted candy and let them dry.

Step 5: With a serrated knife, gently saw the bottom of the sugar wafers (neck) at an angle. This will allow the neck to slip into the cupcake (body) easier later.

*We also tapered one long side of the sugar wafers for a shapely neck.

Step 6: Affix the candy coated circus peanut (the head) to the top of the sugar wafer cookies (the body) with melted chocolate.

*Icing/frosting will not hold the head on. The Circus Peanut is too heavy. You will have to hold the head & neck together until they dry together. (about 60-75 seconds)

Step by Step Photos of Making the Horse Cupcake Head & Neck

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Step 2 ~ Melted white chocolate and Circus PeanutsStep 3 ~ Cover Circus Peanuts with melted white chocolateStep 4 ~ Two wafers together with melted chocolateStep 5 ~ Cut and trim WafersStep 6 ~ Affix head to neck with melted white chocolate
Step 2 ~ Melted white chocolate and Circus Peanuts
Step 2 ~ Melted white chocolate and Circus Peanuts
Step 3 ~ Cover Circus Peanuts with melted white chocolate
Step 3 ~ Cover Circus Peanuts with melted white chocolate
Step 4 ~ Two wafers together with melted chocolate
Step 4 ~ Two wafers together with melted chocolate
Step 5 ~ Cut and trim Wafers
Step 5 ~ Cut and trim Wafers
Step 6 ~ Affix head to neck with melted white chocolate
Step 6 ~ Affix head to neck with melted white chocolate

Decorating the Neck & Head of the Horse Cupcakes

I placed the head/neck in a coffee cup to add mane.

Step 7: Frost the back of the neck and head for the mane. I used a fork to make a hair effect.

Step 8: Form ears with frosting.

Step 9: If you haven't already done so, frost the cupcakes.

Step 10: Decorate the cupcakes (body) with sprinkles.

Step 11: Cut a small square out of the cupcake. (See photo)

*After the first horse assembly, we started cutting the small square in the cupcake to keep the cupcake from splitting and breaking when you insert the neck and head.

Step by Step Photos of Decorating Neck & Head of the Horse Cupcakes

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Step 7 ~ Adding the ManeStep 8 ~ Adding the EarsStep 10 ~ Adding the Sprinkles/DecorationStep 11 ~ Cutting a small hole in the cupcake
Step 7 ~ Adding the Mane
Step 7 ~ Adding the Mane | Source
Step 8 ~ Adding the Ears
Step 8 ~ Adding the Ears | Source
Step 10 ~ Adding the Sprinkles/Decoration
Step 10 ~ Adding the Sprinkles/Decoration
Step 11 ~ Cutting a small hole in the cupcake
Step 11 ~ Cutting a small hole in the cupcake

Assemble the Horse Cupcakes

After trying this phase many different ways, we found this to be the best order of steps.

Step 12: Cut a pretzel for the tail.

Step 13: Place the neck/head in the hole in the cupcake.

Step 14: Frost the pretzel (tail) and poke it in behind the neck. The tail will help balance the head.

Step 15: "Paint" on eyes and nose with black decorating gel.

*We found that adding the eyes and nose last was best. It was hard to keep from smearing them while working on final assembly of horse cupcake if they were already applied.

Step by Step Photos of Horse Cupcake Assembly

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Step 12 ~ Cut Pretzel for tailStep 13 ~ Place Neck/Head Assembly in Cupcake HoleStep 14 ~ Poke Tail into CupcakeStep 15 ~ Add Eyes and Nose
Step 12 ~ Cut Pretzel for tail
Step 12 ~ Cut Pretzel for tail
Step 13 ~ Place Neck/Head Assembly in Cupcake Hole
Step 13 ~ Place Neck/Head Assembly in Cupcake Hole | Source
Step 14 ~ Poke Tail into Cupcake
Step 14 ~ Poke Tail into Cupcake | Source
Step 15 ~ Add Eyes and Nose
Step 15 ~ Add Eyes and Nose | Source

We added Red Bows

We added Red Bows on our Horse Cupcakes
We added Red Bows on our Horse Cupcakes | Source

Now They All Want A Red Bow!

Now They All Want A Red Bow!
Now They All Want A Red Bow! | Source

My Original Inspiration for My Horse Cupcakes

Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make

There are so many adorable cupcakes in this book! It was hard to choose just one :)

 

This article was featured on Oct. 4, 2010 on Childrens Birthday Parties

It is a tremendous honor to be featured on this blog which offers so many fabulous birthday party ideas. Be sure to check it out for additional party suggestions.

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Cupcake Display

Midwest CBK Jeweled Black Square Cake Stand, Set of 3
Midwest CBK Jeweled Black Square Cake Stand, Set of 3

Elegant Iron and Glass Displays

Set of 3 cake stands

Decorated with chandelier effect of jewels & crystals

Largest stand is 16" tall

Square top is 9" x 9"

 

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© 2010 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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So, What Do You Think? - Will You Be Making Horse Cupcakes Soon? 323 comments

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Sylvestermouse 2 months ago from United States Author

I am so sorry! I have looked around and I honestly cannot come up with an alternative.


melissa 3 months ago

what can you use instead of circus peanuts, we don't have them in Australia. thx


Linda martel 24 months ago

Superb I can't wait for my Birtday !! So glad I found this page xx


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CherylsArt 24 months ago from West Virginia

The photos really helped to explain your process. Your cupcakes turned out cute. Now I know what the orange candies are called!


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Agatha1991 24 months ago from Sri Lanka

These look yummy.... and very creative indeed


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VictoriaSheffield 24 months ago from Georgia

This is very unique! I'm a cake decorator!


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Stargrrl 24 months ago

This is so awesome! I wish I had a horse cupcake right now! I really liked the unique concept of this hub. It's pretty cool.


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Tamirogers 24 months ago from Seattle, Washington

OMG so cute! Following you now and voted up!!


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Iulia Boariu 24 months ago from London

Love it! These are adorable!


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aesta1 24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh my, with my limited baking skills, I don't think I'll venture making this one. Love looking at them, though. They're fantastic.


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Dressage Husband 24 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Just the thing for a stable open day! Beautiful well done.


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pstraubie48 24 months ago from sunny Florida

These are too cute. My friend recently attended a horse show with family and friends and I know these would be a big hit..

Pinned and shared

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

These are seriously cool - great for a horse themed party, or a western themed party - love this idea


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Lorelei Cohen 2 years ago from Canada

You really are a creative genius when it comes to cute kid party food. Your cupcakes are adorable. No neigh-be about it.


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DawnRae64 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

I love these! So fun. What a great idea.


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Jerzimom 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

These are cute! Good job. Pinning and sharing on Cupcake FB.


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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

lol, these are cute, what a great idea


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Corrinna-Johnson 2 years ago from BC, Canada

Very cute! My daughter's best friend would go crazy for these. She lives and breathes horses!


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BodyHairRemoval 2 years ago

Too cute! Very original.


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Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

Adorable and oh, so clever. My older daughter would have loved horse cupcakes for her birthday. I did make a horse head cake one year, but these days cupcakes are the way to go! So clever, and a great tutorial.


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