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How to Decorate Horse Cupcakes

Updated on September 13, 2014
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I love cooking & creating my own fun food masterpieces. I also enjoy sharing my own recipes including my decorative cake & cupcake tutorials

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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.

We Are Superstars!

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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"

 

Credits for this Article


ALL PHOTOS ON "HOW TO DECORATE HORSE CUPCAKES" ARE THE EXCLUSIVE PROPERTY OF SYLVESTERMOUSE


I have created some Zazzle products using the Horse Cupcake photos on Zazzle which are available for purchase by simply clicking the link below the button.


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~ Sylvestermouse ~

© 2010 Cynthia Sylvestermouse

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

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 weeks ago from Savannah, Georgia

      These are so adorable. The final outstanding horse cupcakes are worth the extra effort to create them. Thanks for doing all the hard work to find what method works best when putting them together. My daughter's best friend is a horsewoman and would love these horse cupcakes!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 months ago from United States

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

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      melissa 9 months ago

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

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      Linda martel 2 years ago

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

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years 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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      Gayathri Fernando 2 years ago from Sri Lanka

      These look yummy.... and very creative indeed

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 2 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Stargrrl 2 years 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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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

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

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      Iulia Boariu 2 years ago from London

      Love it! These are adorable!

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      Mary Norton 2 years 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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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

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

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      Patricia Scott 2 years 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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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 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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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

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

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

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

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      lol, these are cute, what a great idea

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 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 3 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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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      These are so cute! My granddaughters would love them!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      These are so cute. My niece would love making them with her kids. Giving her the link and sharing it. Thanks.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      They look darling. : )

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      penny-richens 3 years ago

      These popped up on my lens, and the are so stinkin' cute I had to come over here and have a look at them. I would have loved these at my birthday party as a little girl. Who am I kidding? I would still love these at my birthday party. Genius idea and excellent execution!

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      cinefile 3 years ago

      CUTE!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      These are just so cute! I love them!!!! Horses are awesome, we live next to HorseTown U.S.A. (Norco, Ca).

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      These are so cute! Pinned to my It's All About the Cupcakes board :)

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      KathyZ1 3 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for your sharing!

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      ghoststorylover 3 years ago

      love it! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Great idea and cute too!

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      wow these are nice cupcakes, and verry clear instruction, thanks for sharing

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Many kids love horses so this is great for parties.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      These are adorable. I'm thinking of a pony party for my daughter's birthday and these would be the perfect "cake" for her.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...What fun! I'll give it a whirl. As one who has loved horse racing since I was a youngster, this Purple Star award-winning Lens appealed to me very much. No "neigh" sayer, here! Congrats on the PS!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Youâve really created a unique lens. Itâs really different and such a great idea for a lens! WayToGo!

      Congratulations on getting the Purple Star for this great lens, I enjoyed reading here. Nice work, thanks for sharing.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Wooowwww...great lens...

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      TechieGeekyGal 4 years ago

      Definitely! Prior to this, I've never really thought you can make a horse cupcake. It's really cute! Kids will love them :)

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Interesting cakes that I have never heard of before. Will try to make these with my kids!

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      ryokomayuka 4 years ago from USA

      Very creative.

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      cleansweeping 4 years ago

      Those are cute!

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      Meyani 4 years ago

      it is worth to try your instruction. thank for sharing horse cupcakes

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      petertraoassi2 4 years ago

      Cupcakes are on fire! So popular now. Ad very tasty too.

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      Thank you for the step by step instructions. Worth trying!

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      chiconsquidoo 4 years ago

      the cup cake is sooo cute that i must congratulate you..You are an artist ..

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      They're incredible! Great concept!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love it! We tried bowling pins out of the cookbook you showed. They were a disaster, just because I couldn't find the right ingredients so i tried to improvise - not good!

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      what an awesome lens!

      very unique!!

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      ManfromModesto LM 4 years ago

      Now I want to eat one!

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      Really cool horse cupcakes!

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Love the horse cupcakes. Very creative idea for cupcakes, certainly different from the cupcakes I got as a kid.

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      john9229 4 years ago

      This is awesome! I'll ask my wife to make this for my son to school.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      How did I miss this darling and delicious page for making 'horse' cupcakes? My daughter and I were reading it together and we LOVE it. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome! You broke down the process and it doesn't feel as overwhelming. Thanks for sharing.

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      DavidLebar 4 years ago

      These hore cupcakes look great! You have great ideas!

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      CristianStan 4 years ago

      I've never been able to make designs on cupcakes before, I really hope these instructions work

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      FashionBuzz LM 4 years ago

      Amazing pieces of art... so beautiful (and delicious)!

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      Spiderlily321 4 years ago

      These are adorable. I'd love to make some

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Can't wait to make these for my grandson, Bryson. We have a horse for him named Sitting Bull. He's our little cowboy!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      So so cute!! *Blessed*

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Now I can do these myself for my wedding vow renewal in May!! It's a total horsey type event as my wedding was semi traditional but since we made it ten years, now it's time to enjoy ourselves! Thank you for added to the enjoyment of our day in May. These will have a sign next to them in honor of you!!!!!

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      They look almost to good to eat!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      What a great idea! They are sooo cute!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      These are so cute! I want to try them :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      One of my girls is nuts about horses and she also makes lovely cupcakes - I think I need to direct her to this page :)

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      Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

      These are lovely. They look a bit tricky to decorate, but well worth the effort.

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      Neil Spencer 4 years ago from uk

      Great lens and a great read. Very well laid out too.

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      StaCslns 4 years ago

      These are so adorable! Great instructions!

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      How cute are those! Very clever idea.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      Oh my! These horse cupcakes look too cute to eat! Great instructions for decorating, thank you and your husband helper too!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I will not be making horse cupcakes, due to my challenges with eternal laziness, but they are truly gorgeous, the ones here.

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      Lorri123 4 years ago

      funny and cute ! And thank you for all your support.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great tips and those who want to know how to decorate horse cupcakes will be benefited after reading your all instruction in this lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      So adorable.

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      nettlemere lm 4 years ago

      These are so cute, ideal for a horse lover's party!

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      aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

      I love the instructions and decor. Thanks for sharing.

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      Very cool little horse cupcake.

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      These look so good!

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      artdivision1 lm 4 years ago

      They totally rock!

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      earaja 4 years ago

      yummmm

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah! I have told my friends about this and posted the instructions on my facebook page

      www.facebook.com/whodoesntlovehorses

      now everyone can enjoy these splendid cupcakes!!!!

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      These horse cupcakes look amazing! :)

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      Mark Falco 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Very cute, who knew there were so many things you could do with a simple cupcake?

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Sooo cute and no doubt yummy!

      Wish to have the chance to taste your delightful horse cup cakes!... Till then, happy lens reader! :)))

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      HopeLabel 4 years ago

      You have so many great ideas for cupcakes. Very jealous of your talents. Another great lens.

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      maewlaay lm 4 years ago

      Great..how did you think ?

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      theallin1writer 4 years ago

      These cupcakes are super cute!

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      This cowgirl will take a pasture full of your horse cupcakes!! So cute.

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      gaser983 4 years ago

      Excellent lens, fantastic job!

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      DesignSpace 4 years ago

      These look amazing! So creative!

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      iamradiantrose 4 years ago

      what a cute idea. You are so creative. Congrats on all the awards for your lens. I'll have to make some for my friend's birthday....love it!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Why have I not seen this before now? How ADORABLE!! I love horses:-)

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      What a detailed and fun lense! Horse cupcakes. These images are awesome.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      You are an inspiration and so creative. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Squids Cooking Cake Recipes. Hugs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Panda cupcakes are easier than horse. I am not very creative to pull off making a horse cupcake.

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      Jen withFlash 5 years ago

      Very cute!!!! My daughter would love these!!!

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      fifinn 5 years ago

      interesting lens. I can not make a cake yet. But it seems that because of this lens, I was interested to try it :)

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      gaser983 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, nicely done! Squidlike

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Hahahah, look at the little horsey face. So cute!

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      Blonde Blythe 5 years ago

      So cute! What a fantastic idea!