Happy Horse Cake

Today’s feature is one of those cakes that just makes you feel happy!  And it’s easy to see why.  Who can resist a charming horse wearing an adorable bandana?  With a tousled mane and infectious smile, this little guy will steal your heart.  He’s the star of this playful 1st birthday cake, created by Peggy Lee of Peggy Does Cake.  Wooden fences encircle a field of sunflowers while ladybugs flutter about.  Silver horseshoes, rope borders and a few red apples complete the delightful country scene.  Oh and let’s not forget the contrasting cow print!  Get ready to oohh and aahh over this Happy Horse Cake!Country Horse Cake by Peggy Does Cake  |  TheCakeBlog.com

Peggy of Peggy Does Cake gives us the scoop on her design:

“Designing this simple little cake was actually quite tricky for me!  I was given a list of ‘must haves’ and then granted the freedom to turn that list into any kind of cake I wanted for Riely’s first birthday party.  I really had no clue what to do at first and considered just doing a single tiered cake at one point.  I was just originally asked to create a cake with a western feel and to include a horse, a rope, a fence, a couple horseshoes, etc.  I’ve done the cowboy thing for plenty of adults, but I’d never really thought about this theme specifically for a baby – and to make it more difficult, the cake was to be done in browns, but needed to be ‘bright and cheerful.’  That was the hardest part, for sure.”

Country Horse Cake by Peggy Does Cake  |  TheCakeBlog.com

Peggy of Peggy Does Cake talks about her technique:

“I think the most fun part of designing a cake is also the most delicate: customizing it just perfectly.  I really wanted to add a splash of color to the brown color palette, so I ran with the ‘horse eating an apple’ idea, and incorporated a few other bits of red with the ladybugs, the number one, and the horse’s bandanna.  It turned out to be just enough to make it a happy cake.  Beneath the fondant finish was a bottom tier of chocolate fudge cake with chocolate butter cream filling and an outside of dark chocolate ganache, and a top tier of white almond sour cream cake with vanilla bean butter cream filling and an outside layer of white chocolate ganache.”

Country Horse Cake by Peggy Does Cake  |  TheCakeBlog.com

Oh my goodness!  The more you look at this cake, the more you see.  It’s seriously adorable and chalk full of precious details.  From the silver horseshoes to the red apples, and everything in between!  Not to mention the loveable horse topper.  It’s a perfect design for spring and summer birthdays for the little ones.

A special thank you to Peggy of Peggy Does Cake for sharing her Happy Horse Cake with us today!  It is just darling!

Cake:  Peggy Does Cake

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    Corrie says

    Absolutely adorable and, as usual, Peggy always adds the sweetest little details to her cake designs!!

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