Happy Preakness Weekend!  I have a daughter who loves horses and a mother who loves the races.  She drives 45 minutes to make $2 bets on the long shots (my mother, not my daughter); it cracks me up!

In light of the big race coming up I thought I would share one of the cakes I made last year for my girls’ birthday.  It is fitting for the weekend and really very easy:

  1.  Take any flavor cupcake you want and place them in the shape of a horse head.  To please both my girls we did a combo of chocolate and vanilla but you can do whatever you want.  It will probably work better with one type that are all the same size but I had to work with what came out of the oven.IMG_2297
  2. Place a dollop of frosting on each cupcake.IMG_2298
  3. Spread the frosting out as evenly as you can.IMG_2300
  4. Melt some chocolate, put it in a pastry bag or ziplock bag and cut the tip off.   On a piece of parchment paper or wax paper “draw” mouth, eyes, nose and ears.  I drew more than one assuming I would need some options.IMG_2302
  5. Place the “ear” where you want it then fill another pastry bag/ziplock with frosting, whatever color you want for the mane.  Start piping in strands of hair.IMG_2303
  6. Put on the rest of the facial features and… Voila! Horse Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake!  Watch little girls and betting mothers everywhere squeal with delight!IMG_2308

P.S.  Mom’s $2 bet really paid off in the Derby!  Congrats Mom!

P.P.S. Let’s Go Blues!

5 thoughts on “Horses!

  1. I love the horse cake and happy you have the perseverance to tackle. Yes, lucky on #20 for a $2 bet! You are a sweetheart.

  2. I love this & it’s so creative, Niece! And great timing for Preakness weekend! Love, MW

  3. I love this cake! I have failed miserably in the past getting frosting to not fall through the holes on cupcake pullapart cakes. Any suggestions? Perhaps I was using the wrong frosting…is there a special kind I should be using?

    I am also a horse lover though not a fan of the races. I have three former racehorses in my backyard! :-)

    1. I wish I had a better answer but the frosting definitely fell between the cupcakes. I whipped room temp ganache which worked great but I think if I would have had all the same cupcakes they wouldn’t have been so messy… different sizes led to larger spaces. Also, never want to frost in too warm of a kitchen.

      So awesome you have former racehorses!!! My daughter will be so jealous!

      1. Thank you! I’ll have to try it again soon. I’ve been so afraid of screwing it up again I haven’t even attempted it in years. lol

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