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How to Decorate Horse Cupcakes

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Photo By Sylvestermouse

Photo By Sylvestermouse

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 :)

Authorship: Sylvestermouse

Rockin' Horses

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.

Photo by Sylvestermouse

Photo by Sylvestermouse

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

Sprinkles to Decorate Horse Cupcakes

The More, The Merrier!!!

The More, The Merrier!!!

The More, The Merrier!!!

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.

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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)

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.

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.

We added Red Bows

We added Red Bows on our Horse Cupcakes

We added Red Bows on our Horse Cupcakes

Now They All Want A Red Bow!

Now They All Want A Red Bow!

Now They All Want A Red Bow!

My Original Inspiration for My Horse Cupcakes

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

RTalloni on April 16, 2018:

A plate of these would drive little ones into giggles, and probably big ones too. :)

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on July 05, 2017:

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!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse (author) from United States on December 10, 2016:

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

melissa on November 13, 2016:

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

Linda martel on March 03, 2015:

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

CherylsArt on February 27, 2015:

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

Gayathri Fernando from Sri Lanka on February 26, 2015:

These look yummy.... and very creative indeed

Author Victoria Sheffield from Georgia on February 26, 2015:

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

Stargrrl on February 26, 2015:

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.

Tami Rogers from Seattle, Washington on February 26, 2015:

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

Iulia Boariu from London on February 26, 2015:

Love it! These are adorable!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 24, 2015:

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.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 23, 2015:

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

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 23, 2015:

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

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on January 28, 2015:

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

Lorelei Cohen on December 29, 2014:

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

Dawn from Maryland, USA on November 17, 2014:

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

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on October 12, 2014:

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

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on July 14, 2014:

lol, these are cute, what a great idea

Corrinna Johnson from BC, Canada on June 08, 2014:

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

BodyHairRemoval on May 24, 2014:

Too cute! Very original.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on February 20, 2014:

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.

Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on February 10, 2014:

These are so cute! My granddaughters would love them!

Fay Favored from USA on February 06, 2014:

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

CherylsArt on January 13, 2014:

They look darling. : )

penny-richens on December 28, 2013:

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!

cinefile on December 25, 2013:


anonymous on December 12, 2013:

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

Angela F from Seattle, WA on October 18, 2013:

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

KathyZ1 on October 17, 2013:

Great lens. Thanks for your sharing!

ghoststorylover on September 15, 2013:

love it! :)

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on July 26, 2013:

Great idea and cute too!

marktplaatsshop on June 07, 2013:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 24, 2013:

Many kids love horses so this is great for parties.

blessedmomto7 on May 05, 2013:

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

BarbsSpot on April 28, 2013:

@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!

dellgirl on April 27, 2013:

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.

imagelist lm on April 24, 2013:

Wooowwww...great lens...

TechieGeekyGal on April 13, 2013:

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

mariacarbonara on March 28, 2013:

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

ryokomayuka from USA on March 27, 2013:

Very creative.

cleansweeping on March 26, 2013:

Those are cute!

Meyani on March 18, 2013:

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

petertraoassi2 on March 12, 2013:

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

whats4dinner on March 08, 2013:

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

chiconsquidoo on March 03, 2013:

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

Lee from Derbyshire, UK on February 22, 2013:

They're incredible! Great concept!

anonymous on February 14, 2013:

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!

chickie99 on February 14, 2013:

what an awesome lens!

very unique!!

ManfromModesto LM on February 10, 2013:

Now I want to eat one!

gradientcat on February 07, 2013:

Really cool horse cupcakes!

TopReviews2u on February 07, 2013:

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

john9229 on February 05, 2013:

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

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on February 03, 2013:

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. :)

anonymous on January 26, 2013:

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

DavidLebar on January 25, 2013:

These hore cupcakes look great! You have great ideas!

CristianStan on January 22, 2013:

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

FashionBuzz LM on January 18, 2013:

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

Spiderlily321 on January 14, 2013:

These are adorable. I'd love to make some

anonymous on January 12, 2013:

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

Vikki from US on January 12, 2013:

So so cute!! *Blessed*

anonymous on January 10, 2013:

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!!!!!

TedWritesStuff on January 06, 2013:

They look almost to good to eat!

cmadden on December 31, 2012:

What a great idea! They are sooo cute!

Stephanie from Canada on December 31, 2012:

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

anonymous on December 31, 2012:

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

Jo-Jackson on December 30, 2012:

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

Neil Spencer from uk on December 29, 2012:

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

StaCslns on December 27, 2012:

These are so adorable! Great instructions!

Lynda Makara from California on December 24, 2012:

How cute are those! Very clever idea.

Ruthi on December 19, 2012:

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

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on December 11, 2012:

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

Lorri123 on November 26, 2012:

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

Takkhis on November 20, 2012:

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

VspaBotanicals on November 12, 2012:

So adorable.

nettlemere lm on November 11, 2012:

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

aliciamaggie54 on November 10, 2012:

I love the instructions and decor. Thanks for sharing.

pawpaw911 on November 06, 2012:

Very cool little horse cupcake.

johnsja on November 06, 2012:

These look so good!

artdivision1 lm on November 05, 2012:

They totally rock!

earaja on November 04, 2012:


anonymous on October 28, 2012:

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

now everyone can enjoy these splendid cupcakes!!!!

halloweenprops on October 21, 2012:

These horse cupcakes look amazing! :)

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on October 14, 2012:

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

crstnblue on October 07, 2012:

Sooo cute and no doubt yummy!

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

HopeLabel on September 30, 2012:

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

maewlaay lm on September 07, 2012: did you think ?

theallin1writer on September 03, 2012:

These cupcakes are super cute!

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on September 02, 2012:

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

gaser983 on August 27, 2012:

Excellent lens, fantastic job!

DesignSpace on August 19, 2012:

These look amazing! So creative!

happynutritionist on August 17, 2012:

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

CoolFool83 on August 14, 2012:

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

norma-holt on August 06, 2012:

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

anonymous on August 05, 2012:

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

Jen withFlash on August 04, 2012:

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

fifinn on August 03, 2012:

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

gaser983 on August 02, 2012:

Awesome lens, nicely done! Squidlike

CristianStan on July 31, 2012:

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

Blonde Blythe from U.S.A. on July 31, 2012:

So cute! What a fantastic idea!

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