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Last Updated on 4th August 2022 by Vicki
Hi all! Today’s post shows how to make a horse sugar model cake topper. I made the cake below for my daughter’s birthday! I can’t quite believe that she’s now in double figures. It’s so scary how quickly the years fly by!
I made the horses from Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste. For the tutorial below I coloured white modelling paste various shades of brown by using Sugarflair’s Dark Brown food colouring paste. You don’t need to use much. I use a toothpick to add the colour to the paste and then work it through, stopping when I get to my desired shade. I used vodka to stick my model together but you could also use an edible glue. l’ve included a list of all the items used in this tutorial at the bottom of the page. You will also find my YouTube VIDEO tutorial below the written one.
How To Make A Horse Sugar Model Cake Topper
The Horse’s Body
Take a piece of modelling paste and form it into an egg shape.
Use your fingers to gently tease out legs from the wider end.
Use your finger tips to pinch the ends of the legs and make them slightly wider.
Shape the neck by rolling the model between your fingers and hands.
Flatten two balls of darker modelling paste and stick on the end of the legs for hooves.
Shape two pieces of modelling paste into tubes. Make one end narrower and curve it slightly. Pinch out the other ends, just as you did with the legs.
Stick the arms on either side of the body and then add hooves the same way as you did the legs.
Place a piece of dried spaghetti through the middle of the body. This will support the head.
How To Make The Horseshoes
I used grey modelling paste to make the horseshoes. I coloured some white modelling paste grey with a teeny tiny amount of PME Black Midnight food colouring paste.
Cut a strip of grey modelling paste and mould it into a curved shape. Check the size against a hoof and trim if necessary.
Use a #1 round piping tip to emboss circles on the horseshoe. Repeat to make three more horseshoes.
Stick these onto your model.
Leave your model to dry overnight. Letting the model set hard before you carry on will ensure that it can take the weight of the head. Read on to see how to make the horse’s head.
Making The Horses Head
Form about 25g of modelling paste into a peanut shape.
Use the scallop end of a scallop and comb tool to mark a smile on the horse’s face.
Next, use the small end of a ball tool to mark the nostrils.
Use a bone tool to mark the eyes.
Stick two small balls into the nostril holes and flatten the lower part with a ball tool.
Attaching The Head To The Body
Stick the head on the body by sliding it onto the spaghetti. Make sure the spaghetti won’t protrude out of the top of the head before placing it on.
Add two balls of white modelling paste in the eye sockets and secure with a ball too.
Add two smaller balls of brown modelling paste on top of the white and secure with a ball tool.
Premake some holes in the brown eyes with a ball tool and then stick two black draggees in them. (You could use black fondant or modelling paste too, but I find the dragees easier.)
Next, add two tiny balls of white modelling paste on the eyes as can be seen above.
Form two balls of modelling paste into flat triangles. Use a bone tool to help stick the ears to the head, making an indent at the same time.
Stick two balls of pink modelling paste into the premade holes and flatten with a bone tool.
Form some darker modelling paste into a sausage shape and taper both end. Stick this onto the horse for the tail. Use the blade end of a knife and scriber tool to texture the tail.
To make the mane, form pieces of modelling paste into tear shapes and stick them onto the horses head.
Again, use the knife tool to texture and shape the mane.
YouTube Video Tutorial
The image above is by far my favourite horse! I like how the addition of eye lashes made it look more feminine. I also prefer the colour combination of the grey model and blue eyes.
So that’s how I made my horse sugar model cake toppers! I hope you liked the tutorial. If you’re interested in my other horse themed cake topper tutorials then click here.
Items Used In This Tutorial
- White Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3flCE5y
- Sugarflair Dark Brown Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/37lmR1X
- Black Midnight Food Colouring Paste by PME : https://tidd.ly/3CcL3Sv
- Scallop and Comb Tool by PME : https://tidd.ly/3lDFyGz
- Ball Tool by PME: https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- Brush : https://tidd.ly/3xtrKRz
- FMM Knife and Scriber Tool : https://amzn.to/3CpsfQ4
- Wilton #1 Round Piping Tip : https://amzn.to/2Vz1o3l
- Black Dragees : https://amzn.to/3fG9kGO
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