How to make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake

Today, I’m sharing some step-by-step instructions on how to make a lovely floral horse birthday cake! It can be decorated any way you want to fit your party’s theme but the version I made is a sweet floral pony with a rose in her mane.

 

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This birthday cake was so much fun to make, and even though it looks super hard, it’s actually not! The best part about this cake design is that you can follow the steps to make the basic horse head and then decorate it any way you want, with any colors you want! I made it for my daughter’s birthday and I wanted to make it sweet and girly so of course it had to be pink and flowery. I used a cake pattern I found here for free on parenting.com to make the basic cake shape. The nose is an M&M, the eye is a pink gum drop, and the mane is pink frosting that I piped on in just a few minutes.

 

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How to Make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake: http://www.downflorallane.com/make-floral-horse-birthday-cake/

 

 

How to Make a Horse Cake

 

First, download the horse head pattern from parenting.com. You will need to sign up first, before you can download the pattern but it’s free and only takes a few minutes! After you have downloaded the pattern, print it out and cut out the pieces according to the directions.

Use your favorite cake recipe or, if you prefer, use a box of cake mix to make the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly into one square 8 inch by 8 inch cake pan, and one round 8 inch cake pan. Bake according to the baking instructions.

After the cakes have cooled in the pans for 10 minutes, take them out of the pans and let them sit till they are completely cooled.



 

How to Create the Horse’s Head

 

Now it’s time to create the horse’s head! This may seem like a lot of steps but if you follow each one, you should have yourself a cute horse head to decorate!

Step 1:

Begin by placing the 8 inch cake on a flat surface. Arrange the two “B” pattern pieces on top of the cake.

 

Step 2:

Using a knife, cut a slice across the cake like this:

 

Step 3:

Then, cut that trimmed slice in half. (These are the two “B” shapes on the pattern.) These cake pieces will be the horse’s ears. Place Pattern A on the bigger piece of cake. Slice off the edge of the left side of the cake as shown on the pattern.

 

 

Step 4:

Place the square cake on a flat surface.

 

 

Step 5:

Arrange pattern pieces D and C on top, according to the instructions on the pattern. Make sure they are not overlapping.

 

 

Step 6:

Cut out pieces C and D. This is what the square cake should look like when you are done:

 

 

Step 7:

Take Piece C and D and set them aside. The other pieces of the cake are leftovers, but you can save them. I used some of the extra cake to place underneath the horse’s nose to make it sit more evenly next to the horse’s neck.

 

 

Step 8:

Now it’s time to put all the pieces together to make the horse’s head! It’s like making a puzzle! Arrange the cake pieces on your serving platter according to the picture below.

Use the leftover cake underneath any pieces that don’t sit evenly. For example, on my cake, Piece C needed some thin cake strips underneath it to make it sit perfectly against piece A.

 



 

Decorating the Horse

After your cake is arranged on the serving tray, you are ready to decorate it! The first thing you need to do is pick what color frosting you want and cover the whole cake in a layer of frosting to hold everything together. I wanted my pony to be white, so I found my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting recipe and made a batch of it. I really do recommend buttercream frosting because it firms up so well for a cake like this. Whichever recipe you choose, make sure the frosting recipe you use is one that will result in a firm frosting that is not runny. It needs to be thick enough to hold all those pieces together.

 

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After the cake has been covered all over in a smooth layer of frosting, put it in the refrigerator to firm for an hour or so. Then coat the whole cake in another layer of frosting to cover any bare spots and to give it a smooth finish.

 

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Now it’s time to make the horse’s mane! Fill a piping bag with frosting. I used pink strawberry buttercream to make a pretty pink mane. You can find my strawberry buttercream recipe on my blog post here. Then, I just piped lines down the horse’s neck till the mane was as thick as I wanted it to be. This doesn’t have to be perfect! If you mess up on a strand of hair, just pipe a few more lines over it.

I didn’t show it in this picture but I ended up making the mane go over the edge of the cake to cover the side as well and not just the top.

 

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Add candy for the nostril and the eye. I used an M&M for the nostril and a gum drop for the eye.

 

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Lastly, I added a rose to the pony’s mane because what horse does not look cute in flowers!

 

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I have to admit, before I settled with the rose, I tried out lots of other flowers. You could go with daises like this Daisy Pony:

 

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Or how about a Pansey Pony? Isn’t that darling?! I made a little flower crown for her pink mane. Yes, I get carried away with this! Haha! But making floral pony cakes is so much fun!

 

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In the end, I went with a sweet rose behind the pony’s ear because roses are my favorite!

 

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I would love to see your creations so tag them with #downflorallane so I can see! <3



12 Floral Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream day is coming up! Any excuse to eat ice cream is fine with me! I’m going to be digging out my ice cream maker and picking one of these exciting flavors to try! Here are 12 of my favorite floral ice cream recipes. Many of them use edible flowers or flower extracts and the results just couldn’t be any prettier! Or more delicious!

 

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Disclaimer: Pictures below are not mine and rights belong to the blog they are listed under.

 



1. Rose Water Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Salt and Lavender

 

2. Lavender and Rose Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Sugar Hero

 

3. Strawberry Rose & Hibiscus Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at The Kitchen McCabe

 

4. Blueberry Hyssop Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Crumb blog

 

5. Elderflower and Honey Ice Cream Recipe

Recipe can be found here at The Spruce

 



6. Violet Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Every Cake You Bake

 

7. Chamomile and Honey Ice Cream

Recipe an be found here at the 10th Kitchen

 

8. Honeysuckle Ice Cream

Recipe found here at The View From Great Island

 

9. Lavender Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at A Spicy Perspective

 

10. Strawberry Rose Ice Cream

Recipe found here at Sugar Spun Run

 

11. Orange Blossom Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at worldmarket.com

 

12. Thyme Flower Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Chez Pim

 

Which one do you want to try? I think they all look scrumptious! Let me know if you try any and tag Your pictures with #downflorallane so I can see them! Happy National Ice Cream Day to you all! 🙂



 

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DIY Floral Easter Eggs With Mod-Podge and Paper Napkins

Easter is in one week! For those of you who are looking for a last minute Easter egg project, consider making these pretty DIY Easter eggs! They are made from paper napkins and mod podge!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

What I love best about this project is that I can get watercolor Easter eggs even though I can’t paint! They are so easy to make and you can customize them to your taste by using any paper napkin you like!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Supplies Needed

  • A bottle of Mod Podge
  • Paper Napkins with a pretty design
  • Faux white eggs (I bought mine for a few dollars at WalMart!)

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Instructions

Step 1: Take a paper napkin and take apart the layers, making sure that you use only the top part. The napkin I used had three layers. I took them apart and set aside the floral side to use on the eggs.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 2: Cut the paper napkin into short strips about the length of your egg, or into squares. They don’t all have to be even or the same size. You can even cut out particular shapes or patterns.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 3: Put a drop or two of mod podge onto your egg and spread it around a bit.

Step 4: Place a napkin strip or shape onto the mod podge.

Step 5: Put another drop or 2 of mod podge onto of the napkin piece.

Step 6: With your finger, (or a small paint brush) spread the mod podge all over the top of the napkin, smoothing it down as you go. The whole egg should be covered in a layer of mod podge and napkins. Don’t worry if the pod modge goes on thick. It will still dry clear. The trick here, is just to get the napkin as smooth as possible so it doesn’t dry and leave wrinkles on your pattern.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-6, until the eggs has been completely covered in paper napkins. Alternatively, you could do one side at a time, let it dry and then do another side. This process makes the egg easier to handle, it just takes more time so I preferred to do it all at once.

Step 7: Set the egg to dry on a small stand. (I used a round scotch tape roll but I saw these egg stands on Amazon and they would probably work great too!) Turn the egg over every so often to make sure all the sides get a chance to dry.

 Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

And that’s it! When the eggs are dry, you will have some pretty Easter decorations to use however you like! Since I use the fake eggs to do this, rather than real egg shells, they are unbreakable and I can even let my toddler play with them!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

These eggs can be used in so many different ways to decorate for spring and Easter. I’ve even used them to decorate a spring Bundt Cake!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 This was honestly such an easy project to do! I had seen this egg decorating method on Pinterest and was skeptical if I could get my eggs to look as pretty as those. But this DIY project really works! If I can do it, so can you!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

If you make these eggs, be sure to let me know how you use them! I love seeing all your ideas!


12 Edible Flower Dessert Recipes for Spring

Recipes with edible flowers are beautiful any time of year, but especially to celebrate spring! Here are twelve of my favorite floral deserts to inspire your Spring and Easter baking!

 

Recipes with edible flowers are beautiful any time of year, but especially to celebrate spring! Here are twelve of my favorite floral deserts to inspire your Spring and Easter baking! http://www.downflorallane.com/12-edible-flower-dessert-recipes-spring/

 

1. Pineapple and Passion Fruit Roulade

Recipe can be found on Cooked.com by Lucy Bee

This cake is the epitome of a spring recipe! I just love the bright, cheerful colors of the Pansies!

https://www.cooked.com.au/Lucy-Bee/Quadrille-Publishing/Coconut-Oil-Natures-Perfect-Ingredient/Cakes--cookies/Pineapple-and-passion-fruit-roulade-recipe?utm_source=taguchi&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly&utm_content=cake

2. Pressed Flower Sugar Cookies

Recipe can be found on Elle Decor by Kelsey Kloss

These are just darling! You can’t get much more floral than cookies with real pressed flowers!

3. Pansy Petal Pancakes (Crepes)

Recipe can be found on CraftFoxes.com from the book “Cooking with Flowers” by
by Miche Bacher

How fun are these!? I feel like the effort to make them is worth the stunning result!

4. Flowerfetti Cake

Recipe can be found on Twigg Studios by Aimee Twigger

This cake is drop dead gorgeous! It would look amazing on any Easter or spring table!

5. Sugared Elderflower Bundt Cake

Recipe can be found on PheonyLim

This cake is so lovely! I love the added touch of sugaring the flowers to give it a delicate look.

6. The Prettiest Apple Pie

Recipe can be found on MonikaHibbs.com by Monika Hibbs

I can’t get over how lovely this pie is. I usually don’t think of pies for spring but I would make this any time!

7. Floral Donuts

Recipe can be found on The Merry Thought

Donuts aren’t something I would have thought to put flowers on but look how fun these are!

8. Rose Petal Lollipops

Recipe can be found on A Carrie’d Affair Blog by Carrie

These are so lovely! They are the prettiest lollipops I have ever seen!

9. Rosewater Almond Madeleines

Recipe can be found on Down Floral Lane blog

Madeleines look pretty on any occasion, especially surrounded by lots of pale pink rose petals.

10. Raspberry Rose Layer Cake

Recipe can be found on the Down Floral Lane blog

You can’t beat a layer cake for any special occasion and this one with roses is just perfect for spring.

11. Tulip Ice Cream Bowls

Recipe can be found on Delish.com from Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher

Eating Ice Cream out of Tulip cups makes it all the more delicious! Such a lovely idea!

12. Edible Flower Marshmallows

Recipe from The Proper Blog by Lexy Ward

I love homemade marshmallows and these floral ones are just so colorful and cheerful!

So there you have it! Twelve gorgeous recipes that use edible flowers and are perfect for Spring. I’m having a hard time deciding which one to make for Easter! They’re all so lovely! Which ones do you love? Have any more to add to the list? 🙂