Prancing Horse in the Woods Cake

Prancing Horse in the Woods Cake

$320 - $360

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a landscape cake decorated with a tree and a prancing horse.

This tutorial is the third part of a series of tutorials about how to make realistic animals out of pastillage using what Serdar calls the 2 piece joined half body method. The 3D Pyramid and Camel Cake tutorial, and the Tiger on a Rock Cake tutorial are the others in the series. This horse is done with the same detailed standard steps as demonstrated in the other two. These 3 tutorials will demonstrate how if you follow the same basic steps, you can make many other realistic animals.

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
Prancing Horse in the Woods Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains an actual size blueprint of the cake from the front as well as guides for creating the horse and the tree.

Part 1
The Plan
The Cake
Tools, Materials, Ingredients & Recipes
Drawing a Picture
The Body Stretch
Making the Bodies & Lifting the Legs
Part 2
Joining & Welding the Body Halves
Making & Attaching the Head
Making the Ears
Colouring the Horse
Adding Teeth, Hoofs & Placing the Horse on the Cake
Adding Shrubs & Enhancing the Eyes
Making the Mane & Tail
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Cleaning & Storing
  • Wet and dry hand towels
  • Zip locked plastic sandwich bags (2 sizes)
  • Table brush
Modelling & Shaping
  • Modelling tools
  • Plastic cutlery (knife, fork, spoon)
  • Hard pastry margarine/shortening
  • Oil cooking spray
Colouring & Painting
  • Airbrush set
  • Gel colours
  • Luster dust
  • Set of brushes
  • Clean sponge cubes
  • Titanium dioxide
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
Gluing & Joining
  • Water spray
  • Egg white
  • Compound chocolate
  • Small brushes
  • Cold spray
Planning & Templates
  • Flipchart sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • Semi transparent silicon baking sheets (70cm x 50cm)
  • White cellophane sheets (70cm x 50cm, on side matt)
  • Basic stationary (pencils, marker pens, ruler etc.)
  • Semi transparent plastic file separators
  • Plastic sleeves
Digital Scale
Preferably with 1 gram increments.
Edible Pearl Dust Shop Online
Aluminium Foil Shop Online
Thicker is preferred.
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
Round 40 cm (diameter) Brown
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Bunch of wooden skewers

Please watch video for more information

Dinner Fork
Cellophane Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients

4 x 600 gr round 20mm (height) by 25cm (diametre)

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1500 g

Chocolate ganache is nothing but pure chocolate melted with a generous amount of boiling fresh cream. This smooth airless chocolate cream makes a lot of things possible. A benefit of chocolate ganache is that the high...[read more]

Rolled Fondant

800g Brown
500g Green

A commonly used sugar paste for coating cakes. Also known as RTR (ready to roll) fondant.

500g Very Light Brown
500g White

A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water...[read more]

Instant Coffee Wikipedia

1 Tbsp

Instant coffee, also called soluble coffee, coffee crystals and coffee powder, is a beverage derived from brewed coffee beans. Instant coffee is commercially prepared by either freeze-drying or spray drying, after which it can be rehydrated. Instant coffee in a concentrated liquid form is also manufactured.

250g Bran

250g Green

Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]


  1. Athena Troutman says:

    I live in the US. Where can i buy the edible freeze spray. Thanks

  2. BlackRosePastries says:

    What is the green stuff that you use for the foilage?

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Bran mixed green sloppy royal icing 100g to 100g. Mix and spoon on a plastic sheet, dry overnight.

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