Sugar Horse and Carriage Centerpiece

Intermediate
RRP
$190 - $250

Learn how to make a beautiful horses and carriage centrepiece out of pastillage that can be used in front of a cake, or on top of a large cake. This centrepiece goes perfectly with our Sugar Castle Centrepiece but also looks great alone.

Join Serdar Yener as he teaches you how to create this elegant horse and carriage centerpiece out of sugar. With 13 detailed lessons, and downloadable course templates, you’ll be creating your very own masterpiece in no time.

First you’ll prepare all the parts of the carriage’s body using the stencils provided. Then, you’ll shape and model the horse bodies, heads and legs. Learn a nifty trick to create life-like hair with pastillage! Once the prepared parts are all dry, you’ll assemble the carriage and the horses, then prepare the center pole to hold it all together firmly. After your carriage and horses are all individually completed, you will assemble it all on a sugar base and finish it off with some intricate piping work.

Discover new tricks and techniques as you learn to create this beautiful looking horse and carriage centerpiece out of sugar. Use it in front of a cake, on top of a large cake, or on its own as a table centrepiece. Whichever way you choose to display it, it will be sure to have that wow factor!

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.
Templates For Sugar Horse and Carriage Centrepiece

This PDF document has 2 pages of templates to help you make this sugar horse and carriage centerpiece.

Page 1 has a side view of the carriage and horses. It contains cut out templates for the curtains, carriage walls, horse saddles and wheel guards. Page 2 is a top view of the entire centerpiece. It mainly contains a cut out template for the base. Both pages can and should also be used as guides for sizes and arrangement of all the elements.

Reference Images of Horses and Carriages
Use these images as inspiration and reference.

Track
Duration
The Plan
6:06
Preparing the Carriage Parts
11:19
Making the Wheels
9:49
Modelling the Horse Bodies
15:24
Assembling the Carriage
17:59
Assembling the Horse Bodies
2:42
Modelling the Horse Heads
16:59
Making the Horses Hair
17:18
Making the Center Pole
4:28
Examples of Usage
1:23
Cutting the Base
3:37
Assembling the Horses and the Carriage
17:27
Final Touches and Piping Work
23:53
Total Duration
2:28:31

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.

What you will need

  • Rolling pin (or PVC pipe can be used)
  • Rolling pin with lines (or a long threaded metal rod)
  • Cornstarch in a shaker
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Hard shortening
  • Pen knife & blade
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Round cutter set (85mmØ, 40mmØ, 10mmØ)
  • Heart shaped cutter (20mm)
  • Ruler
  • Pen tip (ball point pen with the inside removed)
  • Wooden skewer (40mm or as long as you can find)
    If you can’t find one long enough, you can super glue 2 shorter ones together.
  • Modelling tools
  • Small scale
  • Wet & dry hand towels
  • Thin cardboard (to cut out stencils)
  • Thick cardboard (to be used as trays)
  • Cellophane sheets
  • Flat sheet of sponge or foam (or bubble wrap should be ok too)
  • 100g White Chocolate
  • Small brush with a bit of water
  • small brush with a bit of egg white

Recipes & Ingredients

References

  • Printed course templates & pre-cut stencils prepared
  • Images of horses and carriages for inspiration

Recommendations

  • Have a wet and dry hand towels to clean knives, blades and cutters regularly to consistently achieve clean cuts. This will ensure clean smooth edges of the pastillage pieces in the centerpiece. Also be sure to clean the table with your wet towel, and than the dry towel each time you are about to roll out any pastillage. Use a bit of shortening or vegetable fat to prevent the pastillage from sticking to the table.
  • This is art, and no method or technique is set in stone. This is why we recommend you watch the entire tutorial first before you start gathering all the things in the list above. You may think of ways you might substitute tools or techniques with your own ideas.
  • If you would like to approximately match the size of the centerpiece in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your centerpiece to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly. Some elements overlap each other, so if you wish to cut out all the different parts to use as stencils, you may need to print multiple copies.

30 Comments

  • I just want to say a huge THANK YOU !!! i have dreamed to see this tutorial by years !!! Again Thank you !!! God bless you .

  • Emily Michel

    Hi Chef, This Is beautiful! Question regarding the chocolate as a glue, is it tempered chocolate? Or just melted white chocolate?
    Could you use white candy melts just melted? Or for the strong bond do you *need* it to be tempered?
    Thanks!

    • Serdar Yener

      Just melted compound chocolate or candy melts. Chocolate is used for instant glue. If you like to make the connections really secure, use additional royal icing to cover the visible chocolate spots.

  • Hi Chef love your learning videos your a great teacher. But I have a problem I cant seem to get the hoofs done right do you have any ideas that might help me . Thank you in advance.

    • Serdar Yener

      I know. This is the tricky part. Think about green pea and split to half. Flat part touch down. When I am doing hoofs I push the flat part with my finger tip. If you have a problem with that just use a small knife and cut the tip off to create flat hoof.

  • Such a gorgeous centerpiece and a fabulous tutorial. Such patience you have, Chef Yener, and such an eye for detail. Now I simply must learn to make and use pastillage 🙂

  • HI.I tried alot for making horse but i coudnt do that,pastillage is getting dry fast even if i put it in microwave. could u please advise me.
    thanks

    • Serdar Yener

      When you put pastillage again and again in microwave it looses the water content so simply add more water and knead again till you happy with texture you can even make it more softer than usual to make it easier . it take a bit longer to dry but it is okay.. Don’t give up. Make sure pastillage is cold when you start shaping not warm. Use a little shortening on the table surface . Hands are clean and dry.

  • How big can u make these horses using pure past illegal without any wire or internal supports

  • Yener can we use modelling chocolate for this or does it have to be pastilliage?

  • Beautiful!
    Can’t wait to try it for my niece’s birthday. Can the pastillage be colored, tinted or dyed, or would dusts be enough?

    Your tutorials are the BEST I’ve ever seen and make things so easy to follow and actually DO.

    Thank you!

  • Can the horse and carriage be done all in modeling chocolate?

  • Chef Yener, thank you so much for the tutorials! I am making the horse carriage and… well I am curious how long or how much practice I should say did take you to make the carriage and horses so perfect? I am using the templates and everything but things seem not matching…I know it is my first time doing it and it takes practice. However, how long did it take you?
    thank you so much in advance!

    • Serdar Yener

      Hi Kleiza Please do not frustrate . I recommend instead of trying again and again watch the video again and understand the thickness and the condition of pastillage in each step.

  • I am so happy that I purchased this video! It is so easy to follow. I can’t wait to get started on this beautiful horse-drawn carriage. Thank you soo much

  • Спасибо, люблю ваши уроки)))))

  • Thanks for a wonderful tutorial, im trying to upload photos but having problems with your site at the moment

    • Hi Cheryl, We are going to fixing a lot of issues with how images are uploaded to our site in the near future. At the moment, our Members Projects section (below) is not functioning. We will notify everyone when it is fixed.
      Thanks!

  • Замечательный мастер-класс, спасибо большое и большой восторг от идей мастера.
    Надеюсь в ближайшее время сделать. Ждем от вас новых идей и прекрасных мастер-классов. Теперь навсегда остаюсь вашим почитателем. Спасибо!

    Translation: Wonderful master class , thanks to more and more excited about the ideas of the master. Hopefully in the near future to do. We are waiting for you to new ideas and beautiful master classes. Now forever remain your admirer . Thank you!

  • AMAZING! Would it be possible to use rolled buttercream for these figures or would they dry and harden enough to hold up. Thanks for any answer you can give me. Great tutorial and presentation! I have learned so many new things about decorating cakes and making models. Thanks for all the help and ideas!

  • I have many years but you still are the best tutor i had.
    Thank you for the great video and the explanation..

  • I am so happy that I purchased this video! It is so easy to follow. I can’t wait to get started on this beautiful horse-drawn carriage. Thank you Serdar Yener! You are amazing!

  • Can you please give us idea on how you make the “Cinderella’s Pumpkin Horse and Carriage Cake” you posted on cakecentral. It would be great to have the template of the pumpkin. Thank you very much for your great tutorials on this site! Priceless!

    • Serdar Yener

      Hi Yste, apologies for the delay in a response. We may do a tutorial on the pumpkin carriage in the future but I can’t confirm anything at this time. Best thing I can suggest is to just enlarge the blueprints from the Sugar Horse & Carriage tutorial and replace only the middle section of the carriage with the pumpkin. Of course the wheels would also have to be spaced wider apart to have enough room for the pumpkin. To make the pumpkin cake, create two halves of a sphere (bottom and top of pumpkin) by layering the cake inside the 2 bowls. If you only have one bowl, then just make one half at a time. After the cakes are layered and set in the fridge, join the two halves together, cut out the grooves for the pumpkin, and coat it with fondant etc. That’s basically it…good luck and have fun!

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