It's all buttercream, and really only three colors (chocolate, black and white), so it's not too hard to accomplish. The real surprise is inside of the cow tier-- which is also cow-spotted.
Cake Mix or Recipe for 1 vanilla and 1 chocolate cake
1 recipe Buttercream Icing
Double recipe of Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Black Icing Coloring
Food-safe dowel rods
6" & 8" cake pans
Piping Bags and Tips #7, 10, 233
Bake the Cakes:
How to make a cake mix taste homemade" tricks for making them taste better.)
I made two 6" layers of chocolate for the horse layer.
Favorite Cake Pan - 8"x3"- uses 5 cups of batter).
Make and Color the Icing
Basic Decorator's Buttercream Icing (Used for the white)
Chocolate Buttercream Icing (I made a double-batch to use for the chocolate and black)
(You will need about 2-3 cups of black icing. Using chocolate icing to make the black means you will use way less food coloring than using the white icing to make the black.)
Decorate and Assemble the Cakes
*Note: You can only do this if you use a decorating icing that develops a "crust" so that it won't stick to the towel.
(Please note that this picture is before smoothing the spots with the paper towel.)
I waited to add any of the horse decoration to the cake until after I'd stacked the cakes so that I could hide any smudges from stacking and supporting it along the way.
Add a Tip #12 rope border where the two cakes meet. (I mixed some of each the chocolate and the white to get the lighter brown color. I may have added a few drops of yellow coloring to it, as well.)
Click the link to see my Video of How to Make a Rope Border.
The Number Seven on the cake is also made with the rope technique, using Tip #5.
Now, if you are not having to take the cake anywhere, you can skip the next step of securing the two layers together. But if you have any transporting to do, I highly recommend it.
The bridle is made using black icing in Tip #5 and the rope technique described above.
The mane is made using Tip #233 with some black and some brown.
Click the Links Below to See:
How to Make Cake Mix Taste Homemade
Decorator's Buttercream Icing
Chocolate Buttercream Icing