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There’s big doin’s here in the Bluegrass right now. After a multi-year countdown, evidenced by electronic countdown clocks splattered all over the county, the World Equestrian Games are under way. The games have never been held in the United States, so I guess the fact that little ol’ Lexington, KY was chosen to host this year is a pretty big deal.

So when there’s a big event like this, people are prone to do other big things to celebrate. Take the life-size horse cake, for example. That’s right. Someone’s building a cake in the shape of a full-size horse. This info is from the Shops at Lexington Center:

As a part of the exciting Equestrian Festival, renown cake artists Geraldine Kidwell and Leigh Sipe, native born Kentuckians, are partnering with Midway College and working with the Lexington Center to construct a life size horse that is constructed completely from cake and edible products. These ladies have volunteered their time, knowledge and expertise to lead a team of decorators from the Kentucky Chapter of I.C.E.S. (International Cake Exploration Societe)…

To this point, all I have is a photo of the frame (the finished product has not yet been moved to the place where it will be showcased throughout the remainder of the games, so I’ll have to update Thursday or Friday).

Anywho, here’s the base, as well as some other stats on what exactly goes into making a life-size horse cake.

Making the Frame:

  • 3 sheets 3/4 inch plywood
  • Five 1/2 inch x 36 inch all-thread rods
  • 4 1/2 sheets foam core board
  • 4 wheels for frame
  • 1/2 inch nuts/bolts and washers
  • Green outdoor carpet for the grass

Cake Ingredients: (don’t try this at home…)

  • 350 pound dry ingredients – flour and sugar
  • 10 batches royal icing
  • 90 dozen eggs
  • 90 pounds margarine
  • 21 gallon water
  • 5 pounds fondant
  • 10 pounds Choc-pan
  • 1 pound Isomault
  • 15 pounds black licorice laces

Icing Ingredients:

  • 320 pounds confectionery sugar
  • 135 pounds shortening
  • 1 gallon water
  • 70 pounds of chocolate

Horse Legs:

  • 5 boxes rice crispy cereal
  • 5 bags marshmallows
  • 2 pound butter

The finished product will weigh in at approximately half a ton.

If an edible horse isn’t enough, check out this corn maze (aerial photo by Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader). Not sure I want to get lost in that thing…

Meanwhile, here’s the official home page of the WEG if you’d like to learn more. Also, I know many of you who live in the area will be attending the games, so share your stories and experiences of the WEG with us. And I’ll post a photo of the finished cake later this week!


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