What’s for Dinner Wednesday’s this month are all about May and Beef Month. What better way to celebrate Beef month than with a Longhorn Steer cake?
My oldest son is certainly the cowboy of the family and insisted I make him a Longhorn Steer cake for his birthday. A few years back he was happy with crushed up vanilla wafers to look like a rodeo arena and a plastic bucking bull in the middle, but not this year.
I started by downloading a clip art of a Longhorn head much like the University of Texas logo. I enlarged it to fit a 9x13 cake pan lengthwise. I cut the horns off because I had a great idea to make them better than out of cake. I cut the ears off, so we wouldn't waste so much cake. Here's what it looked like laid out in the pan.
I cut around the paper patterns and cut the cake with a sharp knife and then laid them on the serving platter (or should I say huge cookie sheet).
I am not a cake decorating expert, but I have learned that you should always make a thin icing and ice the cake to hold in the crumbs. I always let it dry for an hour or two and then I don't get crumbs in the icing everyone sees.
Of course, my child couldn't have a solid colored Longhorn, no it needed to have a star in the middle of its forehead.
I have to admit that this is really good for me to get this far. It might not be impressive to some out there, but I never decorated cakes until I had kids. I really should take a class sometime.
I asked for some assistance on how to make horns one night on Facebook and let me tell you my followers did not let me down. I had several ideas and ideas that built on others ideas. Here is what I decided to do...make Rice Krispie Treats!
After I let these dry, I could place them in the appropriate location for the horns.speech that my little cowboy gave last year.
I hope ya'll like the cake idea. Let me know if you need some more specific directions and I will try to help you out. A special thank you goes to Jackie, Christy, and Miranda that helped with how to make the horns.
-A Kansas Farm Mom