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Horse sculpture made of cake is tall, buttery and sweet

Cake decorators Geraldine Kidwell, left, and Carolyn Cole added a cake layer while they worked Saturday to create a horse out of cake in the food court at the Lexington Center.
Cake decorators Geraldine Kidwell, left, and Carolyn Cole added a cake layer while they worked Saturday to create a horse out of cake in the food court at the Lexington Center. Lexington Herald-Leader

The edible horse cake in the food court at Lexington Center stands at 16 hands and is all buttery and sweet — but don't dare stick a finger in the icing.

The cake sculpture, at the International Equestrian Festival at Lexington Center, is the creation of members of the Kentucky International Cake Exploration Societé, or ICES.

When cake designer Leigh Sipe heard about the equestrian event, she thought about creating a horse out of cake to show the art of cake decorating. It took two days to build the horse, and hours of prep work were involved before the horse's frame arrived at Lexington Center.

"We had four people making 500 pounds of chocolate buttercream icing," Sipe said.

She made 22 cakes that are 20-by-20 inches, 12 cakes that are 18-by-18 inches, and two half-sheet cakes.

Decorator Geraldine Kidwell baked 10 cakes that made up the horse's head, neck and chest.

Deciding how to make the mane and tail was a challenge. "But once we figured out what to use, it was a simple thing," Sipe said. The mane and tail contain 10 pounds of 36-inch strips of licorice.

The horse's legs are made of Rice Krispies treats, which were made from five boxes of Rice Krispies cereal, five bags of marshmallows and 2 pounds of butter.

The horse cake sculpture, which is not edible because glue was used in the construction, will be on display throughout the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which end Oct. 10. Even more elaborate cake sculptures will be on display when about 2,000 cake decorators come to Lexington in August 2013 for the ICES convention.

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