In October 2012 my brother-in-law and niece visited us from the UK. They were leaving a few weeks before my niece’s birthday so we decided she needed an Australian birthday party. I was racking my brain about what to make a 4-year-old girl. I didn’t want to ask her Mum or Dad because I wanted it to be a surprise. I figured that when she arrived I would ask some probing questions and find out what she likes.
Hubbie and I went to the airport to meet them and I was ecstatic about what I saw – she was holding a My Little Pony! My sisters and I loved My Little Pony growing up. I remember when we were first introduced to them – we received a copied VHS with My Little Pony and Escape from Catrina (the two original standalone episodes of My Little Pony) and the movie The Last Unicorn. I can tell you that VHS was played over and over and over again.
My sisters and I owned a few My Little Ponies growing up and we had our favourites – mine was Bowtie and I am sure it has nothing to do with that she is blue! My middle sister’s favourite was Applejack and my youngest sister loved Moondancer – who was the first unicorn and multi-coloured mane in our collection. (My sisters and I were very fortunate growing up and had our own real little ponies. Here is a photo of me on my Welsh pony called Crystal.)
So the decision was made – I was going to make a My Little Pony cake! My niece had a pink pony with strawberries on it and unfortunately I don’t know what it was called. To join her pony I made one for each of my sisters and also one for me! I also made a princess and a rainbow because I know kids LOVE eating fondant rainbows. My niece (almost 4 at the time) also helped with making of the cake and even used the electric beaters and once reminded me to set my scales to zero before weighing something. I think she is going to be a very smart cookie!
Not long after I made the cake I visited a friend who had recently had a baby girl. My friend grew up with ponies and has horses of her own. As soon as I mentioned My Little Pony she said her favourite was Applejack! Then she went on to tell me her Mum threw hers away. I told her how I was now in possession of my Bowtie, but I almost lost her. My youngest sister gave her to my other niece (middle sister’s daughter)! My niece one day was showing me her My Little Ponies and I saw Bowtie and promptly said “She is mine!” This didn’t go down too well and I was told Aunty [Little Sister] gave her to my niece. I happened to turn over Bowtie and the year 1983 was stamped on her hoof. My little sister was born in 1983 so I told my niece that Aunty couldn’t have owned this pony because it was made the year she was born, but I decided I would let my niece have Bowtie for the time being. I am a terrible Aunty and a couple of years later, on my nieces birthday, I asked for Bowtie back! I figured she had outgrown them and had lots of new pressies and the plan worked and she happily gave me Bowtie back
So back to my friend, two years later I remember the story and thought I would make her a fondant Applejack. I am fairly happy with how she turned out, she is no way near perfect, but I was able to put a fair bit of detail on her using tweeny went pieces of fondant. I also took the opportunity and played with some piping and tried out making two-toned piped roses.
Since this blog post is about ponies I thought I would share a photo of my friend’s foal who was only a week old when I took the cake around. He is such a beauty.
I’ll try to write more blog posts and more often. And I just wanted to say a special hello and thank you to the couple of people who said they missed my posts. You are so very sweet.