Melbourne Cup Pony Cake

8 Nov

AKA Christmas Try-Outs.


I’ve had this IKEA cake tin set since last Christmas, sitting patiently waiting for an outing. Just two little ponies, a mumma and baby, waiting in their stalls. And since we were invited to a Melbourne Cup gathering, well, giddy-up horses! I used a ginger cake recipe I’ve also had kicking around for years, from my trusty Cooks Companion. It’s fudgey and moist and delicious – a great pantry cake, nothin’ fancy in it and mixes in the food processor…

125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup treacle or golden syrup
1 egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2-3 teaspoons ground ginger – depending on how spicy you like it!

Blitz diced butter with sugar in food processor til colour pales. Add treacle, blitz again til it looks even paler and yummier, then egg, then sour cream. Sift all the dry ingredients together then add to processor in a few batches, pulsing just enough to combine. Then into your ponies and bake for about 40 minutes.


I gutted my mumma pony and added some apricot jam to the centre. Sadly the baby pony was gobbled up soon after baking and didn’t make it for a final photography session. Nom nom.







2 Responses to “Melbourne Cup Pony Cake”

  1. thecookingchook November 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!! And how appropriate that you would make a horsey cake for Melbourne Cup?! The IKEA cake tin was useful after all…. I wonder if they still sell these cake tins?

    • Rosalind Thomas November 8, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

      Hey Cooking Chook, they have them at the Sydney (Tempe) store – so there’s hope!

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