Horton hears a who birthday cake

Remember a few weeks back when I was trying to decide what cake to make my son for his birthday? well we finally decided on a Horton hears a who cake. I was planning to make him a  2 tyre cake with Horton on top and the other characters on the sides. Sadly his sister’s final exams were rescheduled and his birthday landed right in the middle of them. So I had two choices, either postpone the birthday till after the exams, or make a small cake and a minimal party. I went with the second because I think a birthday loses meaning when it is celebrated on another day.

I can tell you that the birthday boy was extremely happy with his cake but he would not allow anyone to touch Horton..he is still in the fridge (Horton that is lol )and my little boy goes to check on him every 10 minutes..he opens the fridge …HOOOOOOOOOTEN (that’s what he calls him).. he smiles and closes the door..

To make the Figure I tried something new. Rice crispy treats figures. I have seen the technique before and now felt like the right time to try it. It was a lot of fun and much easier than trying to carve it out of cake, and on the plus side it is edible and yummy :) on the down side I couldn’t get a smooth outcome. Next time I will pulse the rice crispy cereal a bit before using it to make the treats, I think that will help give a smoother texture

Another change I attempted this time is to use ganache under the fondant instead of butter cream. I have never been a big fan of butter cream. It is too rich and when layered under fondant, the sweet component kind of gets out of control.

The filling this time was cream patisserie. I love the velvety smooth texture of it and it is a beautiful compliment to anything it is paired with. 

Horton hears a who cake

Cake recipe (my regular butter cake. recipe here)

Bake your cake and allow it to cool (It would be even better if you would do this the day before)

Divide your cake into 2 or more layers

Brush with simple syrup .

Fill with cream patisserie (recipe follows)

Frost the cake with a thin layer or ganache.(recipe follows)

Place in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.

Roll out your fondant on a sugar dusted surface or on some wax paper

Carefull transfer the fondant and drape it over the cake and smooth gently.

Decorate to your heart’s desire. I used cookie cutter and small fondant balls of different colors

MMF(marshmallow Fondant. Step by step tutorial here)

For the cream patisserie  (recipe from joy of baking)



1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large egg yolks

1/4 cup granulated white sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cornstarch (corn flour)



In a medium-sized heat proof bowl, mix the sugar and egg yolks together. (Do let the mixture sit too long or you will get pieces of egg forming.) Sift the flour and cornstarch (corn flour) together and then add to the egg mixture, mixing until you get a smooth paste.


Meanwhile, in a saucepan bring the milk boiling (just until milk starts to foam up.)


 Remove from heat and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. (If you get a few pieces of egg (curdling) in the mixture, pour through a strainer.)


Remove vanilla bean, scrape out seeds, and add the seeds to the egg mixture.


 Then pour the egg mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30 – 60 seconds until it becomes thick.


 Remove from heat and immediately Stir in vanilla


 Pour into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming. 


Chocolate ganache


2:1 chocolate to cream (is you use 200 grams chocolate you need 100 ml cream)


Chop the chocolate or

pour the cream over the chocolate.

Microwave  using 30 seconds intervals.

After each interval stir the mix gently.

When the chocolate melts completely and the mixture is smooth, your ganache is ready.

Allow it to cool to room temperature

Rice crispy treats (RCT)

1 box rice crispy cereal

1 bag mini marshmallows

1 tablespoon butter

Grease a microwave bowl with butter, add the marshmallows and butter, microwave in 40 second intervals stir after each one. (You can melt your marshmallows over a double broiler if you don’t have a microwave)

Once the marshmallows melt completely add the rice cereal and stir untill combined.

Wait 5 minutes for it to cool.

 Start making your figures

I formed the tummy, front and back legs first

Head (I inserted tooth picks in the head to help hold it to the body when assembled) and number 2.

The assembled pre- fondant Horton (assembled just to check shape, you need to cover each part with fondant first)

Allow to dry over night if possible (I didn’t have that luxury)

Cover each part with fondant then assemble and add the details you want.

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  1. GREAT job!!! This is fantastic. :) A tip that might help you get the smooth results you are looking for, after molding the rice treats, paint melted white chocolate over the surface, and let dry, it really makes a big difference. That being said, Horton looks pretty darn smooth to me. Again, what a great job!

  2. That elephant is so bloody creative! never heard of horton… but seriously impressed with the cake decorating effort! Your son is very lucky!

  3. Holy cow! Or should I say elephant. This is just fantastic! I’m so impressed. Also, I think you were smart to go with rice krispies seems like they’d hold up better to a 2-year-old!

    • Thank you Greg and yes you are right..a Horton made of fondant would not have made it to the party…he is still in the fridge and my little boys goes to check on him every 10 minutes..he opens the fridge …HOTEN(that’s what he calls him) ..he smiles and closes the door

  4. This is a masterpiece! I really thought the elephant was a toy! Magnificient!

  5. Wow, this is phenomenal! I cannot get over how perfect Horton looks! You have such talent, I am envious! Have a wonderful time at the party!

  6. Angela

     /  June 4, 2011

    wooooow sawsan . reallly amazing !!!!! and say happy birthday to bibo and kis him for me <3 <3
    sooo innocent birthday cake
    i'm very confused about my son's i decided to make sponge bob cake couse day by day he loves him more :) but I'm not sure i'll succeed in making sponge cake can i make any english cake and just cover it with fondant? and how many cake molds i'll need? one or two?

    • Sorry for the delay Angela..
      You can make any cake you like as long as it is some what firm and not too crumbly.
      The number of cakes you will need depends on how big you want to make the cake..

  7. That is such an awesome work of art! What a fantastic artist you are! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  8. Oh. My. Goodness. I love this. I may need to send this link to my mom as a hint for my birthday. I think she would get scared the second she sees the word “fondant.”

    Favorite line in the movie: “You just take care of that meatball sir and leave the freaking out to me!”

    • Loooool I love that qoute too…
      Mine is when Vlad says..I’ll do it in exchange for that little kangaro
      Roody: Muuuuuum!
      Quiet Roody…mummy is thinking it over

  9. Sooo cute..I am sure your son would have loved it.Very good job on decoration!!

  10. This is so adorable! My kids love Horton and you have truly made it/him come to life. Woderful job!

  11. This is absolutely amazing! My kids would flip! I’m so terrible at cakes and am always so impressed when I see a good one – and this is a seriously good one! Wow! (I love the fridge door story too! So cute!)

    • Thank you so much for the sweet words…I was horrible at cake making and decorating but I kept trying…I will keep the number of cakes that didn’t even make to the table a secret lol but believe me , time after time you get better and the best part is that it is a wonderful thing to do with kids…they have a blast helping

  12. HOW COOL!!!! I love that you make parts of it out of rice krispie treats. It looks amazing!

    • Hi Erin..it was really fun to make it with the rice treats..and it holds up better than fondant..
      thank you for your sweet comment

  13. WOW is all I can say. That is an awesome cake. Well done!!!

  14. OH MY GODNESS….. Sawsan! You are crazy! (in a good way, of course ;-) ). Or I should say you are amazing!! I am 100% sure your son was thrilled to see this. I am, right now. Great job! If I made this kind of cake, I think I would be taking pictures of this creation and would forget it’s birthday celebration. Haha.

    • Loool I wish I had the time to take more pictures but with the exams and all there was very little time.
      I’m really glad you like it…I can tell you that my son loved it so much..and that was the whole point…to make him happy

  15. Wow… don’t you have some talent, there….
    Who am I kidding, you’ve got HEAPS of talent! It looks amaaazzinngg…

    I can imagine my elephant (if I were ever to make this) looking a bit lopsided with severe down syndrome…. :-(
    He’d be a very unhappy elephant, indeed.

    ……………..who ate it?

  16. eva626

     /  June 4, 2011

    my sister once made a cake for my dad’s bday out of rice crispies but it wasnt as cool as yours!!! it was just a big square with piles up layers with chocolate frosting on top..

  17. Oh how I wish that I could sculpt a cake like that… you are amazing!!! That is one incredible cake!

  18. WOW..what a cake! I’m not a huge fan of fondant, but with skills like yours, I’d buy it from you in nano-second, ‘and’ eat the fondant! lol

    • Lol
      I did not use to eat fondant too until I came across this recipe at cake central, it actually tastes “good” and you can manage to take a bite or two..
      Thank you Lisa for stopping by and for your kind words

  19. Etaf

     /  June 5, 2011


    are you planning to kill me sona,


  20. kouky

     /  June 5, 2011

    waou!! ton gâteau est superbe!! je suis impressionnée par tous les détails que tu as parfaitement réalisés!! très bon anniversaire à ton fils!! bises!

    • Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment :)
      I asked my best friend to translate your comment for me because I’m not that good at french :)
      will reply to you in details soon :)

    • Merci pour visiter mon blog et pour tes gentilles commentaires! Je te remercie pour tes souhaits d’anniversaire

  21. Wow, great job with this cake, I’m so impressed! Too cute how your son keeps checking on HOOOTEN. I’m sure I would too. Wouldn’t want anyone ruining that masterpiece!

  22. This is absolutely precious! Thanks for demonstrating how to make the rice treat figures–I definitely learned something new :)

    • Thank you Nourhan..that is the best part about blogging..you meet new people and learn something new every day

  23. Shireen

     /  June 8, 2011

    That is FABULOUS Sawsan! You are a true artist! You’ve done a wonderful job! Happy birthday to little Bibo and many many happy returns to come! I’m sure that cake made him over the moon!!! My children are already big fans of yours… they loved Horton and laughed their brains out about Bibo checking on Horton every 10 minutes! Really SWEET!

  24. Amazing, this is a really expert looking cake. I take my hat off to you — I like to spend time in the kitchen, but this just looks like waaaaaaaaay too much effort. Beautiful.

  25. You are so talented. Amazing cake!

  26. What size cake tin did you use??did you double your usual cake recipe for this cake?can i bake the same recipe in a 9″ cake and divide it into layers?how do you cut it into such neat layers btw…sorry for soo many questions at once,I’ve bought all the ingredients for the cake and fondant…nephews birthday on 26th and I’m really nervous since its my first fondant cake.bt however it turns up I’d definitly post the pics for u,cuz I dont think I would have dared to do the fondant cake if I hadn’t stumbled upon your blog…:)

    • The pan you see is a 20 by 23 cm which is not one of the standard sizes but it takes 9 cups so a 9 inch round cake pan should be fine. Try measuring how many cups of water your pan takes. If it takes around 9 cups then it should be fine.
      For this cake I did not double the recipe, if you double the recipe you will need 2 pans, it really depends on how many people you need to feed.
      I cut it using a trick I saw on TV. Measure the thickness of the cake and half it and put tooth picks at the half mark all around the cake and cut immediately above the toothpicks using them as your support and guide.

      Please don’t appologize, ask as many questions as you want, I am happy to help. Happy birthday to your nephew and I really can’t wait to see the results and hear about the cake.
      Remember take it easy and enjoy it and take your time, you will get better results if you don’t rush things. Try to work at a time when your kitchen is not too hot, hot weather makes fondant sticky and easy to tear. You can make the cake two days in advance and the fondant can be made up to two weeks in advance and you can assemble the cake on the same day or the night before.

      • Aww…u r so sweet!!I was wondering about how early i can make the cake and I thought it would be a bother to ask you soo many questions,so left it out…but you’ve answered it evn b4 i put de question up..i cant wait to make the cake…I have just one more question regarding chocolate ganache,I’ve bought a bar of Dr.Oetker’s Chocolate flavoured Cake Covering Bar…is it possible to make chocolate ganache using this bar?I bought it by mistake thinking its cooking choc bak frm saudi n nw m bak home in india…its really difficult to get a good quality bar of cooking chocolate here(btw de climate here is VERY hot ryt nw…:S…will try making fondant at night because its cooler then)

      • I am glad my comment was helpful, please ask as many questions as you want
        can you tell me what the ingredients in the Dr Oetker’s chocolate flavored cake covering are? and what are the instructions to prepare it. I don’t think we have this here and I am not sure if it will work in the ganach but if you give me the ingredients maybe I can help you more
        As for the fondant, definitely make it at night if the weather is too hot.

  27. It contains sugar,vegetable oil,fat reduced cocoa powder(13%),wheat flour,whey powder & emulsifiers. These are the hints given on the packet:
    It is easy to melt and gives a perfect glossy finish every time.
    It is ideal for use as an ingredient in recipes or as a covering for cakes, fairy cakes and tray bakes.

    • I am not sure it wil work. You can try and if it doesn’t work, you can scrape it and use buttercream as a base under fondant, you can find my recipe for buttercream in my princess cake post

  28. Should i store the fondant in the fridge or at room temperature if i make it 2 days before??

    • You should store it wrapped tightly at room temperature, if you store fondant or a fondant covered cake in the fridge the humidity will soften the fondant and causing the colors to bleed

  29. Finally!!!I made my very first fondant cake..used your cake recipe,marshmallow fondant recipe,cream pattiserie recipe and added a bit of cocoa to your buttercream recipe…everyone loved it…ill be uploading the pics on my blog soon,but as i promised a pic as soon as possible ,jus visit this link:http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=461317650549519&set=a.102159849798636.5245.100000138652450&type=1&theater

    • Yay! I was waiting for your comment!
      I am so glad the cake turned out so well, it is really beautiful and the colors you chose are wonderful.
      Hats off to you on a job well done and Happy birthday to your sweet nephew

  30. Posted on my blog,take a peek:http://tastyveedu.blogspot.in/2012/05/fondant-birthday-cake.html

    I still can’t believe I’ve made my first fondant cake!Thanks a million Sawsan… I couldn’t possibly have done it without your lovely blog!

  31. Oh … my … goodness!!

    How did I miss this post?

    You’re SO amazing. :)

  32. Anonymous

     /  December 11, 2012


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