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Horse Rider

by Jan Clement-May


Learn how to make a cartoon-style horse rider figurine from sugar for the equestrian in your life.

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Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine contributor, Jan Clement-May, shares an extract from her book, Squires Kitchen’s Guide to Making Sugar Figures (B. Dutton Publishing). In it she shows you how to hand-model a fun horse rider figurine in her trademark style, perfect for topping birthday and celebration cakes.


  1. Preparation
    Get the quantities and materials ready for the project in advance.
  2. Whip
    Find out how to make a sturdy whip for your horse riding figurine.
  3. Feet and Legs
    Learn how to assemble a correctly-proportioned sugar figure.
  4. Body
    Find out how using layers of sugar dough can help create a realistic sugar figure.
  5. Arms and Hands
    Discover how to make cartoon arms and hands used modelling paste.
  6. Head
    Give your figure a fun, cartoon-style face with Jan Clement-May's instructions.
  7. Riding Hat
    Learn how to make a fun accessory for your horse rider.
  8. Cupcake Decorations
    An optional addition to the horse rider, learn how to make a rosette and horse shoe decoration for cupcakes and more.

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Featured in Spring 2012 issue

Project by Jan Clement-May

Jan Clement-May

author of Horse Rider

Jan Clement-May started sugarcrafting in 1995 after being inspired by a novelty cake book. Having originally qualified as a graphic designer, Jan applied her artistic talent and creative flair to cake decorating and began to make cakes for her two children, as well as for other family members and friends. In 2001, she set up The Too Good to Eat Company from home and shortly afterwards began to contribute projects to Cakes & Sugarcraft magazine. Jan is now a well-recognised and regular professional tutor at Squires Kitchen International School.