How to Make a Farm Cake Complete with a Barn, Silo and Farm Animals
My 12 year old daughter and I were sitting in a doctor’s office, a few months ago, flipping through a Family Fun magazine. We saw a picture of a barnyard cake that we were interested in making for my son’s 1st Birthday party. My 12 year old wanted to do most of the decorating on this one, so I was more of her assistant this time. We got into a time crunch when the party guests (ie. grandparents) had arrived, so we really had to speed things up. We didn’t end up doing the cow cupcakes, but we did do the chick cupcakes and pig cupcakes which I think turned out really cute. First, we started with 2 9″ round cakes, one pound cake and 12 cupcakes. We used two cake mixes and this recipe for the pound cake:
Pound Cake Recipe
4 sticks of butter, softened
2 cups Sugar
7 large eggs
3 cups Flour
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix butter and sugar in large mixing bowl for 3 minutes at high speed. Add eggs and flour. Mix for 3 minutes at high speed. Spread batter evenly between two loaf pans. Place both laof pans in the middle rack of the oven a few inches apart. Bake for one hour or until a kitchen knife inserted into the cakes comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans.
Once the pound cake was made and all the cakes were cooled, we took them out of their pans and began cutting this design out.
You can see how one circle cake was kept whole, the 2nd was cut out as shown above. On the pound cake, the corners were cut off of it and then we cut a rectangle out of the circle cake that it was sitting in to help support it and to make it not so tall. Three cupcakes were stacked on top of each other. The bottom 2 had the top cut off of them so that they would stack flat. There was a skewer poked down inside of them so that they did not fall over.
She iced the circles green and then generously iced the barn and silo in preparation to stick red, peel apart Twizzlers on as the siding. Once the siding was placed, we stuck square cereal on for the roof. We made white windows on the barn and silo, but didn’t use a tip like we should have, therefore, they look a bit messier than they would have if we had cared to make it “perfect”. We used pretzel sticks for the X on the windows of the barn and silo. She made fence out of pretzel sticks, dipped in melted chocolate to glue them together.
The cupcakes were as follows:
Iced with Yellow frosting. Topped with Yellow tinted coconut to look like feathers. Cut a yellow gummy fruit slice in half length wise to use as the chicks wings. Use 2 chocolate chips for the eyes and an orange fruit slice, cut into a triangle as the beak.
Ice the cupcakes pink. Use gummy fruit slices and cut the ends off each one for the ears. We used red because we didn’t have pink. Use a marshmallow for the nose, chocolate chips for the eyes and 2 small pieces of the red Twizzlers for the nostrils.
I wanted to take a picture of my daughter holding the cake so we could see all the cute animals. Right after this picture was taken, one of the cupcakes fell off onto the ground. You can tell she was really worried it was about to happen! LOL
Now that I told you all about how we made the cake, here’s some fun pictures of the actual birthday party. It was a small party, with only our immediate family and his 2 sets of grandparents. Our kids are enough to make a party feel big. We kept having little heads get in the way of our picture taking.
He gets a first look at his cake. He’s never eaten cake before….what could this be?
First bite. Not too shabby! I think he likes it!
So who needs hands to eat cake? Not him!! It’s too good to use hands!
“Uh oh, now I can’t breathe out of my nostrils. What’s up with that?”
“Oh, Maybe it IS easier to use my hands! Then I won’t get icing up the nose!”
Presents are so much fun! He really got into them. A lot of my presents pictures were a bit blurry because my camera setting was set wrong.
He had a great time opening presents and eating cake and ice cream. I hope you enjoyed our version of a first birthday party. I still can’t believe he’s already a year old!