My grandson Cayden, who turned four on this birthday, presented me with a drawing of exactly how he wanted his birthday cake to look. “I want a farmyard please, grandma”. He was very specific in explaining that he wanted a tree with apples, there had to be a pond with fish jumping out, the barn had to be red, and lastly, his most important “had to be” was a big sun in the sky over the barn. “Now grandma,” with a little wagging finger, “please don’ t forget the sun!” Don’t ever say you can’t, because apparently grandmas can do everything.
The easy part was the grass, pond and sunflowers. The tree had to be re-modelled three times. I finally discovered spaghetti! Fondant icing with spaghetti re-enforcing works wonders. And then “pile-driving” the spaghetti deep into the cake was an excellent base for the tree to stand on. It didn’t end there. The posts of the fence were secured to the cake with spaghetti. The rails, of course, spaghetti. The best part of the spaghetti project was the roof of the barn. How to hold up the wafer roof tiles? What else, spaghetti trusses.
Having overcome all these obstacles I was very tempted to abort the “sun issue” and explain that some things are not quite as simple as you think, even for grandmas. But, I happened to have some small polystyrene balls, just the right size, so rolled the fondant paper-thin and modeled two half circles around the balls.
Now for a many-pointed star. All glued together, smiley face, great sun! My friends Christmas string came to the rescue. It was gold thread twined around two almost transparent nylon threads. After about two hours of carefully unraveling the gold part, what was left was just over a meter of nearly invisible thread. It was carefully attached to the sun, and even more carefully attached to the beam of the roof which was over the cake.
Whew! The sun stayed happily looking down on the farm for the duration of the party. Enjoy making your own Barnyard Birthday Cake.
Farmyard Joint Birthday Cake
My nephew asked if I could make his two children a joint Barnyard birthday cake. The theme being farm animals as they were having a travelling farm for their party. I was quite nervous doing this as I’ve never made animals before and having tried a few different animals the results were not great as I found them difficult.
I decided the easiest way for me was to make them sitting up as I could make any animal I wanted by changing the color of fondant and adding the details of that particular animal.
Once I got the hang of it there was no stopping and soon I had my own farm of animals. They took me a couple of weeks to make, mostly sat in the evenings. I thought it would be fun make them sit at a table eating party food as this is what the children would be doing. Again great fun making all the little food. I also put two cakes on table, a blue one and a pink one, each with their name on them with candles (getting the tiny candles to stay on top of each cake was more of a challenge than making the animals !!) for how old each of the children were going to be.
I also made balloons for center of table and wrote the ages of the children on them as wanted to make it more persona. I made some straw hay bundles for the animals to sit on.
I covered the cake board in green piping to look like grass and added a couple of little flowers dotted around. Because I made so many animals I thought I would surprise my nephew and make cupcakes so they could give the guest them as the leave. I was thrilled as was everyone with the end results this has to be one of my favorite cakes I’ve made.
Coolest Farm Scene Birthday Cake
A friend of ours asked me to make a Barnyard Birthday cake for her daughter’s 2nd birthday, the theme was a farm as her party was at a farm. She sent me details of how she wanted it made. I had to make cows, pigs, bee’s and sheep.
It was a three tier cake. I made the cakes. The top one was a 4.5″ which I made two deep cakes in vanilla sponge, the middle tier was a chocolate sponge 7″ and the bottom tier was a 9″ vanilla sponge cake.
I filled all the cake with jam and butter cream and starting with the bottom tier I covered the whole cake in butter cream and chilled this in the freezer for 10min and then spread a second layer of butter cream and chilled for 10min. so it would be smooth when iced. I then covered in light green icing, which I had colored previously.
I then placed 4 dowel in the cake to support the 2nd tier. I now covered the 2nd tier in butter cream and chilled and then repeated the process and then covered in blue icing and then attached it to the top of the larger cake just off center so I could attach the animals later.
I now butter creamed the top tier in the same way as the last two and iced this in blue icing and attached this to the top of the cake in the center. I then covered the cake board in green icing. This was set aside overnight to harden.
The next day I started by making the fence in brown icing and then pipe iced in green all around the base of the cake to replica grass and piped stems up the cake to attach little flowers later.
The second tier I had to make trees so I cut out the trunks in brown and then the leaves and attached small red circles onto each tree. In between the trees I made the fields in different coloured greens. I then pipe iced all around the base of the second cake for the grass again. The top tier I attached some small marshmallows for the clouds. I then attached the bee’s and the animals to the cake and cake board and using a little icing I attached some small flowers I had made earlier.
Finally all that I needed to do was the wording, the cake was now finished and she loved it.
Cool Homemade Farmer Scene Birthday Cake
No matter your age, celebrate your inner child! This farmer themed cake was delivered to an 85 year old man who loves John Deere tractors, cows and his little brown dog. He had no idea there was a surprise birthday party in the works, or that he would receive a Barnyard birthday cake!
Wanting the elderly gentleman to have a keepsake, I purchased a John Deere tractor from our local Tractor Supply store rather than sculpting a tractor from gum paste. I live in the mountains of WV, and believe me when I say that blue jean overalls are a staple in the wardrobes of our local farmers lol! I sculpted the old farmer, in his overalls, out of gum paste. I pushed gum paste thru a garlic press to make the few hairs atop his balding head.
The cows, bull and the brown dog are also sculpted with gum paste. The hay was made with royal icing and a grass tip, and the trees are ice cream cones covered with royal icing. I used crushed chocolate cookies to make the dirt.
The cake was a yellow buttermilk pound cake with coconut butter cream filling. I hope the gentleman enjoyed his cake, and I wish him many, many more happy birthdays!
Coolest Farm Scene Birthday Cake
What a week, I decided that making a Barnyard Birthday cake for my grandson’s 2nd birthday would not only be fun but easy. Needless to say, farming is not to be taken lightly! I started with what I thought was the beginning, the design.
I researched, YouTubed, and made drawings til I was pleased with the layout. Then there was the discussion with my grandson as to what animals would be on the farm, he turned to me and said “two’s Gramma, two’s lellow cows”. It took twenty minutes to convince him that cows were not yellow. I realized this could be a drawn out process so mom and I decided what other animals to include.
I made a large sheet cake and covered it with green butter cream for the grass. I then rolled out chocolate fondant and cut it for the fence. I placed it around the cake which gave me the entire top for the barn, silo and animals. Now came the molding and shaping of animals. First was the horse, he was quite easy and gave me the courage to continue. The sheep were quite easy as well, then I hit the wall , it was in the form of a cat! I thought I had made the cutest cat, showed it to my family who happily replied.” aww what a cute doggie”!
Back to the fondant. I managed to find a tutorial on making a cat and had great success the next time. The other animals were fairly easy, I did have to redo the pigs, something else I thought would be easy!
The tractor - my grandson wanted a blue tractor, so that’s what I gave him. I had never made a vehicle so this was a first. I was kinda proud it looked pretty good. I even gave the farmer a straw hat and curled it up at the ears so he looked cool! haha. They looked good till I get up the next morning thrilled with how things were going only to find all four tires on the tractor were flat! The fondant was to soft, what to do, so I removed the tires and put them in the fridge. Hard, they were hard, I was thrilled. Yes, that lasted til they warmed up. Remember, I have never done this before. So the only thing I could come up with was to pipe grass at the base of the tires so no one would notice, it worked. My brain was doing cartwheels trying to figure things out.
The barn and silo were next, stacking cakes are a challenge for me. I used doweling but they still wobbled and threatened to fall.So my husband put a wedge of cake at the back and bottom of the barn and the silo, it helped so much. He made me promise to never try and build a house for anyone though, how rude!
I then coated the barn and silo in butter cream and finished the detailed work. The whole cake, animals and all took around four days to complete. Although I struggled with different parts of this I would gladly do it again. Not only was it a great learning experience, it was so worth it to see the look on my grandson’s face. He was thrilled.
I love my grandson with all my heart and put that love into this cake for my little man.
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