This Tennessee Farm Cake was made for my sweet grandson's 3rd birthday. I got ideas from several submissions on this site. The cake itself is an 18x26' sheet cake(1/2 chocolate and 1/2 white cake). I iced the entire cake in white buttercream.
The barn was made of cardboard, iced with royal icing and allowed to dry a couple of days in advance. I cut out inserts at the front door and window by painting the inside of small boxes black then positioning them in the openings and taping in place. Details to the barn were added with buttercream and doors were graham crackers.
The silo was a "Crystal Light" plastic container with royal icing, the top of the silo was black tinted fondant. I made lines in the silo and barn by just dragging a ruler vertically and didn't try to make the icing too smooth, as barns are made from rough lumber. On the barn roof, I dragged a "clean" hair pick to get the tin roof effect. The pathway from the barn was ground up chocolate teddy graham cookies, just sprinkled on. It really tasted good, but made writing on this surface very difficult. The grass was made using a grass cake decorating tip and flowers using a small drop flower tip.
All of the animals, fence, windmill, and trough were purchased, except the chickens and ducks, which I made with fondant. Used tinted coconut for straw in various places.
I wanted to make my son a Farmyard Birthday Cake for his first birthday because he loves his Fisher Price Barn he got from his Grandma and Grandpa. I looked at a lot of different barn and farm cake ideas online, but so many used the Wilton stand-up house pan, which I do not have and couldn't get ahold of. Instead I made the base in a small rectangular baking pan (I think it's 8"x10") and made the barn itself from an 8" square cake which I cut the corners off to give the roof shape. I used a chocolate pound cake recipe because I wanted a firm cake that wasn't going to collapse when I stood it up.
The green coconut "grass" in the barnyard was a much better idea in my head than it was in reality. The coconut was impossible to write on with icing, so I had to sweep it off of the area where I wrote his name.
I ended up making a much smaller cake than I had envisioned originally since it's just going to be us for his birthday. The recipe I used gave me enough batter to make the rectangular base cake, the square barn cake and a small round cake (probably about 4")for the birthday boy to have to himself.
I made this cake for my son's 1st birthday. The cake is a 9x11 carrot cake with extra raisins and coconut. (The recipe called for nuts but I left them out and replaced them with the raisins and coconut since so many small children were coming for the party.) This was to represent the soil and things that grow on a farm. It is iced with chocolate icing for the dirt. The grass is coconut tinted green. The path to the barn was made by putting a line of raisins on either side of the door and then filling with crushed cookies. The barn and tractor were coloring pages that I resized, colored and cut out. I made them stay in the cake by taping toothpicks to the bottom. I also backed them with 4 layers of paper (or you could use cardstock) to make them more sturdy. The animals are regular plastic animals from a toy set. The only tip I have is to make sure you tint the coconut early on, then spread it out to dry before putting it on the cake. You can spread it on a layer of wax paper.