We decided to have a John Deere themed birthday party this year for our three year old and one year old (Their birthdays are only five days apart). This farming cake was the oldest's cake. He's very much into tractors right now.
This is one of my first attempts at cake decorating, but I had so much fun making this cake. It's a two layer 9" X 13" yellow cake with buttercream icing. The trees, tractor, plant sprouts, and row markers I sculpted from fondant. I just used store bought fondant and added coloring. I couldn't find the tip I needed for the grass in my area and didn't have time to order one, so my husband came up with a brilliant idea. He drilled little holes in the end of a thimble and it fit into the coupler just like a regular tip! He's so resourceful.
The tree trunks and fence are pretzel sticks. For the field I tinted some icing brown and sprinkled vanilla wafer crumbs on top to look like dirt. One thing that I've learned is that it really helps and looks more professional to level off the layers before inverting them.
My little boy was having his party at a local childrens' farm yard so I made this Farm Yard Cake to fit in with the venue. It was a square chocolate cake coated in caramel (sweetened condensed milk boiled in a bowl in the microwave until it turns golden brown - far easier and safer than the way we used to do it before microwaves, which was to boil the tin in a pan of water - I have heard many tales of the tins exploding!) with a covering of green rolled fondant.
I used some chocolate covered pretzel sticks for the "fence" and coloured fondant icing for the animals, pond, mud puddle and tractor. I used cookie cutter letters and numbers to cut the name and number from the leftover coloured icing as well as little flowers with some little flower shaped cutters from a cake decorating shop. It is a good idea to put the candles into some leftover icing to stop wax from dripping on the cake!
I made this homemade farmyard and barn cake for my friends son's 1st birthday. Its a chocolate mud cake with chocolate ganache and fondant icing. The barn is cake covered fondant. The birthday coincided with Easter so I included some Easter chicks in the scene. I also included the family cat and birthday boys big brother.
The animals are all made from fondant. This was my second attempt at cake making and I was worried I had bitten off more than I could chew!!! I was able to make the fondant figures in the week leading up to the birthday so in the last 24 hrs I baked the cake, covered it in ganache, iced it and decorated with the fence (made from chocolate fondant). I then made the barn and added the pre-made horse head, mouse, sheep pigs etc.
This cake was made for a coworkers' son. She wanted the farm theme, and found one on-line that she liked. We looked at other farm cakes on-line and picked the best ideas from each, ending up with "Lucas's 1st birthday cake".
The cake is chocolate with vanilla buttercream icing, then covered entirely with marshmallow fondant. The bottom layer is two 9-inch rounds. The barn was made from 3 layers made from individual-size loaf pans, trimmed to shape.
The animals were handmade a week earlier from a gumpaste/fondant mixture which was divided and colored, then allowed to dry. I fashioned them after Little Tykes farm animals (I actually practiced with play-doh prior to actually making them).
I assembled the homemade farm cake with barn and animals cake at the Birthday location, rather than risk it falling down in transit.
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