My boy Phillip turned 1 year old on 16 Jan 2012. He absolutely adores animals, all kinds, so I decided on a cheerful farm-themed birthday party. I used a large sheet cake for the 'farm yard' and cut a second sheet of cake into 4 pieces, stacked them and shaped the top to form the Barn.
I used milk-chocolate ganache for the filling between the layers, and also for the roof of the barn. I used green colored butter cream icing for the farm yard, (finished off by some green vermicelli for 'grass'), and red butter cream icing for the barn. All the animals, trimmings and details for the rest of the cake, were made from plastic icing (sugar paste). Of course, I also had to make a dog, Phillip's favorite animal (his first word was woof-woof!)
To support the weight of the 'barn' on top of the cake sheet, I strengthened the bottom cake with 9 dowels. The sugar-animals also were quite heavy, so I decided to make little green 'platforms' for them, to help with spreading the weight of the figurines when I placed them on the cake.
I made smaller versions of cows, horses, pigs and sheep, to put on each cup cake - these served as party favors for the kids to take home!
I made this Down on the farm cake for my son's 1st birthday. We made 4 - 9" square cakes and stacked 3 of them up for the barn, then some smaller pieces for the roof area. The silo was made by cutting the cake into circles using a cookie cutter. We took a long serrated knife to cut the roof angles together. We also chiseled out a little bit where the window is so that the bird could sit in there.
We then frosted the whole thing and decorated it to look like a barn. TIP: If you want red icing, tint it the day before. It takes a LOT of food coloring, but it gets darker the longer it sits, so to make sure you don't have a pink barn, color your icing a day before. The grass was made with a grass tip, just in a few places to make it stand up. I also used some yellow icing with a small round tip to make the hay that is sticking out of the window.
We then used PlayMobil farm animals and farmer and such to help the scene.
I made a 9" chocolate cake and frosted it with a vanilla butter cream frosting colored green for this Barnyard Child Birthday Cake. Then I baked the house cake from the Wilton house pan and held it on the round cake with large skewers. I frosted the barn red, shingled the roof with graham crackers, and decorated windows and white and black lines with store-bought gel colors.
Then I tinted some store bought vanilla frosting yellow and piped the "straw" over a couple of hostess cupcakes to make haystacks. I stacked fudge striped cookies, gluing them together with frosting, and covered them with red frosting for the silo and topped it with a small white finger bowl.
Finally, I glued pretzels together with egg whites (didn't let the kids eat them) to make the fence and decorated with little people animals.
After seeing the Little People farm cake decorating kit, I decided I could do something similar using the Little People Farm I was thinking about buying my son for his first birthday anyway.
Wilton had instructions on their website for a "Little Red Barn Cake" which was awesome, but called for creating the animals out of fondant / icing.
I ended up combining a few different plans, and came up with this. I used a brownie base and inset the Wilton stand-up house cake. By using brownie, I did not need to use dowels and still had the benefit of the extra dessert.