How to Make a Barn Cake and Butter Cream Icing

I am thankful for the internet! It is a wealth of information on everything that you could need, from recipes and knitting patterns to craft ideas, cake ideas and more. It is filled with inspiration, encouragement and wonderful bloggers such as ourselves. Yes, I know that the internet can also be a very dangerous place, filled with things that we do not want in our lives but it is a tool that, if used properly and wisely, can and does enrich our lives so much.

What prompted this gratefulness? Ideas for this barn cake. I had an order for a barn cake. I don’t do birthday cakes and have never made anything other than cupcakes and sheet cakes. I am also terrible at icing cakes! But since I had an order, I thought I’d better learn quick! So I needed some extra special ideas to distract from the flaws.

A special thanks to Penny Weaver and her easy to follow instructions for Marshmallow Fondant. Versitile, easy and not too expensive! The animals, grass and pond are all made from it – making them all edible! I also wrapped it around my silo to hold it in place (sort of!)

I am also thankful for the
Coolest Birthday Cakes for the other great ideas:

  • pretzels for the fence
  • graham cracker for the door as well as crushed for the ‘mud’ that the piggy is in
  • rice crispies for bales of hay

A special thanks to Nana for making the animals and her idea additions:

  • jelly beans for chicken eggs
  • coconut for a nest

My own ideas:

  • The grass and pond
  • goldfish crackers in the pond

Easy Butter Cream Icing:

  • 1/2 cup of Crisco
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • splash of vanilla
  • Milk to desired consistency (add by tsp.)

Cream Crisco and butter fully. Add sugar one cup at a time. I love this icing because it can be spreadable or have a thick consistency that pipes beautifully.


  1. Love the cake! I agree the internet is so handy! You can literally find anything!

  2. Well this is just the cutest cake I think I've ever seen! Wonderful.


  3. Thank you everyone!! This was my first attempt at any sort of 'special' cake so I have to say I was pretty proud of myself 🙂

  4. Awesome job! I threw a "farm" theme birthday for my son's 1st birthday…but all he got was cupcakes with cow spots on them. 🙂

  5. WOW! You did an amazing job on that cake!!! I bet that took a long time to put together. I've done a couple of farm theme cakes but nothing like yours (mine came from the Family Fun website). 🙂

  6. YOU RAWK!!! What a great MOMMY! Thans for sharing your Barnyard success with us for TMTT. Also, good for you for giving credit to the people who gave you the ideas. Great job.

  7. That is so, so cute–and so, so far outside the realm of my ability. Love it!

  8. Jenn,
    I would LOVE to do that cake for my son's 4th birthday coming up. Do you need special supplies/gadgets to make all those things?

  9. Great job on the barn cake. Too cute! I'm thankful for the wealth of helpful information on the internet too:)

  10. fantastic! My mom made our birthday cakes when we were young and now I am determined to make cakes for my kids. Unfortunatley I am so not creative – but thankfully others are and they post about it on the internet. Hoorray!!

  11. I made a barn cake years ago for my oldest son's second birthday. We had farm animals come to our house. It was so much fun. The cake was a red barn and fell over from the weight of it just after we cut it. But it was neat for a bit!

  12. That looks so cute! I decorate, too, but I haven't got to do it in a while. My daughters bday is coming up, though, so Im thinking I'll do one for her.

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