Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Barnyard Cake





I can’t believe that my tiny little boy is already 2! I still remember how little my baby was. He was just as big as 1 ltr pepsi bottle. Most of you already know that my lill boy was born 5 weeks earlier than the due date. Today my super active toddler is all grown up & running all around. He has already mastered all skills that are needed for him to outshine. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family & the last 2 years as a full time mommy has been super fun. 

My first fondant decorated cake was Zion's 1st Bday cake. The theme was Jungle safari & I was really happy with the outcome. (Click here) However there was a lot of scope for improvement & over this last 1 year I have learnt a lot on my own in cake decoration.  Baked & decorated so many cakes for my friend’s parties. I never knew that this field would make me so popular.




Coming back to today's post, I had decided that for Zion’s 2nd Bday I have to make a very special cake. The ideas kept changing in my mind. My son’s fav Cartoons are Team Umi zoomi & Tayo the little Bus. I initially thought that I will make Team Umizoomi cake, but later changed my mind & decided to go ahead with Barn yard cake. Why Barn yard? Coz farm animals are the topic of discussion in Zion’s school for this semester. I thought it would be great idea to make this cake for his school celebration as all the kids would love to see these animal figurines.
I dint want to bake a lot of cake & waste. Hence I decided to make the Barn house with rice cereals & for the bottom I made a 9 inch round vanilla cake.  The cake was more than enough for 25 people. Every child including teachers loved the cake. It was such a joy watching all the kids enjoying eating it. The teachers were all praises & couldn’t believe that it was home made. Both my hubby & I had gone to the school for the cake cutting. Z was acting like a leader in class & I could see that he was trying to show off that it’s his cakeJ. He was after the tractor & had already eaten one tractor at home & now was game for another one too:)
 
I Baked a Vanilla Butter cake very similar to my Pound cake, with some extra butter in it. The cake had a 3 layer filling of Chocolate Butter cream icing. I definitely don't have any step by step tutorials for this. Please feel  free to ask me if you have any questions.
 
For Pound cake recipe click here.  I baked 2 batches of cake to make it this tall.
Chocolate Butter cream recipe:
  • 300 gms Butter (I used Amul Butter)
  • 7 - 8 Cups sifted Icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy Whipping cream
  • 1 Tspn Vanilla Essence
  • 1/4 cup +2 Tbsp Coco powder
  • Pinch of salt

  • Method:
    1. Make sure butter is at room temperature & not very soft.
    2. In the bowl cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes with an electric beater on medium speed.
    3. Add 7 cups icing sugar one cup at a time. Once the icing sugar is well mixed add whipping cream, coco powder and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. (for 3 to 4 mins) If you feel the frosting consistency is not right, then add in some more icing sugar.
    4. With a spatula fill each layer with 1/2 inch frosting & crumb coat the entire cake with this icing.
    5. Let the cake rest in the freezer for 10 mins until the crumb coat sets.
    6. Now remove cake out & do the final frosting around 1/2 inch thick on the outside.
     
    Note:
    1. Most of the figurines were made out of home made Marshmallow fondant. For recipe click here
    2. The figurines were made 4 days in advance & I put them in a air tight container.
    3. Rest of the fondant that I used for decoration was home made Fondant. I just followed Veena's recipe for this. Check her site here for the recipe. This fondant turned out so good & tasty. I could eat the fondant just like that. This is the best fondant I have ever tasted. Thanks Veena again for sharing your recipe.
    4. The Barn house is made of Rice cereal. I just used 5 cups of rice cereals & 2 cups of marshmallow to make this. Pop the marshmallow in the microwave for 1 minute until its melted. Now mix in the rice cereal & make it a soft dough. Now you can shape it to any shape you want
    5. To make the farm animals, I watched some tutorials on youtube. Pig Tutorial
     
     


     
     
     
     

    15 comments:

    1. awesome..belated wishes to the birthday boy
      Home Made Recipes

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    2. this is so beautiful... u made everything by yourself??? awesome...

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      1. Thx Rafeeda:) Yes I did it all by myself.

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    3. Right, they do grow up fast and before we know, the years have passed by. The cake simply stunning and I am stunned, the outcome with the figurines. You sure have the creativity and thumbs up.

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    4. it is lovely........ i love the little details like rooster on the top and the little bird in the nest, the ducks and pigs in the water... :) beautiful...~~

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    5. 'u spend so much time to do such wonderful things and make them edible too. Zion is a very lucky boy. My belated wishes to him :) extremely beautiful cake :)

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    6. Good job .... And must say that all the animals r in perfect shape :)

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    7. Wishing a very very happy b'day to your son... U have magic hands.. The cake is just sooo pretty... Tooo pretty to even cut..,
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    8. A very Happy Bday to Zion. D cake looks truly amazing. Such a beautiful cake it is..

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    9. b'dy wishes to your son and cake looks fab.

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    10. Wishes to Zion... love that yummy cake... i cant take my eyes off it...
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    11. wow its wonderful..loved the intricate details in it

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    12. Beautiful cake!!Love the details.

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