How to Make a Barn Birthday Cake
Ingredients You'll Need:
- 2 packages yellow cake mix
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 6 eggs
- 2 (16-oz) cans vanilla frosting
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring
- 9 chocolate graham crackers
- Gummy lifesavers
- 1 tube white decorating icing
- 3 large shredded wheat cereal biscuits
- 1 wooden skewer
- 2 packages golden cream-filled cupcakes
- 1 cup yogurt covered raisins
Barn Birthday Cake Instructions:
- Heat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease three 8" square baking pans and one 9" x 5" loaf pan. Prepare cake mixes in two separate bowls using 1 1/4 cups water, 1 tablespoon oil, and 3 eggs for each; beat for 2 minutes.
- Divide batter from one mix evenly between two square pans. Divide batter from second mix between square and loaf pans. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Using a knife, loosen edges of cakes and invert onto wire racks; cool completely.
- If necessary, trim top of cakes to make them level. To assemble barn, place one of the square cakes toward one end of a cookie sheet that's been wrapped in brown paper. Spread top with 1/2 cup frosting, spreading almost to the edges of the cake. Top with the second square cake; frost with 1/2 cup frosting, again spreading almost to the edges of the cake. Top with the third square cake.
- To make loaf cake even with square cakes, cut off about 1/2" from one end, saving trimmings. Spread bottom of loaf cake with about 1/4 cup frosting; place in center of square cakes to form the top of the barn.
- Set aside 1/4 cup frosting to use for attaching the roof. Combine remaining frosting from first can and all of second can in a medium bowl. Stir in cocoa powder and red food coloring (color darkens to more of a "barn red" in a few hours). Spread entire cake with frosting, covering sides and top (the spaces on either side of the loaf cake will be covered with the roof).
- Place chocolate graham crackers on top of cake, tilting to make a barn-shaped roof, using a little frosting to help them stick together. Prop them up with gummy lifesavers, if necessary. Use pieces trimmed from loaf cake to fill in the empty spaces on the front of the cake under the roof (on either side of the loaf cake). Cover pieces with red frosting.
- To make barn doors, break one graham square in half to form two small rectangular cookies. Using white decorating icing, outline both cookies and draw a horizontal line in middle of each cookie. Draw an "X" on the bottom halves of both cookies. Break off a corner of the remaining graham square to make a space for the hay in the "open window" above the doors; set aside.
- With white decorating icing, outline a space to make a door and window on front of barn; outline sides of barn and draw windows on sides.
- Spread some frosting on window space in front and press graham cracker into space. Add some shredded-wheat bits into broken corner portion of window. Attach a gummy lifesaver above window. Attach barn doors on both sides of door opening.
- To make a silo for your barn birthday cake, push a wooden skewer through 5 face-down cupcakes; place next to barn. Spread a bit of frosting on the bottom of 6th cupcake and place right- side-up on top of silo.
- Make a haystack on the side of barn door by propping up about 1/4 of a shredded wheat biscuit next to one of the barn doors. Crumble remaining biscuits and make a hay walkway leading out from barn door. Use yogurt-covered raisins to create ground on either side of the hay.
- Place plastic farm animals in the hay and on the raisins to complete your barn birthday cake.
Yield: 32 servings.
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