Farm Cake Tutorial – The Shed and Cow

This is the final tutorial for the farm cake – the shed, the horse and cow.

To make the shed, I began by making a template from thin cardboard

You only need the two pieces for a square shed. Add some tylo powder into your red fondant (or just use gumpaste), roll out finely and cut out your pieces.

Using the back of a knife and a ruler, mark out lines for the wood pieces

Make horizontal lines for the end of the wood, and make small holes for the nails. Using a modelling tool, make some grooves on the wood to add texture.

Roll out some white fondant and use a wood impression mat (I bought mind from a clay modelling shop… much cheaper than from a cake decorating shop!). Cut out strips for the shed door.

Attach to the shed door with some water and cut out a black rectangle for the top (where the horse head will be)

Make a small toothpick hole in the black square for the horse head to be attached later on…. make sure the hold only goes halfway in the fondant.

Leave to dry until hard (probably up to 48 hours, but at least 24 hours)

I always dry my fondant out on baking paper so that it is easy to remove.

Once dry, assemble the shed. I used containers either side to hold the sides in place.

Roll out some brown fondant (that has been mixed with tylo powder), use a wood impression mat and cut out your roof pieces (which are basically two rectangles). Leave to dry overnight.

Attach to the top of the shed

Unfortunately I’ve misplaced the photos of the horse!! But I basically rolled out a chocolate brown oval. Marked two black eyes using an edible marker and made the ears using the same method as the pig. For the hair, I used some darker brown fondant and put it through my sugar shaper to get my strands of spagetti (you could use a garlic press for this) and then glued them onto my horse head. The last thing I did was to attach half a toothpick to the back of the head before leaving it to dry overnight.

For the cow, I started by cutting by hand the cow’s  body and attaching just above the fence

I then made the ears (same method as for the horse) and stuck a pink and white ball together for the cow’s face and indented the nostrils.

To make the legs, I rolled out some white fondant and black fondant into thick strips, cut them out and stuck them together.

Once the body, head and legs were stuck to the cake, it was easier to add the black eyes, pink udder, tail (done the same way as the legs) and black spots on the body.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the farm cake tutorials 🙂 Here’s a picture of some matching cookies I made for the baby shower. Cello bags were from ebay and the labels were made in Illustrator.

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7 Responses to Farm Cake Tutorial – The Shed and Cow

  1. Paula January 13, 2012 at 1:20 am #

    I love seeing your step by step process of this adorable creation. You are very smart to source materials for your craft in other places other than baking supply stores…prices can be so expensive and finding what will work for you in another shop at a much lower price is always great.

  2. Shona January 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Bronnie – have loved catching up on this and your other tutorials. Know its a bit late but hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family. Looking forward to seeing what magnificent things you have in store this year! x

  3. BronnieBakes Admin January 18, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks Shona! I hope you also had a wonderful christmas and happy new year with your family xxx

  4. Lily May 15, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    I totally love your creation! where do u advice me to purchase the ingredients, what kind of tool or things I will need to purchase to make this cake… I have never done any bakery at all but I would love to do my son’s first birthday cake! What an adventure!!!!!

    • BronnieBakes Admin May 15, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Lily!

      Thanks for your lovely comments.. I really appreciate them 🙂

      I suggest you buy some fondant, tylo powder, small rolling pin, set of circle cutters and a set of modelling tools. You should be able to buy everything from a cake decorating shop or ebay. Let me know if you need any more help!

      Bronnie xx

  5. Stacey October 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    Hi Bronnie, awesome tutorial and will help me so much with my barnyard cake…just wondering what did you use to stick the walls of the barn together and does it make it really sturdy? I was thinking of using styrofoam for the middle…?


    • BronnieBakes Admin October 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

      Hi Stacey

      I didn’t use anything in the middle – I just used thick fondant that I mixed a hardening agent into and then made the 4 sides and let them dry until completely hard. Then I just stuck them into a box shape and it worked really well!


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