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.