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Barn Cake with Farm Animal Cupcakes

Barn Cake

Bake up a delicious red barn and fun-to-decorate animals.

Ingredients

Cake, Cupcakes and Frosting

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow or devil’s food cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 2 containers (1 pound each) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
  • Red liquid food color
  • Red gel or paste food color

Barn Decorations

  • Tray or foil-covered cardboard (about 20 x 15 inches)
  • 5 thin pretzel sticks
  • 6 Graham cracker squares
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • Yellow liquid food color
  • Green liquid food color

Chick Decorations

  • Reserved yellow coconut (from barn)
  • 8 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 4 small orange gumdrops

Sheep Decorations

  • 4 red miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 8 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 4 small white gumdrops, cut in half vertically
  • 64 miniature marshmallows, cut in half crosswise

Pig Decorations

  • 8 red miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 8 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 1 roll Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® strawberry chewy fruit snack (from 5-ounce box)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with shortening or cooking spray. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. Cake, Cupcakes and Frosting: Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs.
  3. Pour 2 1/4 cups batter into square pan; divide remaining batter among muffin cups.
  4. Bake cupcakes 17 to 22 minutes, square pan for 22 to 27 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely at room temperature, about 1 hour.
  6. Refrigerate or freeze square cake for 1 hour until firm.
  7. In small bowl, tint 1 cup of the frosting with red liquid food color to make pink frosting.
  8. In medium bowl, tint 1 1/2 cups of the frosting with red gel or paste food color to make desired color of red frosting for barn; set aside.
  9. Reserve remaining white frosting.
  10. Decorate square cake to make barn; decorate cupcakes to make 4 chicks, 4 sheep and 4 pigs.
  11. Barn: Trim 1 side of square cake to form roof of barn; place cake near top of tray with roof at top of tray. To "crumb-coat" cake, spread thin layer of red frosting over entire cake to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes. Frost sides and top of cake with remaining red frosting. Make vertical lines on top of cake to look like boards (use spatula or wooden pick).

    Barn Cake template

  12. For window, break 2 pretzel sticks in half; place near top of cake in square shape.
  13. For shutters, place 1-inch-square piece of Graham cracker on each side of window.
  14. For sides and top of doorway, place 3 pretzel sticks near bottom of cake.
  15. For doors, place 2 1/2 x 1-inch Graham cracker rectangle on each side of doorway.
  16. For roof, arrange eight 2 1/2 x 1-inch Graham cracker rectangles on top edge of cake, overlapping to form barn roof shape.
  17. For hay, place 1/2 cup of the coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add 2 drops yellow liquid food color; seal bag and shake to mix. Place small amount of yellow coconut at bottom of window and doorway (reserve remaining yellow coconut to decorate chick cupcakes).
  18. For grass, place remaining 1 cup coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add 2 drops green liquid food color; seal bag and shake to mix. Scatter green coconut on bottom half of tray. Decorate cupcakes and arrange on coconut grass.
  19. Chicks: Frost 4 cupcakes with white frosting. Top with reserved yellow coconut. For eyes, add brown baking bits. Cut orange gumdrops to resemble beaks; place on cupcakes.
  20. Sheep: Frost 4 cupcakes with white frosting. For muzzle, spread 1/2 teaspoon pink frosting in small circle on each cupcake; add red baking bit for nose. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For ears, add white gumdrop halves, cut sides down. Place marshmallow halves on face for wool.
  21. Pigs: Frost 4 cupcakes with pink frosting. For snout, spread additional 1 teaspoon pink frosting in small circle on each cupcake; add red baking bits for nostrils. For eyes, add brown baking bits. For ears, cut 8 small triangles from fruit snack; place on cupcakes.

Nutrition information: 1 Serving (1 Serving (Cake and Frosting)) Calories 330 (Calories from Fat 110), Total Fat 12g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 3g), Cholesterol 30mg; Sodium 270mg; Total Carbohydrate 53g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 39g), Protein 1g

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch 3 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 3 1/2

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): Betty Crocker


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