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« on: February 18, 2013 11:43:48 AM »

My daughter loves farms and tractors, so I decided to make her a farm birthday cake.  My husband had the great idea to make it a Smartie Farm since she also loves smarties candies (they are very similar to M&Ms).  All the recipes came from Edna Stabler's book Food that Really Schmecks (it's my go-to book for baking recipes) except for the marshmallow fondant, I found that recipe on a blog somewhere.

Both cakes were 2 layers with icing for the filling.  This was my first time layering cakes, filling cakes, decorating a cake, and trying to make tiers.  All in all I think it was a success. 



The bottom layer was chocolate cake with a chocolate icing that was intended to keep the cake moist (it ended up taking over an hour of fiddling with it to get it to thicken so I'm not so sure about it, but it tasted fantastic and 2 days later the cake was still moist so maybe it was worth it).  It was covered in marshmallow fondant.  It was my first time ever working with or making fondant.  I found it really elastic and therefor hard to roll out, and it shrunk up after I cut around the edges.  This layer was supposed to look like a red barn. 



On top of that I put the white cake, I used a bit of buttercream icing to hold it in place (I did not use any supports for the tiers). 



After icing the white cake green I added the farmer's field.  The dirt was oreo cookie crumbs mixed with whipped cream, which I placed on the cake (it looked gross while I was doing it), and after I planted the Smarties I added some more loose crumbs.  I then added some coconut that I tried to dye green around the edges. 



Then I added a little replica John Deere tractor we had, and some farm animals that I bought to finish the decorating. 



The birthday girl loved her cake...



but was only interested in eating the Smarties...



Next year we will skip the cake I think...
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013 11:57:15 AM »

You did a great job on the cake! You know how kids are though. Would rather play with the box than the toy that came inside. Looks yummy to me!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013 12:40:12 PM »

That is truly awesome!  She looks so happy!
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013 01:18:21 PM »

You did a great job on the cake! You know how kids are though. Would rather play with the box than the toy that came inside. Looks yummy to me!  Smiley
Isn't that so true.
That is truly awesome!  She looks so happy!
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2013 01:41:40 PM »

ADORABLE! I love the smartie garden Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2013 01:57:03 PM »

Totally awesome! Nice work mama!
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2013 02:15:32 PM »

Thanks Knickertwist and Foxyblue.
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2013 03:01:53 PM »

C-U-T-E! I want one like that for my birthday!  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2013 06:08:26 AM »

Why can't I grow Smarties in my garden? Very cute, I love how colorful it is.
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2013 07:35:53 AM »

C-U-T-E! I want one like that for my birthday!  Smiley

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Why can't I grow Smarties in my garden? Very cute, I love how colorful it is.

I know, I would love a Smartie tree.
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2013 11:15:10 AM »

So awesome! The garden on top is genius.

And your little one is super cute!! Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2013 04:54:09 PM »

Thanks Abbeeroad
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« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2013 08:51:08 AM »

Beautiful cake!  Your daughter is soo adorable!  Happy Bday!! Grin
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« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2013 10:12:46 AM »

thanks underthemountain. 
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« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2013 04:53:48 PM »

This is adorable, my son is a john deere freak....I won't show him this cake because he'll insist I make one right away. lol...his birthday isn't until june!
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« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2013 05:30:28 PM »

Ohhh this is so cute!!! What a great idea. I might have to do this for my little guy's next birthday!
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« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2013 06:32:26 PM »

Thanks.  I'm sure your little guys would love it if either of you made one, it was a lot of fun for everyone.
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« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2013 10:11:30 PM »

That is too cute!
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« Reply #18 on: February 22, 2013 06:12:23 AM »

You did a great job Kjlutz!  Making elaborate cakes takes a while, but I love putting them in front of my kiddos.  As they get older they totally appreciate the cool cake they get!
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« Reply #19 on: February 22, 2013 12:30:48 PM »

Thanks Andrea_c.

Belladune you are right about kids appreciating them, I still remember the Deep Space Nine cake my Mom made me when I was 11. 
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