Barn Cake with Farm Animal Cupcakes

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  • Prep 1 hr 35 min
  • Total 4 hr 45 min
  • Servings 20
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Bake up a delicious red barn and fun-to-decorate animals.
Updated Aug 28, 2017


Cake, Cupcakes and Frosting

Barn Decorations

  • Tray or cardboard (20x15 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
  • 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 M&M's® minis chocolate candies brown
  • 4 small orange gumdrops

Sheep Decorations

  • 4 M&M's® minis chocolate candies red
  • 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


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Grease or spray bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour 2 1/4 cups batter into square pan; divide remaining batter among muffin cups. Bake yellow cupcakes 15 to 20 minutes and yellow square pan 20 to 26 minutes) OR devil's food cupcakes 18 to 23 minutes and devil's food square pan 21 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. For easier handling, refrigerate or freeze square cake 30 to 60 minutes or until firm.
  • 2
    In small bowl, tint 1 cup of the frosting with red liquid food color to make pink frosting. 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. Reserve remaining white frosting. Decorate square cake to make barn (step 3); decorate cupcakes to make 4 chicks, 4 sheep and 4 pigs (steps 4, 5, 6).
  • 3
    Barn: Trim 1 side of square cake to form roof of barn; place cake near top of tray with roof at top of tray. 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 toothpick).For window, break 2 pretzel sticks in half; place near top of cake in square shape.For shutters, place 1-inch-square piece of graham cracker on each side of window.For sides and top of doorway, place 3 pretzel sticks near bottom of cake. For doors, place 2 1/2x1-inch graham cracker rectangle on each side of doorway.For roof, arrange eight 2 1/2 x1-inch graham cracker rectangles on top edge of cake, overlapping to form barn roof shape. 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). 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.
  • 4
    Chicks: Frost 4 cupcakes with white frosting. Top with reserved yellow coconut. For eyes, add M&M's™ minis brown chocolate candies. Cut orange gumdrops to look like beaks; place on cupcakes.
  • 5
    Sheep: Frost 4 cupcakes with white frosting. For muzzle, spread 1/2 teaspoon pink frosting in small circle on each cupcake; add M&M's™ minis red chocolate candy for nose. For eyes, add M&M's™ minis brown chocolate candies. For ears, add white gumdrop halves, cut sides down. Place marshmallow halves on face for wool.
  • 6
    Pigs: Frost 4 cupcakes with pink frosting. For snout, spread additional 1 teaspoon pink frosting in small circle on each cupcake; add M&M's™ minis red chocolate candy for nostrils. For eyes, add M&M's™ minis brown chocolate candies. For ears, cut 8 small triangles from fruit snack; place on cupcakes. Store loosely covered.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Get a party menu, prep guide, tips, party games, activities and more for an Old MacDonald's Farm Birthday Party!
  • tip 2
    Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.


320 Calories, 13g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 48g Total Carbohydrate, 34g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only)
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
2 1/2g
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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