Sunshine Barn Cake Recipe

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Sunshine Barn Cake Recipe

Happy, happy birthday to YOU! Delight your party guests and your child with this surprisingly easy to decorate Sunshine Barn cake!

Prep Time: 2 hours to decorate
Makes: 1 cake
Serving Size: 1 slice


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  • ½ sheet cake, baked and refrigerated till cool
  • Sprout-terrific Shortcut: purchase the cake baked and iced, with no border or decoration.
  • Buttercream icing
  • Food color paste
  • Red, yellow, blue, green, black, white
  • 6-7 graham crackers
  • 6 chocolate bars
  • 1 licorice wheel
  • 1 round vanilla cookies
  • Candy corn
  • 3 small pink square mints for pig ears and nose
  • 4 small oval shaped breath mints for eyes
  • Toasted coconut for Chica’s nest


  • Apron
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Icing bags
  • Decorating tips -star (optional), large round, small round,
  • Mixing bowls -food color stains, plan your mixing bowls accordingly!
  • Mug of hot water
  • Icing spatulas
  • Cardboard base (unless you buy a ready-made cake)
  • Clean tweezers
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Paper towels
  • Printable cake template
  • Rubber gloves (to avoid staining hands when mixing icing)
  • Wax paper to cover your work area
  • Paper plates to practice on!
  • Toothpicks to remove crumbs from icing
  • Trashcan


For a party-throwing parent shortcut, consider buying an iced ½ sheet cake already made at your local grocery store or bakery. Ask for the cake frozen and iced in white with no border. A cold cake is easier to decorate. This will save you a ton of time, and give you the opportunity to really enjoy decorating your Sunshine Barn cake!
Ready made buttercream icing is easiest to decorate with, and gel paste food coloring can be purchased at your local cake supply or craft store.

  1. Make colored icing and set aside. Do not refrigerate. You will need:  ¼  cup bag of black ;  ½ cup bag of yellow ; ½ cup bag of white; ½ cup bag of pink; ½  cupmbag of green; 1 cup bag of light blue; 2 cup bag of white; 4 cup bag of red (use “no-taste” red if available) Use bags that can change tips for the white icing if possible. [TIP: Use bags that can change tips for the white icing if possible. When using gel paste food coloring, you can make your icing slightly lighter than you want it, it will darken as it sits.]
  2. Start with a cold, fully iced cake and cut cake into the shape of a barn according to template dimensions. Measure your cake, making the center and cutting points. Press the shape that you plan to cut into the icing before cutting, just to be sure it looks right. It’s okay if you need to re-mark the lines, you will be decorating over this layer of icing!
  3. Carefully remove the extra cake pieces and gently wipe off the cardboard base with a damp paper towel.  
  4. To ice the cake, start by putting on large globs of icing with an icing spatula, smoothing and removing excess. Dip your spatula into a mug of warm water and use the moisture to help make the icing nice and smooth. The secret to a nice, smooth cake is to use a LOT of icing and spread with a warm, wet icing spatula to remove the excess. If you get a lumpy spot, add a glob of icing, dip your spatula in hot water and touch up. If you get any blemishes on the cake that you want to smooth, just chill the cake so the icing hardens a little, then tap and smooth with a clean, damp finger.
  5. Put the large round tip on the large red icing bag, or simply trim the end straight across. Squiggle red generously all over the top of the cake and sides. Then use a damp spatula to smooth the icing, dipping into a mug of warm water frequently, and wiping the excess icing onto a paper plate.
  6. Switch to a star tip and dot a border along the top, and right and left sides of the cake on the cardboard base (green will go along the bottom for grass and blue will go along the top and down all but the bottom inch of the sides). If you don’t have a star tip, simply use a round or trimmed off tip.
  7. To make the sky: Start with the blue for sky, and outline around your cake on the cardboard base. Squiggle icing on the base where sky is pictured and use a clean fingertip to smudge it into place. Use the same technique to add white clouds.
  8. To make the grass: Squirt green across the bottom 1 inch of the cake using any tip you are comfortable with. Use a damp fork or toothpick to make a pattern in the icing that looks like grass.
  9. To make the barn: Press graham crackers into the icing flat across the bottom of the cake to look like a barn floor. Add 3 halves to make a bran window, and two full graham crackers to make barn doors.
  10. Across the top of the cake, break your chocolate bars into rectangle shaped pieces and press them into the icing starting with the outside edges, to look like a barn roof.
  11. Add dots with a round decorating tip (or flat trimmed end) along the base of the roof, horizontal stripes on the barn about two inches apart, and dot an outline around the barn doors and window. Don’t worry if the lines aren’t perfect, it’s a barn, it’s supposed to look a little wavy.
  12. To make the sun: Press a round vanilla cookie into the icing on the cake and surround with candy corn to make a sun like the one in the picture!
  13. To make the pig: Making the pig is not as hard as it looks! Squirt a big blob of pink icing to make a body, a smaller blob for the head, and even smaller blobs for the arms and legs. Refrigerate the cake until the icing gets cool. The icing will be like very soft clay.  Use clean fingers to press the pink blobs into the shape of a pig. Add bits of licorice for hooves, small square pink mints for ears and snout, small white oval shaped breath mints for eyes, and dots of black icing or licorice for the center of the eyes. If you hold a tiny piece of licorice with clean tweezers and dip the back side into a little icing, it will stick like glue right on the mint! If you use black icing for eye centers, squirt a tiny circle on, wait until the icing is cold and tap flat with your finger.
  14. To make Chica: Chica is made just like the pig, but with 2 yellow blobs (head and body) and a white blob for the nest. Chill and shape by pressing with clean fingers. Press toasted coconut onto the nest. Add a round colored candy for Chica’s crest, two halves of round vanilla cookie for wings, candy corn for the beak, small white oval shaped breath mints for eyes, and dots of black icing or licorice for the center of the eyes. Don’t forget that if you hold a tiny piece of licorice with clean tweezers and dip the backside into a little icing, it will stick on the mint!
  15. Voila, your cake is good to go! Refrigerate until serving. When your guests get a look at this Sprout-terrific Sunshine Barn. 


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