Barn Birthday Cake Design

by Karen Tack

Barn Birthday Cake Design

How to make an barn birthday cake with Golden Grahams


Serves 10



  • 1 (9-inch) square cake
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • Red paste food coloring
  • 3 graham crackers
  • 2 wheat sticks (Pringles)
  • 1 ½ cups Golden Grahams cereal
  • 1 yellow Laffy Taffy fruit chew
  • 14 strands red licorice laces
  • 1 square large shredded wheat cereal


What you’ll need:


  • A serving platter
  • A serrated knife
  • A resealable sandwich-size plastic bag (Ziploc)


Trimming the cake:


  1. Trim the top of the cake to make level.
  2. Place the cake on a work surface, trimmed side down, and cut according to the template below.
  3. Transfer the cake to a serving platter.
  4. Using a serrated knife, cut a 1-inch piece from the long sides of 2 of the graham crackers.
  5. Cut a 2-inch square from the remaining graham cracker.


Frosting the cake:


  1. Spoon 1 cup of the vanilla frosting into a resealable bag.
  2. Add enough food coloring to the remaining vanilla frosting to tint it a bright red.
  3. Spread the red frosting over the top and sides of cake and make smooth.


To complete the decoration:


  1. Starting from the bottom edge of the roof, press the cereal pieces into the frosting, overlapping slightly until the roof shingles meet at the top.
  2. Press the red licorice laces into the front of the barn vertically, about 1 inch apart, for the barn’s siding.
  3. Snip a small corner from the bag with the vanilla frosting. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting on each corner of the graham cracker cutouts.  Press the doors onto the cake side-by-side, and press the and the hay loft door near the top of cake as pictured, frosting side down.
  4. Pipe an outline and X onto each of the graham crackers for decoration.
  5. Cut one of the wheat sticks down to a 1-inch piece.  Cut the yellow fruit chew into 2 small pieces and shape into an arrow tip and tail as seen in photo. Attach with some vanilla frosting.
  6. Insert a small piece of wheat stick under the hayloft door. Insert the remaining wheat stick into the top of the roof. Attach the arrow to the wheat stick with a dot of vanilla frosting.
  7. Break up the shredded wheat and arrange around the base of cake for the barn’s hay.


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