7 Decorating Ideas for Farm-Themed Cakes

Amy Hoover
Farm-Themed Cake

Get "down on the farm" with your next special occasion cake. The cake can be as fun or even elegant as your event. The cakes below span a wide range of skills needed for the different design ideas so you can create a farm-themed cake whether you're a cake decorating pro or just a beginner.

Cheery Tractor Cake

Just because you have a tractor on a cake doesn't mean it has to be atop a field or cookie-crumble dirt. This cheery tractor cake features rolled fondant cut out pieces put together to create a bright, sunny scene perfect for a birthday party. Cover the bottom cake in green and the top in blue; stack and then layer the decorations on the cakes. Cookie cutters and templates cut out of wax paper will make getting the shapes easy. If you have trouble tinting fondant true red, consider purchasing pretinted red fondant or switch up the tractor color for whatever tractor brand your little farmer enjoys.

Tractor Rainbow Cake

Farm Animal Carousel Cake

If you're a pro at sculpting fondant, this carousel cake featuring farm animals is the perfect project. Sculpt the animals out of fondant; choose your favorite farm friends, like pigs, cows, donkeys, chickens, or even the barn cat. While they set, you'll want to cover the outside of the cake in green fondant and add the fence and grass features. To create the carousel center, cover crispy rice treats in white fondant and red strips; cut a hole in the center of the cake to place it in. Add more crispy rice treats for the canopy and cover in fondant as well.

Farm Animal Carousel Cake

Pigs in Mud Bath

If bright pink pigs are your favorite thing about the farm, you'll want to create a cake that looks like they are bathing in mud. Start by sculpting pink fondant pigs and pig parts (tails, back ends, hooves). As the pigs set, cover a cake with chocolate ganache. Before the ganache hardens, place chocolate candy sticks around the outside of the cake for the fence line. Add your pigs to the mudbath and add grass touches for the lawn surrounding the pig pen.

Pigs in Mud Bath

3D Chicken Cake

Chickens are a big part of Easter, but they are also favorite animals for urban and country farmers alike. A dome-shaped cake is the base for this cluck-worthy option. Cover it with fondant and shape eyes, wings, and tail feathers out of white fondant as well. Orange fondant is shaped into the feet, while a beak includes a gummy worm added for interest. Adhere the red comb with some royal icing. Sprinkle crushed graham crackers or brown sugar around the chicken to represent feed. Finally, place a few malted milk balls around the cake's base.

3D Chicken Cake

Easy Big Red Barn Cake

If you can't carve a cake or make fondant figures, you can still create a cool farm-themed cake. A sturdy cake, like pound cake, can be cut and stacked to represent the barn. Use a spatula to spread red buttercream and add a door and roof with chocolate buttercream. Don't worry if it's not perfect, because plenty of old barns have rustic appeal. Surround the barn with green buttercream grass and additional chocolate buttercream for mud puddles and paths. Add in a few farm animal figures to complete the 3D cake design.

Easy Big Red Barn Cake

Elegant Cow Cake

Farm cakes can be elegant in addition to fun. This cake features a simple cow pattern on a stacked cake. The top and bottom layers are hexagons, while the center layer is round. These shapes, paired with the black fondant ribbons around the base of each layer, add a little elegant touch to an otherwise plain cake design. The best part of this cake is that you don't need to have many skills beyond working with fondant for covering the cake; the black pieces should look freehand. Use royal icing to keep them on.

Elegant Cow Cake

Cute Farm Animals

If you're making a farm-themed cake for a shower or child's birthday, cute cartoon-like figures will make your cake stand out. Shape cute cows, ducks, pigs, chickens, frogs, mice, snails, and trees out of marzipan and set them aside. The cake itself is a round cake covered in fondant or marzipan and decorated to resemble a duck pond. The gated fence on the side is the perfect spot for a message or birthday year. If you cover the cake board in more green marzipan or fondant, you'll have the perfect place to put all your animal characters and you don't have to make a large cake.

Cute Farm Animals

Cake Till the Cows Come Home

Cake is the centerpiece of any party, and one that features farm themes is no different. You're sure to keep everyone happy until the cows come home when you decorate with one of these farm-themed cake ideas!

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7 Decorating Ideas for Farm-Themed Cakes