Budding agriculturists and 4-H members appreciate this barnyard scene staged atop a Sheet Pan cake. A Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan cake converts to farmer; cookies shaped with our 50-Pc. Animal Pals Cutter Set create a flock worth tending.
In advance, make pitchfork and cookies: Using parchment-covered pattern and full-strength color flow icing, outline tines with tip 3.
Make extras to allow for breakage; let dry. For handle, paint dowel rod with thinned color flow icing; let dry. Attach pitchfork tines to handle with full-strength color flow; set aside.
Cut, bake and cool 3 cows and 2 each pigs, horses and sheep using animal cutters. Outline and flow-in with tip 2 and color flow; let dry.
Pipe spots on cows using thinned color flow in cut parchment bag; let dry.
Use tip 1 and full strength color flow to pipe facial features on animals; use tip 2 to pipe hooves on horses, sheep and cows, mane and tail on horses, and curly hair on sheep.
Attach lollipop sticks to cookies with color flow; let dry.
Bake and cool bear "farmer" cake using firm-textured batter such as pound cake; trim off right hand. Place on foil-covered double-thick cake board, cut to fit.
Pipe-in shoe bottoms, eyes and pupils with tip 3 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 3 "c" motion ears.
Cover face, shirt, overalls, tops of shoes and hands with tip 16 stars. For hat, pipe tip 127D ruffle brim and cover back with tip 16 stars. Add tip 16 pull-out hair. Position pitchfork. Overpipe nose, ears, hands and fingers over pitchfork with tip 16 stars.
Ice 1-layer sheet cake smooth. Divide sides into 3 in. sections; pipe tip 47 smooth side up band fence posts and rails at each section.
Insert dowel rod on sheet cake where farmer will be placed. Position farmer. Randomly pipe tip 233 pull-out grass around sheet cake and on top. Print tip 2 message. Insert cookies.
*Note: Combine Lemon Yellow and Ivory to achieve hat color used.
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i stuck to the bear instead of a farmer, i had a farmer john dear bear cake. its tradition that for the child's first b-day in my family to get a bear cake for their 1st birthday. the longest was all of the stars, but not hard to do. with cookies-i have never done a royal icing, i do an icing recipe that calls for corn syrup, i think it has the same effect.
make sure if you are setting the farmer on a layer cake, that it is supported, i was quite surprised how heavy he was