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Buy or bake a cake. If you have a favourite cake recipe, use it. If you're strapped for time, most grocery stores and bakeries have premade cakes, without decoration, for about £6. If you have never baked a cake before, brands such as Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines make boxed cake mixes that are almost foolproof for around £2. Cover the cake in white frosting using a large spoon, spatula or butter knife. Don't worry about making the frosting perfect---most barnyards are far from perfect.
The most important part of landscaping is to be creative. Powdered cocoa makes great dirt. For realistic grass, add 1 cup of green food colouring to 2 cups of dried shredded coconut. Tootsie Rolls make realistic and edible logs. Tubes of frosting can be purchased at any grocery store in a variety of colours for about £1.90 each. Use blue frosting for the sky or water. Yellow and orange frosting can be used for the sun.
Plants and Animals
For barnyard animals, shop toy stores, or even drugstores, for miniature play sets that include sheep, cows, chickens and pigs. These play sets can usually be found for about £3. Use fruit-, vegetable- or animal-shaped candies to add more 3-D effects to the landscape. Depending on the time of year, candy corn and pumpkin-shaped candies make for a great a fall-themed farm. If it's a spring birthday, marshmallow peeps could be used as chickens in the barnyard. Gummy worms can be added, especially if you use the powdered cocoa dirt. If you decide to create a pond, Swedish fish and gummy frogs are a nice addition. Look in your local candy store or even your supermarket's candy aisle---you'll be sure to come up with ideas.
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