My 5yo and I made some Farm Animal Buns recently as part of our school holiday Farm Week. It was great fun and really simple to do.
These are the plans I sketched up (please excuse the drawing!)
You will need
Round cookie cutter
Icing cutters (we use this set)
Ready-made white fondant icing (supermarket own-brand is fine)
Food colouring (we use this set)
Palette knife (not essential)
Bake buns beforehand
I definitely recommend baking and decorating them on 2 separate days. The decorating alone took about 1 ½ hours (it would be much quicker without a 5 year old involved but hey ho!). We used a simple vanilla cupcake recipe. Once the buns are made, you can freeze them until you’re ready (they should be OK for a good 4 weeks in the freezer).
Colour fondant icing
Again, I’d do this the night before. Mixing food colouring and children is just asking for trouble!
Just pull off as much fondant as you need and squash it around for a bit. Then dip a cocktail stick into the colour you want and wipe it into the fondant. Keep folding and squashing the fondant until it is coloured through.
Wrap the coloured balls in cling film and leave in the fridge.
Make butter icing
Butter icing is simple; weigh the butter and then add twice as much icing sugar. Beat it together (preferably with an electric whisk unless you’ve got the muscles of a body builder!). Add milk to soften if necessary.
Make the Farm Animal Buns
I’m going to talk you through making the pig as an example.
Make the butter icing foundation
Put a dollop of butter icing onto each bun and smooth it off until it’s flat (ish). I use a small palette knife but the back of a table knife should be fine too.
Make the fondant icing disc
Sprinkle some icing sugar onto your bench to stop the icing sticking to it. Roll out the pink fondant until it is about 3mm thick and use a round cookie cutter to cut out a disc. Use one that is slightly bigger than your bun.
Use a spatula to pick up the disc and place it on your bun. Gently press the edges into the bun.
Make the fondant features
Eyes: Pinch a tiny blob of black fondant for each eye and roll them into balls
Nose: Cut out a small circle for the snout and put 2 small dint in it for the nostrils
Ears: Use a flower icing cutter and then chop it up to make ear shapes
Attach the features
Butter Icing is the glue in this activity. Smear a tiny bit on the back of each piece, place on the disc, and then pat it gently so it sticks.
The cow disc
You might have noticed the cow disc is a mix of 2 colours. Don’t panic! All you need to do is roll a few pieces of each colour and arrange them closely together on your bench. Then roll them out with your rolling pin and they should merge together. Then cut out your disc as normal.
No set of farm animal buns would be complete without a woolly sheep! The sheep is made by using more butter icing at the beginning and heaping it up into a little dome shape. Stick the black face on and then push mini marshmallows into the butter icing. Simple!
That’s it! Easy Peasy!
Farm Animal Buns: Step-By-Step
Now you know what to do, here’s a snappier version of the steps for you to follow:
- Bake buns beforehand
- Colour fondant icing the night before, wrap in clingfilm, leave in fridge
- Make butter icing
- Put a teaspoon of butter icing onto the bun
- Use a spatula (or knife) to make the top flat and smooth
- Roll out the pink fondant icing and use a round cookie cutter to make a pink disc and place onto a bun
- Cut a smaller circle for the snout and put 2 small dints in for the nostrils
- Dob a tiny amount of butter icing onto the back and stick into onto the bun
- Roll 2 small black balls for eyes and mount on the bun with butter icing
- Use a flower icing cutter to make the ear shapes and such to the bun with more butter icing
Got an In The Night Garden fan? Why not have a look at my tutorial to make these fab cupcakes:
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