Friday, June 24, 2016
DIY Construction cake
I am a mom to two boys, I think I have every construction vehicle, train, or truck that is reproduced as a kids toy. My oldest son just loves every single type of earth mover and my youngest loves trains. When my oldest son turned 3, I knew I had to make him a cake that captured his love of scoopers. He absolutely loved it and still talks about it a year later. It was so much fun, he asked for it again for his next birthday. The best part about this cake is that anyone can make it. It doesn't matter if you are an expert or a beginner. You can make this cake in a few hours, with less 15 bucks. Even less if you aren't buying new diggers (I did, those things have been everywhere!) It was the hit of the party and it was delicious. Ok, lets get to work!
1 Chocolate Cake mix
2 containers of white frosting
Green Food Coloring
1 box oreos
Construction trucks I got mine at Walmart for less than 5 dollars for a 5 pack.
cake board, cake plate, or tray
Optional: Brown sugar, candy rocks, pulverized graham crackers
Prepare two 8 or 9 inch round cakes according to package instructions. Cool completely.
While the cake is cooling, crush up the cookies, with a rolling pin or a quick pulse in the food processor. I liked having a couple of different textures. Some bigger chunks for rocks and then some finer dirt.
Tint your icing to your desired grass color by adding green food coloring 3 drops at a time. Mix well between each addition. I went with a lighter green, but you can go darker if you want. Those vibrant colors freak me out for some reason, so we went more subdued.
If your cakes have a big dome, pick one and level out the dome, only do one so that you have a mountain for the top.
Place the first layer on the board, adding a layer of icing on the top, and the place the second layer on top with the domed side up. I used a little less than half can of icing between the layers.
Once you have the top layer on, take a spoon and hollow a little section of the cake out. This is your pit and where you're going to add some cookies in a little bit. You want some exposed cake too. I dug out about a 1/4 of the top of the cake. Don't dig all the way through.
Next frost the top and sides of the cake, taking the icing just barely to the edge of the hole you just made. Now it's time to decorate!
Place cookie crumbles all around the base of the cake, add some to the hole, and make a couple of piles. If you want, you can pipe grass, but I didn't want to get into all that. I added some sprinkles instead. If you want some sand, you can use crushed graham crackers or a bit of brown sugar. Get creative, just leave room for the scoopers.
Then the most important step, enjoy it! Don't forget to take lots of pictures of your little guy enjoying the cake.
P.s. I'm planning to make another version of this featuring trains in the fall. So make sure you come back!