My son is into everything military, and for his 7th birthday he wanted an Army theme. So I found this web site and saw the perfect idea - Army Tank Cake! I used the ideas from others who had posted here, and the cake was a huge success. My daughters helped me with it, and we had a lot of fun watching our creation develop.
We stacked two 9"x13" cakes for the base, and cut a loaf cake to size for the top. The hatch cover is an Oreo (frosted), the gun is an Oreo Funstix, the wheels are Little Debbie fudge rounds, and the treads are Hershey bar pieces. We made the frosting Army green by using Wilton icing color gels. We mixed one part Kelley green, four parts lemon yellow (this is the formula for avocado green), then we added tiny amounts of black until it was the shade we wanted.
To make the camouflage, we used black and green spray mist food color. The birthday boy, his guests, and the whole family got a big kick out of this cake. For those who are new to 3D cake decorating, cut your pieces and freeze them overnight before frosting. This cuts down on crumbs from the cut sides in the frosting and it also make the pieces a little less flimsy when moving them. Also, store-bought frosting can be a little too fluffy or creamy for decorating, so you may want to make your own, or add powdered sugar before adding the coloring.
My youngest son was turning four and really loves to play with army men and wear camo, so we decided to have an "Army Man" birthday party. He asked me for a homemade army tank cake so I used the tank on the party invitations as a model.
I baked two 12x12 square cakes and one 10x10 square cake using a black magic cake recipe (family fav). I froze them for a couple of days so they would be easier to carve. I stacked the larger cakes together then sliced them to make a rectangular base for the tank. Before I iced a cake I like to stack it together with parchment paper between the layers so I can make sure to get the look I want.
I used butter cream frosting colored with green and purple to make army green. I used fondant for the wheels, track and gun. The wheels are Oreo cookies covered with fondant. I used small scissors to make the grooves on the tracks. I used a wooded dowel covered in fondant to make the gun.
I sprayed the whole cake with a spray food coloring in black to make the army tank cake look just right. I spread chocolate icing and brown sugar around the cake to make dirt. My son loved it and so did everyone at the party!
I made this Army Tank Birthday Cake using a 9x13 pan and a loaf pan. I used vanilla and chocolate cake mix and colored half of the vanilla green with food coloring. I then spooned the cake batter in the pans, alternating the colors. This made the inside look like camouflage.
I used chocolate Oreos for the wheels and 1/2 of one for the opening of the tank where the duck sits. Black Licorice for the tracking, and an Oreo straw for the cannon. I glued all the candles to the little army guys' backs and found an army rubber ducky at Iparty that I put on top. I piped green, brown, tan and black using the star tip in various shapes on the whole cake and then piped grass around the bottom and topped it with crushed Oreos for the dirt.
I found a flag sued patch and glued that to a toothpick. It was a huge hit and it definitely made one little boy happy. Thanks to this site I was able to use many ideas to make this. Thanks to everyone out there who made my life a little easier!