My neighbor asked me to make her son a military cake and so I put this Army Tank Cake together from a bunch of ideas on the internet. It's 90% edible except the soldier on top and the wooden dowel covered in fondant for the gun.
To make the ID tags I used silver edible beads layed on top of #3 Wilton icing. For the tracks I cleaned my son's toy and rolled his tank tracks over the fondant. It was a great hit and the fondant was easy to take off if one piece for those who didn't want the vanilla fondant taste.
I also used graham cracker crumbs for the sand. For the whole cover I cut the circle out and used a toothpick to keep it upright. I'm not really good with fondant so this is really for an easy cake for a novice to make.
First layer was a marble cake with the vanilla colored green so the cake had the camo look when cut. Second layer was a devil food cake, and the cupcake on top was also camo. Icing was a homemade butter cream (with butter base) colored with green, brown and a little yellow for the olive green color.
Then used Wilton's color spray in green and black for the camo effect (black did NOT show up well and was runny, maybe I just had a bad can). Oreos for wheels, Twix lining the tires. Dark chocolate filled Creme de Pirouline rolled wafer sprayed with green color was used for the cannon. Army man on top then just printed small American flag and Army logo to put on the cake and just removed before cutting. Graham cracker crumbs as the sand.
This army tank birthday cake was for my 3 year old son, who is mad about soldiers. I used a loaf tin to make a thick sponge, and bought two large chocolate Swiss rolls. I cut the large Swiss rolls down so they were slightly longer than the middle sponge cake, covered the whole thing in green butter icing and sticking chocolate fingers for the tracks and Jaffa cakes for the wheels.
No need to be to careful with the icing (it doubles up as grass).
the top and lid was left over swiss roll,i used a cocktail stick behind the soldier to keep up the lid.....more green icing.
then decorater with dolly mixtures, and sticking more soldiers infront as though marching ahead.
Bake two sheet cakes and two 5" diameter round cakes for this Army tank cake. Cool. Layer sheet cakes and place chocolate frosting in between. Place one round cake in center. Trim second round to 3" diameter and place on top of larger round, placing chocolate frosting in between. Cover and place in refrigerator to cool.
Cut tank shape out of cake. Frost (I used a white frosting colored with food coloring -- almost full small bottle of green with red & yellow mixed in for darker army green look). Refrigerate to set frosting.
Decorate with chocolate wafers for tank tracks, chocolate donuts for wheels, and cookies for hatch holes and any sandbag decoration. Cannon is a Pirouette rolled wafer.
I was determined to do this Army Tank Birthday Cake. Local bakeries wanted way too much money for this cake. I have never done anything like this, so I was very proud of myself. Not crafty at all!
This cake was done with a large 12 x 15 on the bottom. The next layer was a 9 x 13 and the finally a 6" round cake pan. I used my son's wheels off of other toys and yanked guns and a barrel off of his army toys.
I made the icing "army" color, by adding dark green and brown. This cake was a lot of fun to do, and the boys/girls will be proud you did!