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Coolest Army Tank Cake 57

by Tammy P.
(Moyock, NC)

Homemade Army Tank Cake

Homemade Army Tank Cake

I made this army tank cake for my son's 8th birthday since he was really into Army men at the time. I used a 13 x 9 pan for the base and a 8 x 8 pan for the top piece. I over filled the 8 x 8 pan with cake mix for the dome shape.

I used Oreo cookies cut in half as wheels and crushed vanilla wafers for the sand.I put the vanilla wafers in a plastic ziploc bag and banged them with my hand to crush them. TIP I iced the cake display under the sand with white icing to keep the "sand" from falling off as I transported the cake. I put the army men I purchased at the local dollar tree and just used basic green icing for the decoration.

The kids really loved it and the military adults at the party were just as entertained as the kids were. We had a blast and it was the talk of the party.

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Coolest Army Tank Cake 50

by Tina
(Whitesboro, Texas, USA)

Homemade Army Tank Cake

Homemade Army Tank Cake

I made this army tank cake for my grandson's 11th birthday. I am self-taught and read a lot about the various techniques on-line. I mix a common fondant recipe with a rolled butter cream recipe which gives a better tasting icing.

The cake itself was made by mixing chocolate fudge cake mix with brownie mix. This makes for a rich and dense cake that is easy to sculpt. I sculpted the soldiers out of gum-paste and covered a rolled cream-filled wafer with fondant to make the canon. The wheels were impressed into the fondant with circular shapes found around the house, then painted with food coloring.

I applied cake decorating dusts with a soft brush and my finger tips to create a dirty look on the tank. The ground was covered with chocolate icing and I put some chocolate chips through the food processor to create the dirt and gravel effect.

This cake was a hit with the birthday boy and his friends.

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by: Anonymous

This look is what I'm going to try and do for our neighbors birthday (1940's/WWII Theme). Can I ask, did you cover each individual section of the cake with Fondant then stick it together? Or layer the three elements and then cover with fondant? Also, did you place the iced cake on the board and then do the ground icing/covering or the other way around? Amazing cake, well done.

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by: Southern girl

If I am to understand you took two icings and mixed them together to make your icing, also what size cake pans did you use for the main part of the cake, and was it 2 layers. I am going to try this for my grandson's birthday and could use your help. Hopefully I will hear today for I am baking today 9/19. I think this is the best tank cake that I have seen, great job.

I like this cake
by: Anonymous

My son is turning 5 and is party is Saturday...and I have been looking at doing a tank cake. I am going to try this kind of cake, with the fondant. Thanks for submitting this, it was very useful!

Fantastic cake!
by: Anonymous

My son is turning 7 in a few weeks and wants me to make an army tank cake, I will try your icing recipe, your cake looks great! Can't be as difficult as making a 'the Stig' cake which I attempted last year! Thanks for sharing your excellent cake. Helen.

b-day bro
by: Melody

my brother is turning 18 this summer... he is obsessed by call of duty so I (his 15 year old sister) am going to bake it for his birthday!

Answers to some of your questions
by: Tina

I'm so sorry to have not responded sooner to some of your questions. I am not a regular on this site.

1. I did mix two icings to make the skin for the tank. About 1/2 fondant and 1/2 butter-cream. It's a little more difficult to work with but it tastes much better (especially to kids).

2. I did not use special cake pans. I sculpted the shape from a dense, stacked layered cake. I don't remember how many layers it was.

3. I believe I covered the tank sections before stacking them but it has been so long I cannot be certain of that.

I hope I covered most of the questions. Thank you all for the kind comments.


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Coolest Army Tank Cake 56

by Janelle, Ryan, and Allison
(Rochester, MN)

Homemade US Army Tank Cake

Homemade US Army Tank Cake

This army tank cake is made by assembling a rectangle base of cake and a smaller rectangle for the top. I made two 9 x 13 cakes and used about 1.25 cakes in total for the tanker. We added small scraps of cake at the front of the cake on either side of the gun.

My son came up the idea of crushing chocolate stars (kisses would work too) for the dirt on the ground around the tank. We lightly frosted the base with frosting then sprinkled the chocolate dirt on top. The gun is a pretzel rod. We used Oreo cookies as the tanker wheels. Black licorice was pasted atop of the Oreo cookies with left over frosting.

The flag and US ARMY signs came from the internet. I taped the flag to a toothpick. We used two full tubs of white frosting which we colored with basic food coloring. Toy soldiers and airplanes were added at the end.

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Coolest Army Tank Cake 55

by Susan O'C
(Silver Spring, MD)

Homemade Army Tank Cake

Homemade Army Tank Cake

Thanks to all the wonderful ideas from this site, I was able to provide the army tank cake my son really wanted. We used a 9x13 cake pan and a loaf pan suggested by others who had done this. We mixed store bought chocolate icing with white icing to get the brown we wanted. We used the spray color icing from Michael's for the green and black camouflage.

We used Oreo's for the wheels and small kit kats for the treads. We crushed up graham crackers for the desert sand on the platter. We bought a GI Joe figure with the missile launcher for the cannon and used my son's army guys for decoration. We could not find American Flag toothpicks which would have been a perfect decoration to finish the cake.

This was so much fun to do with the kids and my son can't wait to share his birthday cake with his friends.

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