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.
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.
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.
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.