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Coolest Army Tank Cake 51

by Nicole K.
(Ocala, FL)

Homemade Camo Tank Cake

Homemade Camo Tank Cake

We made this tank cake for my son's 11th Birthday Bash! We had an Army/battle theme and thought a tank was the best choice for a homemade cake. We found a lot of ideas on this website and played around to make the cake our own!

First, we baked a 9x13 cake (vanilla w/ green food coloring) and a loaf pan with a chocolate cake. We froze them to make the cutting and icing easier. We used chocolate icing as a crumb coat on both cakes and used chocolate and white icing to mix up the colors to camouflage the tank.

We created four bowls of icing (tan, black, green and dark brown.) We used icing bags to squeeze squiggles of color and once all the spaces were filled in, we wet the tip of our fingers and pressed the colors together. (Caution: be careful to not use so much water that the color drips.)

We used a cookie 'stick' to create the cannon on the front of the tank. We 'painted' it with black icing and froze it until right before we served the cake. The hatch was half of a sandwich cookie propped up on the back of half of a toy Army man. The wheels were Oreo cookies and the tracks were black licorice pieces. (We bought a bag of licorice pieces, but they were a little large in diameter, so I would recommend buying black licorice Twizzlers and cutting them to size.)

We made the chocolate American Flag with a candy mold, milk chocolate candy melts and a lollipop stick. The 'dirt' is crushed vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies sprinkled around on the cake board.

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WOW!
by: Heather

What a great cake! I hope your son knows what a creative and wonderful Mom he has!

Great tank cake!
by: Anonymous

Nice cake -- thanks for sharing your technique for making the camo pattern; it is very clever and looks fantastic!

I love it!!!
by: Khalilah

This is an awesome cake! You are extremely talented and creative! My son's birthday is next month, and I was considering buying a cake from the store, but I think I will try my hand at making one! Thanks!

Great Tank Cake 51
by: Cristi

What a great cake! I love it. I'm going to have to try something like that for my son that will be turning 11 next month. Thanks for the tips.

WOW!
by: Ozietta Reid

What a great job!!! It's hard to believe that this was your first time making this cake! You go girl!!

Thanks
by: Ann

Thanks for letting me see his cake. It came out awesome Nikki.

awesome cake
by: Anonymous

Awesome tank cake! Thanks for sharing your great idea!

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Coolest Army Tank Cake 58

by Mellisa
(TN)

Homemade Army Tank Cake

Homemade Army Tank Cake

I made this army tank cake for my nephew's 9th birthday party. I used a regular 9 x 13 cake pan for the bottom and a loaf pan for the top and just cut the front of the loaf pan at an angle.

I mixed a jar of white and a jar of chocolate icing to get the tan coloring and then gave it a few sprays of green food coloring to get the camo effect.

The wheels were made of Oreo cookies and the track were made out of Hershey bar squares. I printed off an army logo and just stuck it to the icing on the front of the tank and used a couple of army toys to decorate.

I covered an Oreo cookie with icing for the lid to the tank and sprinkled Graham Cracker crumbs on the cake plate to look like desert sand.

My nephew loved it!

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easy and clever
by: Anonymous

This may not be covered in fondant and use bakers powder, but it seems easy enough to pull together and I bet the chocolate squares were devoured quickly. I will probably take that idea and mix some others to build my son's cake. Thanks for the ideas.

AWESOME TANK CAKE
by: Gunnersmom

this is awesome! gonna try and make something similar for my sons 7th birthday!!

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Coolest Army Tank Cake 50

by Tina
(Whitesboro, Texas, USA)

Homemade Army Tank Cake

Homemade Army Tank Cake

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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Coolest Army Tank Cake 74

by Julie R.
(west alexandria ohio)

Homemade Army Tank Cake

Homemade Army Tank Cake

This Army Tank Cake was made from two 1/4 sheet cakes, filled and stacked, then taking a serrated knife starting at the front, carved down to an angle, then doing the same for the back, but leaving a block in the middle for bumper, then using rice krispies, two layers cut with a knife for shape for the top part of cake, and then using a dowel rod for the cannon, covered in fondant.

All parts are fondant and buttercream icing, and cake is iced in buttercream also. Then airbrushed yellow then airbrushed brown over that, and used black for details. A toy was brought in to me to use for a model.

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