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.
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.
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 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.