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Coolest Tank Birthday Cake 98

by Carol H.
(Chicago, IL)

Homemade Tank Birthday Cake

Homemade Tank Birthday Cake

This Tank Birthday Cake is my first attempt at a shaped cake of any kind. My son had requested a tank cake and I looked around for some ideas online. This seemed the most straight-forward design.

I bought 2 cake mixes and made one 9X13 cake and bought 3 disposable mini loaf pans. I filled 2 of the mini loaves but added the remaining 1/3 of the cake batter to the 9x13 pan to make sure that cake would end up a little deeper than usual. I baked the cakes, took them out of the pans and iced the large cake completely. Then I stacked the better of the two loaf cakes on top of the large one and finished icing that as well (I was glad I made two loaves so I didn't waste the extra batter and my husband got his own little cake to devour later).

It took 2 cans of frosting to cover the entire cake. For the gun I just used a pirouette cookie that is shaped like a thick straw. The tracks were made by sectioning 2 large Hershey bars - about 30 pieces and the side wheels were Mint Oreo Fudge Creams. I decided against trying to make the cake look like camouflage and kept it all Milk Chocolate colored. It went great with some vanilla ice cream on top.

This was a very popular cake with my whole family and my son couldn't believe that we could make something like this at home.

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Tank Cake

by Tammi Collins
(Mineral Wells, WV, USA!)

Tank cake for my Marine!

Tank cake for my Marine!

I wanted to make a special cake for my husband on his birthday and I didn't want a tradition square cake or a store bought cake.

My husband is a Marine and I wanted to do something with a Military theme and since his MOS was Motor Transport and tanks are certainly a part of that, the idea was formed.

I used a 9x13 pan for the base, a loaf pan for the mid section and a small metal bowl for the top, I tinted white frosting to make it the right color green and then used a large pretzel rod for the gun, Oreo's for the wheels and a Hershey bar broken into the already formed pieces for the tracks; add the plastic Military men and you are ready for battle!

This was a hit at the party, and since that time I have been asked to make them for enlistment parties, deployment gatherings and for friends that have little boys that love to play with tanks.

This was a fun project and I am glad that I was able to do it all with items easily found in my kitchen, no special purchases were required. I encourage anyone that has Military Personnel in thier circle of friends or in thier families to try this cake!

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Misspelling of "their"
by: Tammi Collins

Sorry, my fingers get ahead of my brain sometimes!

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Army Tank Cake 36

by Emily Phipps
(Damascus, VA)

Brandon's Army Tank

Brandon's Army Tank

My 6 year old son, Brandon, wanted to have an Army party. Originally, I was going to make a 9x13 inch cake with chocolate icing and simply sit army figures and small tanks all over it. The night before the party, I just happened to come across this website and decided that Brandon needed a real tank cake.

I baked two chocolate cake mixes in a 9x13 metal pan and a glass Pyrex loaf dish. I cut a piece of 1 1/2 inch wide cake from the center of the smaller cake and positioned the two pieces upside down in the center of the larger cake. I used one and a half containers of vanilla icing tinted light green and the other half container tinted light brown.

I used Oreos for wheels, printed paper letters to spell U.S. ARMY (remove before serving), crushed graham crackers for dirt and a cocoa cereal straw for the gun. Place cereal straw in tank minutes before serving because the weight of it will make it slowly fall down.

It turned out great, Brandon loved his cake!

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