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.
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!
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.