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Coolest Army Tank Birthday Cake 95

by Stacey W.
(Kennesaw, GA, USA)

Homemade Army Tank Birthday Cake

Homemade Army Tank Birthday Cake

Homemade Army Tank Birthday Cake
Homemade Army Tank Birthday Cake

I made this Homemade Army Tank Birthday Cake for my sister-in-laws boyfriend who just came home from Korea. I have developed quite a niche for baking and cooking these days. She loves my creations so I was privileged to make this for her.

Sheet cakes are still new to me so I was a little nervous to start. I am the type that only bakes from scratch. I made a basic yellow cake in a 9x13 pan on Friday morning. When it cooled off I wrapped it in clear wrap and tin foil, placed it back in the pan and put it back in the freezer until I got home from work at about 9pm.

Then I whipped up a quick batch of basic butter cream icing, using 3/4 cup of unsalted room temp. butter, 2tblsp vanilla, and approx. 1 1/2 lb of powdered sugar. Next, I sliced about 6in. off the end of the cake to make the top. Then it was time to color the icing. I split the icing between 3 bowls and added different mixtures of food coloring to make the green, brown, and tan. I also added a little cocoa powder to the brown for a little extra flavor.

I applied the different splotches with a spoon. The wheels are mint stuffed Oreos to add some color (I just took the tops off), the tracks are Dark Chocolate Hershey, and the cannon is a candy coated pretzel. I broke the legs off of the army man from the Dollar Store and cut a small hole in the top. Also, I used one of the tops of the Oreos and iced it for the cover.

It was SO much more simple then I expected! I was finished and my kitchen was cleaned by 11pm!

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Coolest Irish Army Tank Cake 89

by Tracey
(Tipperary, Ireland)

Homemade Irish Army Tank Cake

Homemade Irish Army Tank Cake

Homemade Irish Army Tank Cake
Homemade Irish Army Tank Cake

My army mad 8yr old announced he would like an army type cake so I was delighted to come across your web site! I got great inspiration for this Homemade Irish Army Tank Cake from all the fantastic cake recipes and helpful tips.

I started by making two plain sponges in a Swiss roll tin (10in x 14in). Using 4 oz plain flour, 4oz caster sugar, 4 eggs beaten together, bake at 190c for 12min. I sandwiched these together with jam and cream when cooled. I placed this on a tin foil covered wooden board.

Then I made a single Swiss roll sponge with 1 oz of cocoa sifted in and baked as above. When cool I cut this in half and sandwiched together with jam , I then stuck this on top of the first cake to make the top of the tank ( I kids called it the turret!!)

I then made the butter icing with a bag of ready made Royal icing powder and added softened butter and beat to a creamy butter icing. To colour it I used green colouring and added a few drops of red colouring to dull down the green. I plastered the cake using a flat palate knife.

I stuck Oreos on the edge as wheels and used small thin bars of dark chocolate as the wheel caterpillar tracks ( from Aldi). To finish I stuck on two plastic army soldiers and a plastic gun in the front as the cannon.

Finally we made an Irish flag to fly on our masterpiece! The cake was a huge hit with everyone.

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