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!
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.