This cake was inspired by several images from this website. My Grandson wanted an army tank birthday cake for his 5th birthday which had an 'army camo' theme.
He wanted a chocolate and hazelnut cake (he had picked and shelled all of the hazelnuts required for the flour himself!), which I made the bottom part of the cake out of using a great Nigel Slater recipe which produces a firm but moist cake. I made a 20cm round cake which I then shaved the sides off. The top part is a separate piece made out of a chocolate muffin which didn't need much cutting or shaping at all.
The cake is covered in royal icing coloured by a mixture of green and orange food colouring. The wheels (is this what they're called???) of the tank are chocolate Oreo cookies. I used a wide licorice strap to create the tracks. I also used half an Oreo for the lid which sits behind the army man and I used a semi-circular piece of icing from one of the biscuits to create the illusion of a hole around the army man's upper body.
The head lights (which were put on mainly to brighten up the cake) are Jaffa candies cut in half. Jaffas are an iconic Kiwi sweet which may not be available in other parts of the world, but I'm sure there are plenty of substitutes!
The gun is a licorice log with a hard chocolate centre. They're delicious so when it came time to cut the cake, there was quite a fuss over who was going to be the lucky recipient - the birthday boy was the winner!
My son wanted an army-themed party, so I searched this site for Army Tank Birthday Cake designs. This cake, therefore, has a little of everyone's ideas and I thank you all!
I started by baking two 9" x 13" mixed chocolate and vanilla, tinted green, cakes. I then baked the third layer, which was a spice cake, in a loaf pan. I then froze all three.
The next day, I sculpted the second layer about 1" smaller on the sides and trimmed about 3" from the front and slanted it. The top layer was cut like a stop sign and placed on top. I then tinted my icing with black, greenish black, brown, and brownish green colorings.
I piped black lines for the camo first. I then alternated the colors by using a Wilton star tip to fill in the camo areas. I used Reese's peanut butter cups for the wheels, and lined them with Hershey's chocolate bars. I used a Hershey's crunch stick for the gun.
This cake did not take long at all to decorate; in fact, I decorated it on the morning of the party. Thanks again!
Want a slice of cake?! This Army Tank Birthday Cake was created by 2- 9"x13" Pillsbury Yellow sheet cakes and 1- 6" round cake. It was assembled using good ol' Crisco and 10x sugar based icing. Wilton's brown and green gel food coloring was used to create the sand, medium brown, and army green colors.
The entire cake was iced in the sand color prior to camouflaging with brown and green. Found it easiest to use a bag and large tip to ice the lower portion and corners of the cake. A "star" tip and green icing created the tracks. Oreos were ideal for the job of creating wheels. A Piroutte (cookie) resembled the cannon.
Because this icing dries quickly, work had to be done rapidly. Assembly and icing of the cake took less than an hour (however, all instruments and icing was ready for use prior to the assembly. Makes it much easier).
"Gunny's Command" was a real success with the boys (my husband included).