My little boy was turning two and I had already done a baseball cake for his first birthday so I was looking for something different. So I looked around online to get some ideas and came across some great cakes. He loved playing with trucks, so I went to the store and bought a pack of construction trucks/tractors.
I made two chocolate cakes with chocolate frosting to hold the cakes together and on top to look like dirt. I didn't try to make the frosting too smooth since it was going to be a construction site. I colored coconut shavings with green food coloring. I bought a pack of sweetened coconut and put it in a bag with green food coloring until it was the shade I wanted. I spread out the "grass" around the edges and set up the trucks/tractors with brown sugar in the appropriate places and I used pretzel sticks as tree trunks in the back of the dump truck.
I used road cones and caution signs to complete the look.
My son is obsessed with diggers of all kinds. This Construction Site Birthday Cake was for his second birthday. It is a chocolate cake (from Joy of Cooking) with chocolate buttercream between the layers and on top of the top layer. The top layer is broken off, with a bulldozer and excavator "working" at the crumbs. On the top I've put a crane lifting pocky "logs" and a dumptruck full of chocolate sprinkles.
I made a pile of plywood out of sesame snaps and then a random pile of white chocolate squares. I used some of the broken cake to make a dirt pile on the top step. I used extra cocoa in the buttercream to make it darker and more "dirty".
We kept out only digger toys, had a construction theme decoration set and made a "pint the scoop on the digger" game with posterboard and doublesided-tape.
This cake I made for my son's second birthday and literally takes very little skill. My son is in love with work sites so as I was shopping at Toys-r-us one day I spotted this (cheap) set of construction vehicles and decided to make a theme from it. I baked a round chocolate cake. The icing is a cream cheese frosting that I colored brown. I iced the cake not being too cautious of crumbs since it fits into the whole look of the cake. I crushed oreo cookies for rocks/dirt that I scattered all over the cake and piled up some crumbs of leftover chocolate cake I had to make the big dirt pile. I then placed all the figurines and trucks on and around the cake. Very Simple! My son as well as his girl cousins, LOVED the cake.
This Handyman cake is a 20cm butter cake I made for a little boy turning 3. I also had to make another cake (under the sea) for his twin brother! The icing is buttercream and the bricks, sign, tape measure and nails are fondant.
The tools are made from white and dark chocolate. When making the sign I tinted the fondant light brown then cut it to shape. Marked the planks of wood with a ruler then made the wood grain effect with a toothpick. I then mixed some brown food colouring with vodka and brushed it over.
Was an easy cake to make and lots of fun. Thanks for looking.
I made this Carpenter Birthday Cake for my father-in-law Ken who is a master carpenter. I baked a home made 2 layer, 12 inch chocolate cake and filled with chocolate fudge butter cream frosting.
I then frosted the entire cake with white butter cream frosting. The tools are made from a chocolate chip bar, which I cut out from tools I found on line in coloring books and then covered with icing. The yellow tape on the bottom is home made marshmallow fondant and the writing is done with food writer pens.