For my son's 4th birthday party, we decided to go with a construction theme. We had lots of toy construction vehicles for inspiration but Landon wanted to include a particular toy lawnmower that he loves.
I decided to add a grassy area to include the lawnmower. I used a Wilton's 12x18 cake pan. The "muddy" part of the cake is homemade butter cream icing mixed with cocoa powder. The road and grass are the same butter cream but with green or black coloring.
I iced the chocolate side part and then piped out the design for the road and filled it in. Then, I piped the grass (grass tip) and added yellow to the middle of the road. I made the road large enough to put the road scraper toy on top. I used an upside down cupcake, covered with chocolate icing and crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs to be the "dirt pile". I filled the back of the dump truck up with crushed chocolate graham cracker crumbs so it looked like it was making the dirt pile.
On the grass, I took the handle of a fork and wrote a 4 in the icing and then filled the 4 with crushed graham cracker crumbs and put the lawnmower in front, to look like it cut out the 4. I sprinkled graham cracker crumbs (chocolate) all over the muddy construction site and added a few construction vehicles and signs. We used chocolate covered raisins as 'rocks".
This cake was a big hit and relatively easy to make.
For Joeys construction cake I started by making a vanilla sheet cake in a jelly roll pan. Cooled completely. Leaving the cake in the pan. I began by using store bought chocolate frosting to frost the entire cake. I saved enough frosting and made a small pile for the dirt side of the cake. I used a small paper plate and placed it gently on the cake where I planned to put the lettering. Then I used crushed chocolate cookies for the dirt 1/2 and graham cracker crumbs for the sand 1/2. The plate helped so I didn't get the crumbs on that part of the cake. The machinery came as a set which was perfect for the cake. I placed them on the dirt side and made a hole in the frosting for the scoop to sit in then used a spoon to put some cookie crumbs in it too. The rock candy I picked up at Walmart in the candy isle. I put it in the dump truck and scoop before putting them on the sand side of the cake. Piled up lots of rocks on the cake too. Candy letters for the Happy Birthday Joey, and I stuck candy rocks into the cake around letter area too. Very easy too decorate. The best thing about using toys is when I took them off the cake and cleaned them my son was thrilled to finally play with them.