A friend asked if I could make his friend who was a heavy equipment operator a 60th birthday cake. I tossed around some ideas in my head and this Construction Cake is what I came up with.
I baked 2 9 inch round vanilla cakes and filled them with vanilla mousse, strawberries and bananas and then iced the cake in vanilla butter cream. I airbrushed the sides of the cake yellow and orange. I piped a border and added some grass. I bought the little construction vehicles.
For the sand/dirt I crushed up some girl scout shortbread cookies and added a little bit of crushed graham crackers. I dug some of the cake up to make it look like the back hoe dug into the cake. Since they requested a yellow cake I had to dig a hole, ice the hole and put chocolate cookie crumbs in the hole to look like dirt. I put some corn syrup in the back of the dump truck and stuck candy rocks onto it to make it look as if the truck were dumping the rocks.
I found a senior crossing construction sign at the party store which I added for the "old theme". Everyone at the party loved this cake and the birthday "boy" hahahaha was so amazed that someone took the time to make this for him.
This is my first attempt at a cake in a long time, I made it for my boyfriend's nephew's second birthday. Considering this was the first time meeting his sister, the pressure was really on!
The bottom layer is two 8" rounds stacked, the cake is marble, chocolate and vanilla, I used vanilla icing, and 5 thick straws to provide support under the top layer. The top layer is three 6" rounds, cake again is marble. I started out layering the base and frosting it, then put the top together and frosted it as well. the road is marshmallow fondant dyed black, I used white icing to create the land divider. After placing the top and base together, I added the grass to bring the layers together. The signs are yellow fondant and I drew the pictures and working on them with edible markers, as well as for the caution tape, yellow fondant, and I drew the stripes on. The trucks I picked up at Walgreens, there is crumpled cake in the back of the dump truck to look like dirt, and I secured the candle with icing to stabilize. The construction cones are candles, some I left full size, others were too big for the actual cake, so we cut them down, and I used fondant dyed black to create the base.
This Construction Cake was for my grandson Ashley's 3rd birthday party. I baked a chocolate cake, split it in half and filled it with Oreo Cookie frosting, then I covered it with green fondant. I used cut out sheets in black for the road.
The trucks and construction vehicles I purchased, the rocks in the dump truck are actual rock looking candy coated chocolate. I used crumbled chocolate wafer cookies for the dirt. I filled the shovel on the diggers with frosting so the cookie crumbs would stay when I transported the cake.
I also filled the dump truck with frosting before I loaded them with the chocolate "rocks". This made it so fun for the kids at the party when it was cake time. They each grabbed a vehicle with chocolate goodies before they got their cake and ice cream.
The cake took me about 2 days to put together. Day 1 I baked the cake, let it cool and split it. I used Oreo cookie frosting to fill the middle. I put the cake in the freezer over night so it was easy to put the fondant on and decorate it the following day.
Very easy to do. It was the coolest cake I've ever made.