The little boy I nanny turned three. He is obsessed with all things construction and has a crazy vocabulary about trucks and construction. We are constantly outside "laying foundations" and "building big houses."
His mother has celiac disease so this cake was completely gluten free. The upper part of the three is a vanilla cake and the bottom part is chocolate. It is covered with chocolate buttercream frosting, vanilla royal icing, and chocolate ganache. Each cake was made in an Angel Food Pan and then cut to make the three. The back of the three was lined with yellow and black stripes made from royal icing in order to make it look like caution tape. The dirt was made with a combination of brown royal icing, Chocolate buttercream and leftover chocolate cake pieces.
Everything on this Construction 3rd Birthday Cake is edible, including the signs, except the trucks which were purchased at Target. The signs, construction cones, hard hat, and letters were made from candy molds. The letters are chocolate and the signs, cones, and hard hat were made from vanilla candy melts.
The board is covered with green royal icing. Then I used a number 233 piping tip to make the texture of the grass.
My son loves dump trucks, diggers, etc, so for his 3rd birthday I decided to try a construction cake. The base is a half sheet that I made from store bought mix, but added pudding mix for moisture. The filling was whipped cream and strawberries and the outside was chocolate butter cream.
I bought 3 trucks, plastic trees, candy (chocolate) rocks, and some road signs. I put Oreo cookies in the food processor to make "dirt". For the mountain I made the same cake in a loaf pan, froze it and carved it. I used the corners that I cut off for the peaks of the mountain and held it together with toothpicks. I dug out a little bit in the center for a tunnel.
I frosted it and put it back in the freezer while I frosted the rest of the cake. I used black frosting in a tube for the road because I could not get my homemade frosting black enough with food coloring. The green was made by Duncan Hines edible "spray paint" frosting that you can buy at the grocery store.
I got a lot of compliments on this cake! And it tasted great! My son loved it!
I made this for my nephew's 7th birthday. I was lucky enough to find the small CAT toys and some construction men when looking for his present. I used two boxed cake mixes (chocolate). I baked a third of the total mix in an 8x8 pan and the remaining in a deep 9x13 pan. I covered the 9x13 cake with brown tinted butter cream frosting, to make it look like a muddy construction site. The 8x8 cake was cut in half. I secured the second layer to the first with pretzel sticks, then covered with more brown frosting. The front of the second layer was covered with crushed duplex cookies to make it look like a rocky hillside. For the trees I used pretzel sticks for the trunks and green frosting to make the leaves/branches. I arranged the toys on the cake to create the construction scene, filling the dump truck with more cookies. More green frosting was used with a small star tip to dot the caked...trying for an appearance of surviving grass.