To make this cake I purchased 2 boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix at the grocery store. I wanted the cake to be special so I searched on-line for a home-made raspberry filling to spread between the two cakes. It was made with real frozen raspberries, sugar and some cornstarch... it turned out wonderfully and made the cake super-moist and delicious.
I baked both cakes, one after the other in the same pan to ensure the same size. Although, I did have to use a long knife to slice off the tops of each cake to make them flat and even. Then I spread the raspberry sauce (made the night before the party) and put the second cake on top of the first.
During baby's morning nap, I decorated the cake.
Again, purchased white Duncan Hines cake frosting. I died it various colors using a few drops of food coloring: yellow for the sides, green for the top and orange for the sign. I went to a fun candy store to get all the candy: licorice strips for the stripes on the sidenand for the sign and road borders. White licorice pieces for the centerline of road. Boulder rock candy from the bins. I found the black sugar for the road and dirt ("Turtle Crisp") ice cream topping at a local craft store in the cake section. And I found the two construction trucks at a specialty toy store. I put some non-edible foam signs and cones from a party store onto toothpicks to stick along the road and other places on the cake to fill in the empty spots.
...Didn't realize I misspelled "Birthday" until after the party and the cake was all gone! ...Life in the fast lane....
This Construction birthday cake was for my son's 4th birthday. He wanted a tractor cake, so I went with the construction theme(he is big time into digging in the dirt and wants to build things all the time, so I figured he'd love it, and he did!).
It was easy to decorate for the party, everything black and yellow. I found some "Caution Tape" and used it like streamers and printed off different road signs and hung them from the streamers and used them as decorations on the table as well. The bottom layer of the cake was a half sheet and the tiers were a 9" and 6" double stacked.
The bottom and very top were covered in butter cream, and the middle is chocolate. I found construction workers and have them digging dirt and laying chocolate cement. The dirt is Oreo cookies. I used a mortar and pestle to grind them very fine. Around the bottom layer there are fondant hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches. I couldn't find all the extras at the store that I wanted to have so I dug thru his toy box and found barricades and cones (washed them of course!).
Everyone loved it! The favorite part everyone told me was the cookie crumbles on top! I definitely had fun making this one!
I made this Construction birthday cake for my grandson’s 3rd birthday. I made the rocks a day ahead of time out of fondant. I do not like to use fondant if I can help it but just a little was fine. The dirt is ground up Oreo cookies piled on top of black butter cream icing.
I purchased the trucks and signs at my local Dollar General store. He is a typical boy and likes anything trucks and cars. He favors fire trucks but that was his cake last year. I made the cake out of a white cake mix and covered it in chocolate icing to start with. I then striped the sides yellow and black to represent construction warning tape and grass around the top edge. I placed all of the pieces accordingly to create a construction site, constructing the 3 in a road for his 3rd birthday.
It was a total hit with birthday boy and guests. I got the idea for this cake from several cakes I found online. I took the ideas and created my own.