This Construction Birthday Cake was the very first decorated cake I attempted. I work as a construction safety specialist, and we had a dessert/cake contest at our picnic last summer. I've always loved to bake, so I took it one step further.
I used the Cuddly-Bear stand up mold (Wilton) and carved off the ears and muzzle to make my Safety Dude, half the ball pan (Wilton) to make the hard hat, and the Wilton Decorator Preferred® Bakeware Heating Core to make the safety cones.
The hard hat and cones are chocolate cake and the "Safety Dude" is my special vanilla cake recipe, all decorating is done with butter cream frosting - even the yellow "caution" tape strip is frosting (I used the # 789 basket weave tip with the smooth side up).
For the brim of the hard hat I over piped frosting to get depth and shape of the brim of a hard hat. For the brim of Safety Dude's hard hat I cut a small piece of plastic from a cool whip bowl to make the shape of the brim and left about 2 inches to make a point to stick into the cake to hold it, then I piped frosting on the top and bottom using a #16 star tip.
The decorating took about 8 hours total, but it was a lot of fun and wowed everyone. We (Safety Dude and I) took first place but I did have to leave the area when someone finally wanted to taste the cake.
We did a construction theme party for my son's third birthday. I looked at a lot of different construction birthday cakes from the wonderful bakers on this site and came up with this one.
I used rock candy along the road. 100 calorie candy cut in half for the white and black edging. I also made a "sign" out of a chocolate Hershey bar and wrote on the back. The dirt is a crushed fudge cookie crumbs. The number 3 was outlined in icing and then I filled it in with crushed cookie crumbs.
I found cupcake picks in the grocery store that said "Let's Party" and with balloons, I put those on the side of the road. I used Tonka trucks since it was a Tonka construction party. This was actually a brownie mix baked in a large pan and frosted. Thick, rich & delicious.
I actually did a second cake also, for the family party which was a slightly different variation, without the rock candy.
This special construction birthday cake was created for my nephew’s first birthday. It is a two layer half sheet and a two layer 6-inch round white cake with strawberry and banana filling decorated with fondant. The roads were lined with piped butter cream grass.
Two holes were carved into the top layer of the sheet cake to create a rock quarry and a lake. I used blue tinted piping gel to fill in the lake and chocolate rocks purchased from a candy shop to fill the quarry. The extra cake left from leveling the lower layer of cake was used to create a ridge to place the sign and trees. The sign is fondant wrapped over a cardboard form with toothpicks to insert it onto the cake.
The trees are piped butter cream on sugar cones with pretzel rod tree trunks. The bridge was made from a cardboard form wrapped in fondant with piping to define the rocks.
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