This Construction cake was my 2nd attempt at cake decorating on this level. We were having a safety luncheon at work and the only dessert on the menu was banana pudding. So I thought I would make a fun cake keeping with the theme of construction safety.
I made a white almond sour cream sheet cake. I dyed butter cream frosting a bright yellow for the base and black for the borders. I made a road and safety cones out of fondant I dyed. I purchased various construction vehicles. I played with the placement of the vehicles on the upturned cake pan so I could decide what extras I needed to add.
I used a clean hack saw blade and cut off the pointy end of two sugar cones. I used a grass tip and covered the cones with green frosting to make pine trees. I used a tiny bit of black gel coloring on white fondant and didn't blend it all the way to make a marble look for the boulders in the dump truck. What was left I blended into a solid gray to make concrete.
I ordered HO scaled train men with hard hats to place on the cake. The dozer is sitting in crushed chocolate cookies that look like dirt. I used black fondant and letter cutters to make the words. It took some serious searching to find the security gate. Every trade we use complains about the security check point so I wanted to be sure that was represented just for fun.
It was a hit. The cake was placed on display till everyone had filtered through to eat and then was cut at the very end. There was not a single piece left.
I should tell you now that this homemade CAT themed cake was for my brother's 30th birthday! My brother is a truck driver - and loves CAT equipment. He also collects the little CAT figurines so I wanted to incorporate those as well. I could see little tears in his eyes when he saw the cake, but I think that was because he could play with it!
I simply made a chocolate cake in a roasting dish, then I covered it with chocolate icing (with a bit of black food colour added to get it a bit darker). Then came the accessorising (starting from the left):
1. The "logs" and "trees" are chocolate finger biscuits, shredded coconut with green food colour and kremelta. I also put a little icing sugar in the trees to get the green colour to come through.
2. The bulldozer pushing the "rubble" is breakfast cereal, coconut, and mixed nuts all stuck together with kremelta. I pushed this into the corner of a container (so it would look like the digger was pushing it) and left it in the fridge to harden.
3. The digger in the front corner - I made this by simply using a fork (to replicate the digger prongs) to etch out the side of the homemade CAT themed cake.
4. Lastly - the CAT logo - I photocopied the CAT logo to the size I wanted, then traced this onto a rolled out piece of fondant icing. Then painted the logo using food colouring and let it dry.