For my son's 3rd birthday he initially requested a crane cake. After doing a little research online I quickly realized that my cake making skills are not yet refined enough to make a cake hang in the air! I decided to persuade him to want a Homemade Bulldozer Birthday Cake. Once I did this I quickly found a cake I thought would be very easy to assemble.
After showing my husband the cake he thought he should do a little looking because he told me that I was making a tractor, not a bulldozer (who knew one was not the other!) My husband ended up coming up with most of the design cutting the entire cake for me. We started with 2 9x13 cakes. He cut the pieces into the body, the cab, the track, and the blade.
I made buttercream frosting and did a crumb coat (always makes the final coat so much easier to complete). After letting the crumb coat chill for 2 hours we added the yellow frosting. My husband came up the great idea to use a Hershey bar for the tracks. I bought a tube of Wilton black frosting and piped in between the track and used it as a border in a few other places. We used a small piece of licorice for the exhaust and 3 M&M's for the lights.
My son and all his party guests loved the cake! Not sure what we will do to top this next year.
With a little boy who loves bulldozers and me keen to try cake making, this seemed to be the best way to do my first decorated bulldozer cake.
I made a cake in a 27cm long loaf tin that had pretty straight sides. I then cut the top 1/3 of the cake off and placed it on the top for the cab. Sides of the cab were shaved off in diagonals and these pieces were used to create the engine. I stuck wooden skewers and toothpicks all the way through any layers to secure everything!
To decorate, I first made the butter cream icing a bright yellow, so toned it down with red to make it more orange. This was lathered all the cake. The wheels were made of six Oreo cookies on each side, stuck together in pairs to make thick tracks. If I could have found thick licorice straps they would have been my first choice for tracks, but we ended up using strips of dried fruit. Thin pieces of licorice rope were made to frame windows and make the grill on the engine.
A piece of a wide cardboard roll was cut and covered with aluminum foil to make the blade. Crushed Oreo cookies made the dirt. Candles made the exhaust pipes.
For my son's third birthday he wanted a construction party, complete with a bulldozer cake. Having never really created anything other than simple cakes with "Happy Birthday" spelled out on top, I was determined to make it myself and utterly unsure how I was supposed to create such a request. He did not want Bob the Builder, so my choices were limited.
After searching the local stores for a mold, and coming up empty handed, I decided to make one myself. It literally took minutes to create. I made a two layer chocolate sheet cake from two boxes (simulating dirt) with three containers of store bought chocolate icing. Then, I took green food coloring and mixed it with coconut flakes to make the grass, a tonka toy bulldozer was cleaned and pressed into the top pushing a pile of dirt which was actually crushed Oreo ice cream cones. Then, I boiled some decorator rocks to use for boulders and decorated the perimeter with black and yellow squeeze icing to look like caution tape and then dug through my son's toys and found two detour signs.
The cake was a huge success and I was very proud of the end result.