My son was turning 3 and nothing suited him better than a Backhoe cake. I got my basic ideas from this site and went from there. I started by baking cakes- one in a large loaf pan and 2 in small loaf pans. I cut the end off the loaf pan cake to make the body shorter and used half a mini-loaf cake for the cab.
I used the other half of the mini-loaf to make the front scoop- I hollowed it out with a spoon. I used the corner of the second mini-loaf cake to make the back bucket. I had almost a whole mini-loaf cake left over, but at least I had a "Second Chance" if I messed up.
I made cream cheese frosting and colored it with regular food coloring. (It didn't seem to thin my frosting out too much like some people warn). I used old fashioned stick candy to attach the front scoop and a chocolate "Cow Tail" to attach the back bucket.
I used M&M's for lights and a pretzel stick for a smoke stack. The front wheels are Oreo's and the back wheels are Little Debbie Fudge Rounds.
After researching a great construction vehicle cake for my twins' 3rd birthday, I found the perfect example of a Excavator Birthday Cake I was looking for on funfamily.com.
I baked a pound cake instead of buying a pre-made one like it suggested, cut off one end and placed on top for the cab. The entire cake was then frosted with white icing that I dyed using yellow food coloring. I basically followed the picture to create the rest (chocolate donuts and M&Ms for the wheels, Twix for the arms of the loader, Dots candy for the lights, and Twizzlers with skewers placed in them for the crane, and chocolate frosting for the windows).
The most time consuming part was frosting all the various parts of the vehicle and then assembling them all so it was secure. It was fun to use a variety of ingredients such as various candies to create such a cake. It was a hit at the party and my boys loved it!
I made this bulldozer cake for my son's first birthday. It was made out of 2 loaf tins (large and medium) and a 24cm square cake. I used 4 Green's buttercake packet mixes. To construct it I used the large loaf cake for the body of the bulldozer, cut the medium loaf as the cab and cut 2 tracks and the blade out of the square. It was iced with yellow and brown Betty Crocker icing (Vanilla flavour with food colouring/coco added to it).
I used Prepared icing tinted with blue and cut them to size for the windows. Lollies that were used to decorate were Raspberry bullets for the tracks, smarties for the sides of the tracks, 1 curly whirl for the side braces, yellow musk sticks for around the window/rams, chomp bar for the exhaust and red jelly jube for the light. I put Violet crumble around it to look like it was in the rocks.
Thanks to Yvonne E. I was able to start with a drawing template like she did. I am a construction worker as well as an artist. I knew I was going to make the best cake ever to my artistic ability. Then in the end I had one Blemish. Anyway, I like to thank Yvonne for instructing how to make the cuts in the 2 cakes. Then I thank Cynthia B. for loaning her cake decorating kit that had everything I needed and her tips on what she learned during cake decorating class.
This Excavator Cake Idea took 4 hours on decorating. Special thanks to this site for having cakes on here to post and my Wife Erin F. for baking the cakes and mixing the icing. I used Hershey candy bars broken up in its own squares for the tracks. Then I used crumpled up chips ahoy cookies for dirt.