I made this construction vehicle cake for our son's second birthday. He loves everything to do with construction right now!
It was fairly simple once I had all the components prepared. The base was a 9X13 2" cake cut into an 'H' shape and covered with grey fondant for the tracks.
The center was a square piece of Styrofoam covered with yellow fondant to lift the cab and engine up from the tracks. The engine and cab were 9X9 and 2X3 2" cake covered with yellow fondant. I secured the cake together with 3 dowels for support. I made the bucket with fondant-- the arms were fondant-covered dowels. I had a ton of fun creating the construction site with all of Benjamin's favorite treats!
All told, I used 3 cake mixes, 7 cups of icing and about 60 oz. of fondant. There was plenty of cake to go around! Benjamin's reaction was priceless. That smile was one I won't forget for a long, long time!
After following the tips from some others online (namely the rice Krispy digging arm) I also added licorice straps and mini Oreos for the wheels. The green cake was a chocolate cake which I 'dug' into with a spoon to make it look like excavated earth when it was served up(not shown in photo).
I used fondant for the windows and the digger arm, I used butter icing for virtually everything else. The base of the Digger Cake Design was cut into a shallow 'H' shape, iced and then another butter cake dropped on top. Avoid ever using black icing after you've started on the rest of the case. The big challenge is getting the yellow colour consistent between the icing and fondant, do it little by little.
My son was ecstatic although did get a little upset as people began to eat it. When served it was decorated with little signs and men from his toys. I owe the design entirely to this website.
This construction digger cake was requested by my daughter for her second birthday. My wife made two loaf-shaped, hot milk sponge cakes. One was cut in two for the 'axels' and the other rested across them for the 'body'. The wheels were two large and two small ring doughnuts, coated in black icing. The two exhaust pipes were curley candles.
The scoop was the most work. I constructed it out of icing-coated wafer biscuits using water icing as cement. The scoop arms were Chomps (a South African product: chocolate coated wafer bars) held in place with pretzel sticks pushed through the Chomps and into the cake.
The roof was a icing-covered wafer biscuit supported by four chocolate finger biscuits, with an orange fruit gum for a light. The grass was green icing with wildflower sprinkles. Black food colouring for the icing of the tyres was from a specialist food shop.
It took about 6 hours over two nights to assemble and ice.
My little boy had a "construction" party for his 5th birthday and I made him this excavator / Construction Digger Cake. I made chocolate fudge brownie cake as it is firmer than other cakes and built the basic shapes of the cab and the bulldozer part and covered it all in yellow coloured fondant icing stuck on with buttercream.
I also used "strips" of cake for the parts which connect the "scoop" on the other side and the bulldozer part. I cut ovals of cake for the tracks (although it would probably be just as effective to make wheels from biscuits)and covered all the pieces in the yellow fondant. I used lots of licorice to outline everything and for the tracks and "cables" and the "fork" parts of the bulldozer. I painted the window with edible silver paint and used red jelly sweets for the lights on top. I used chocolate "Flake" for the sand.
I made this Excavator cake for my friend's son's 2nd B-Day....he loves "diggies"! The base of the machine is a 12x18 vanilla pound cake that I cut and carved into shape. I had a lot of help from my husband with the design after he informed me that me original drawing was "all wrong"!
The arm is Rice Krispie Treats molded around dowel rods. The dirt hill is a chocolate cake baked in my large pampered chef batter bowl that I torted and filled with buttercream. The whole cake is iced in buttercream.
This was a huge hit. I only wish that my icing was a little more smooth on the arm. I had trouble getting it nice and smooth over the Rice Krispies. At the party, I added crushed Oreo cookies to the dirt hill for added effect.