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Coolest Army Tank Cake 42

by Kimberly W.
(West Jordan, UT, USA)

Army Tank Cake

Army Tank Cake

My son asked for an army party with an army tank cake. I got some great ideas from this website, then added some of my own touches.

To get the tank shape, I baked a 9x13 cake, cut it in half, then put one half on top of the other. I baked some cake batter into a small, round, oven-safe dish to create the smaller section on top (I wish I had made this part smaller).

I covered the whole cake in chocolate frosting.
Next, I put on the wheels. Initially, I was going to use Oreos, but when I was at the grocery store, I walked by the donettes...I think they look more like tank tires and I'm convinced they were what 'made the cake'. I simply dabbed some frosting onto the back of each donette, then put them in place.

The next part was not hard, but it took a long time. I used the Wilton star tip to do the camo look. I felt this was the best approach, because I didn't want the different colors to run together or look sloppy.

All I did for the coloring was use chocolate frosting, tinted with black coloring or white frosting to achieve different brown shades. I did the same thing for the green shades. To get olive green, mix chocolate and green frosting together.

I would suggest making the cake a day before the party. That way, you can take your time with the camo frosting. Work on it for 15 minutes, then take a break for an hour or so. Just keep working in little spurts until it's done.

Lastly, I made some marshmallow fondant. It's not as hard as I'd anticipated. I colored the fondant black, then rolled it out. I cut it into 4 strips. I took a strip and gently laid it across the top of the tires on one side. Then, I took another strip and slid it under the bottom of the tires (this was a bit tricky). Next, I trimmed excess length off either strip and sealed them together with my fingers. I repeated this for the other set of tires on the other side.

If I were to do this again, I would take the time to make tread patterns on the fondant to give the tank more character and detail. To top it off, I wrapped extra fondant around a pirouette stick and gently pushed it into the front of the top section of the cake. Crushed Oreos were placed around the tank to look like dirt.

My five-year-old and his friends loved this cake!

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I love it!
by: Anonymous

That is the most awsome army cake ever! Great job!

Awesome Cake
by: Beth from Indiana

I think this is the best tank cake on this site. My son's birthday party is Saturday and I am using this cake for inspiration. My only change that I think I am going to make is to put a sparkler inside the tank gun and light it while we sing happy birthday. I think it needs some extra flare.

Great Cake.

by: Donna

My adult friend is retiring and I am going to try this cake. I have never used fondant so I am really scared about that. I wish we could actually chat on this site.

by: Deana

I love it! I am totally copying this for my four-year-old's bday! Thanks for the great model!

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