I got the idea for this cake from other cakes on this site. My son wanted a Mack Truck cake, but he only likes ice cream cakes so I made a Cars Ice Cream cake. I got ideas for decorating the cake from this website.
First, I baked a chocolate cake in a Wilton 12" x 18" cake pan then put it in the freezer, while my ice cream softened in the fridge, for 30 minutes. I then spread, in all, two half gallon cartons of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake and put it back in the freezer to harden. In the meantime, I mixed together whipped cream, a box of chocolate pudding, hot fudge topping and oreo cookies. I had found this recipe online but I don't remember where. I think it was called oreo fudge ice cream cake. I adapted it to my needs.
I then iced the cake with this whipped cream mixture and let it harden. I used crushed up vanilla wafers for the sand effect, with a few chocolate teddy grahams thrown in, to give it some color variation and make it look like genuine sand.
I printed a giant '3', cut it out and laminated it, using it as a stencil for the number on the cake. A strip of cardstock was used as a stencil for the road. Once the cake was covered with its sand-like coating, I removed the stencils and used crushed oreos to fill in the road and the number '3'. I dyed the grated coconut green and filled in the blank corner.
I then printed signs on cardstock off the computer and used my son's toy cars to decorate. He loved it and I had a great time doing it. The frozen coconut was a surprise hit with the kids. They loved it. One tip: if you freeze the cake overnight, take it out 20-30 minutes before you plan to cut it. We didn't take it out earlier, thinking it would quickly melt in the 100 degrees outside temperature, but, even with the heat, it was a good 30 minutes before we could cut through it, even with a hot knife. Once we did, though it was delicious!
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