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Coolest Tank Cake 102

by Jodi P.
(Inverness, Highland, Scotland)

Homemade Tank Cake

Homemade Tank Cake

Homemade Tank Cake
Homemade Tank Cake
Homemade Tank Cake
Homemade Tank Cake

This is the tank cake I made for a friend’s little boy’s 10th birthday. He loves all things military and really wanted a tank for his birthday cake. It’s not something I had ever tried to do before so thought it would be fun to have a go.

I made two large rectangular chocolate sponge cakes and one small rectangular one. I used my usual chocolate sponge recipe which uses really good quality dark chocolate – I think melted chocolate is so much better than cocoa powder in a cake. When the cakes were completely cooled I leveled them both off and placed one on top of the other. I then carved them to form the main body of the tank. I carved the smaller cake to form the top piece of the tank. I then ‘stuck’ them all together using butter cream so that the main cake was basically a big chocolate sponge filled with butter cream.

Next I made the green icing which I rolled as thin as I could and covered the whole cake. The next job was the caterpillar tracks. First I rolled out some of the green icing nice and thin in a long roughly rectangular shape. I then used my fine basket-weave rolling pin (for use with icing) to carefully roll over the icing once to get the pattern. I then cut two long strips of the same width and stuck them on to the cake using a little edible glue for the underside. I know it is supposed to be a basket weave pattern but I thought it was quite effective!

I used rolled out green icing, some plain and some rolled with the basket weave rolling pin, for the details. I also added a few molded pieces and incised lines for extra effect. The gun itself was made using a matchmaker encased in the same green icing! I then made a hole through the icing cover and into the cake big enough to insert the gun far enough so that it was held securely in place.

I have some edible spray paints which I used to spray random splodges onto the cake to create the camouflage effect. I had never tried this before so was really nervous about it but I took the plunge anyway and was really pleased with the result!

Finally I made the little man for the top of the tank. He is made from the same green icing and some pink icing I made, and his features are painted on with some black food coloring.

I then melted some good quality milk chocolate and poured it onto the cake board to make the muddy puddle. I then (very carefully!) lifted the tank and placed it in the middle of the puddle – nerve racking! Having successfully completed this maneuver I crumbled a flake into the melted chocolate around the tank for extra texture.

And that was that. I was really pleased with this one and my friend says it really made her little boy's day!

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Very impressive
by: Anonymous

You did an excellent job. Your attention to detail really made this look so realistic.

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