I made this dump truck birthday cake as a smash cake for my God son's first birthday! I had been looking at dump truck cakes online trying to find a recipe and some instructions I could follow. I never really found one that I fell in love with so I sketched out a blueprint for my cake and away I went.
I used the smallest cake board and frosted it then sprinkled crushed eddy grahams over it. The truck is made of two cakes that were cut in half stacking the halves on top of one another. Total it was four half sheets high. Then I carved out the basic shape of my truck and started decorating.
The wheels are small chocolate donuts. The only other thing I used to decorate besides the frosting was M&M's and crushed teddy grahams to make dirt for the back of the truck. I used the triple star tip and a single star tip from Wilton. The yellow and black coloring gel were also Wilton product.
I had so much fun making this cake and I am making another one just like it for another little boy this weekend..along with 60 cupcakes!
I made this Dump Truck Birthday Cake for my son's 3rd birthday. I got the idea from a Wilton Fondant Yearbook. We used blue and grey to match my husband's flat bed truck. To make the truck I covered a Styrofoam block with foil to raise the cake.
For the truck body, I baked chocolate cake in 2 loaf pans. I stacked the cakes with icing between and froze them for about 2 hours. Then I cut and shaped the cakes to make the basic truck shape. I then covered the cake in a thin layer of buttercream.
The blue and grey icing are homemade marshmallow fondant, rolled and cut to the shape needed to cover the cake. The tires are also marshmallow fondant. A little water will allow you to "glue" one fondant piece to another.
Although not seen here, to finish the cake, I crumbled chocolate cake into the back of the truck and behind it to look like it was dumping dirt! I also added my son's name to the tailgate to look like the manufacturer's name.
This Homemade Dumptruck Birthday Cake Design couldn't be more simple. I made it for my son's 3rd birthday party at his daycare. I baked and froze a 9x11 chocolate cake. Once frozen I took it out and broke it apart into pieces and set them into the dumptruck box. I had some mini chocolate cupcakes on hand so I fit them (I used 4) into the box as well and smeared some icing onto them and the cake pieces sticking up.
It does not have to look perfect or pretty, in fact, you don't WANT it too! I then crushed up a few Oreo cookies and a few chocolate chip cookies and sprinkled them on top.
All of this was done in one of my son's dump truck toys that he already had and took 5 minutes. You could then use a toy shovel to serve it if you like!
Our 3yr old is obsessed with construction trucks, so I made him this Homemade Dump Truck Cake and then cut out dumptrucks from construction paper and attached them to sidewalk chalk buckets - added the bottom 1/3 of a paper lunchbag to the top of it and made them into goodie bags/buckets filled with treats. We also played 'pin the backloader on the backhoe' - that I drew onto Bristol Board and it played out just like pin the tail on the donkey.
Please feel free to share these ideas for other moms looking for more than just a dumptruck cake.