I made this dump truck cake for my three year old Will's birthday. The idea actually came from a Wilton book. I was looking through the book when Will spotted the dump truck. He is fascinated by big trucks and tractors. I decided to give it a try. It was my third fondant cake.
The cake is a simple golden, butter cake with buttercream icing. I honestly don't remember how many layers I baked. I built the back first. It's a very simple square cake covered with yellow fondant. I didn't hollow the truck out or anything. I shaped the front and covered it with red fondant. The layers were a little too soft and didn't hold the fondant up like I wanted, hence, the wrinkled in the "cab" of the truck.
The tires are fondant covered pieces of cake, as well. I baked a thin layer and used cookie cutters to keep each tire's size consistent. The "dirt" is Oreos and chocolate chip cookies. I used both because I wanted a brown colored "dirt" that would be good sprinkled on ice cream.
My son loved the cake!! So much, in fact, he still asks where it went. Maybe next time, I'll try for a tractor.
This dump truck was so much fun to make but time consuming too. I started by baking two 9x13" cakes. Once cooled I cut out the shapes I needed and put the pieces together to resemble a dump truck.
It took 2 tubs of icing to cover everything and that was the most time consuming part. I realized that the more icing you use, the heavier it is and it can actually start to pull your cake apart if it's too heavy. I suggest finding a light whipped icing if possible. After the icing came the fun part of decorating! I used gel icing tubes for the window outlines and grill; smarties for the lights and wagon wheels for the tires.
I was going to use cruller donuts (aka tractor tires) but they're fairly light colored and I really wanted to use something dark for the tires. I filled the back of the dump truck with bridge mix and white chocolate pieces.
My son was thrilled and has asked for a backhoe cake for his next birthday. I'll definitely be looking on the "coolest birthday cakes" site for ideas!