My son likes all forms of large trucks so I thought it would be a good idea to make him an 18 wheeler birthday cake for his birthday. I’m a big fan of Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes and I had to try my hand at this. I did a lot of research online an got a few pointers and recipe recommendations. I settled on the Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe from the Cake Bible and a Chocolate Butter Cream Icing recipe I found on the internet. Both of which were great choices and I highly recommend.
This was my first attempt and after a really rough start and burning the first 2 sheets of cake, everything seemed to come together and turned out great. I used a total of seven 9×13 sheets of cake, I made 2 sheets at a time which were double batches of the recipe. I made 2 batches of buttercream icing and each batch was double the recipe and I purchased 10 lbs of white fondant from a local cake supply store which I used every bit of.
I also used red and black gel color and square rice crispie treats for the base. The homemade 18 wheeler birthday cake took me a total of about 18 hours and was worth every bit of time I spent on it. The cake ended up being about 26″ long, 11″ high and 8 inches wide. With the 24″ X 30″ plywood base, it must have weighed at least 40 lbs.