This 3D Mack cake was a beast! I made this cake for my 2 year old son’s birthday because he is literally obsessed with the character Mack from the Disney movie Cars. Anytime we are out and about he points out all of the trucks and of course calls them by name, Mack! So I knew I had to make this cake happen. I did some research online as I typically do for all of my cakes and couldn’t find what I was really looking for, so I was on my own in creating this cake. I knew I wanted to build Mack out of cake and then sit him on top of another sheet cake because we were having a fairly large party and wanted to make sure there was enough for everyone.
For the sheet cake I used a 12″x16″ pan. I used the yellow cake recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens cook book. It is a great go to recipe that I use anytime I am making just a vanilla cake. I doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough batter. I made a vanilla butter cream frosting and iced the entire sheet cake. I crushed up Oreos to make the road and Graham crackers for the “desert”. I colored a little bit of my icing yellow to make the lanes on the road. That was all the easy part!
For Mack I used a 9×13 pan and used the Hershey’s chocolate cake off of my cocoa can. This cake received great reviews. It is a super moist cake for being home made. The icing is a vanilla butter cream dyed red. Once the cake cooled completely I cut it into 3 strips. Two of the sections went directly on top of each other to create the trailer. The third section was cut in 1/2 and then 1 of those pieces halved again to create the cab. His eyes are slices of large marshmallows with a M&M placed in the center. I made his hat out of a red plastic plate. The wheels were peanut butter pretzel wheels dipped in chocolate and his smoke stacks were of course the 2 candles. My husband found me little stickers to put of the outside of the truck and Mack’s hat.
Overall this cake turned out great and family members were shocked and amazed that I made it. My son loved the way his cake looked and still calls any birthday cake “Mack cake”, he’s 2 1/2. I think the most challenging thing was getting it done ahead of time of the party and storing it in the fridge. At first I didn’t think it was going to fit in the fridge because of the board it was on and then once I got it in it was so hard to maneuver to get out. Almost dropped the thing a couple of times!