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Cool Homemade Army Tank Cake for Army Themed Birthday Party

My youngest son was turning four and really loves to play with army men and wear camo, so we decided to have an “Army Man” birthday party. He asked me for a homemade army tank cake so I used the tank on the party invitations as a model.

I baked two 12×12 square cakes and one 10×10 square cake using a black magic cake recipe (family fav). I froze them for a couple of days so they would be easier to carve. I stacked the larger cakes together then sliced them to make a rectangular base for the tank. Before I iced a cake I like to stack it together with parchment paper between the layers so I can make sure to get the look I want.

I used butter cream frosting colored with green and purple to make army green. I used fondant for the wheels, track and gun. The wheels are Oreo cookies covered with fondant. I used small scissors to make the grooves on the tracks. I used a wooded dowel covered in fondant to make the gun.

I sprayed the whole cake with a spray food coloring in black to make the army tank cake look just right. I spread chocolate icing and brown sugar around the cake to make dirt. My son loved it and so did everyone at the party!

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