Construction Themed Birthday Cake–> Around our house, the kids start talking about what they would like on their birthday cakes MONTHS before their birthday arrives. For our older daughters the discussion usually involves princesses, Sophia the First, and My Little Pony.
But for the boys, its all about trucks, tractors and dump trucks. And when our third was about to turn 3, his most recent fetish was front loaders. So I knew his cake had to involve one in some shape or form.
And after a little searching online, it didn’t take long to find beautiful chocolate cakes with the sides “dug” out of them. Now this was something I could pull off! I’m still perfecting my cake baking skills, so the imperfect nature of this cake was right up my ally!
(Although, speaking of fetishes, my most recent is bundt cakes, you can find the recipe for an incredible triple fudge oreo bundt cake here!).
Construction Themed Birthday Cake
So I made two round cakes with pre-packaged devil’s food cake mixes with chocolate frosting in between and all around. If you are looking for a great round cake pan, these are my favorite, inexpensive, never stick and clean up very well!
The “dirt” magic for this construction themed birthday cake came from a half package of chocolate filled Oreos that we crushed. (That’s actually what caused the chocolate dripping down our son’s chin, he couldn’t understand why he couldn’t play with the loader on the cake so I was giving him Oreos to hold him over :)
I believe the construction toys were purchased at Walmart, but you can also find them here on Amazon for under $10. They have some other fun embellishments on Amazon, too, like these construction cone birthday candles.
To make the hole that the the back-hoe is digging, I completely made the cake and then scooped out that section. Then I placed it in front of the loader to add to the pile of dirt. Next I added some of the crushed Oreos in the “hole” and on top of the “dirt pile” in front of the loader.
I also added more of the crushed Oreos around the edge of the cake for decoration. What I really appreciate about this cake is that it just doesn’t have to be perfect! I had always purchased birthday cakes in the past for fear of it not turning out (I’ve had some fails in the past!), but no fear with this cake! The messier the better!
The cake was a HUGE hit! Our little guy was thrilled with it (especially once he could eat it and play with his loader again!). I really appreciated how easy it was to pull off and am not sure how we will top it for next year :)
(As I write this he is looking over my shoulder talking about having tractors and combines on his cake next year…I sense more crushed Oreos in the future!)