Tuesday, March 27, 2012

No-Bake Birthday Truck Cake Under 30 Minutes!!!

My youngest son turned two years old and I wanted to MAKE his cake a little special other than just purchasing it at the bakery...I felt very ambitious but I didn't actually have the time to run home after a long day at work and bake one from scratch. I picked up the kids favorite ready made cakes from the grocery store and carved out his all time favorite thing in the world...A Truck! To be perfectly honest, it was supposed to be a train but the truck was much easier and faster to make! This was a very inexpensive way to personalize a cake for a cute, lucky toddler.

Things you will need:
  1. Entenmanns All Butter Loaf Cakes (2)
  2. Frosting
  3. Food Color
  4. Candies/Pretzel/Mini Donuts/Oreos
  5. Plastic Goofy Eyes (optional)

For the below images:
  1. Remove the loaf cake from it's packaging and place on a clean surface or wax paper.
  2. Slice off the top of the cake if it has a rounded shape (optional) - I left some roundness on mine.
  3. Slice off less than a third of the cake.
  4. Place on top of the larger piece.
  5. Should look like this.
  6. This is the front of the truck-that easy!
Grab another pound cake and leave as is (no cutting necessary). Slice off the top only if you want a flat trailer truck carriage :)
Looks almost complete with hardly any work done to it...yay for me.
Slice one mini donut in half and place on top of the truck front.
Grab your favorite frosting, mine is Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream...YUMMmmm
Mix your desired colors and start icing away. This was the rough part for me as I have never iced a cake in my life! To make it even more challenging, I didn't even have the right tools for the job. I used a butter knife and I was VERY surprised at how well I did after all.
  1. Place a dab of frosting on each piece of cake to make it stay in place.
  2. Do this for the donut halves also.
  3. Use your tool (or butter knife) to make the sides and EDGES as smooth as possible. The key is to define the edges of your cake so that it looks like a "truck" or whatever shape it's meant to be.
  4. Do not pile frosting on so thickly that it looses its shape.
When done with the icing, remove the messy cake with a thick knife and placed it onto a cleaner surface...This is where you can start adding your candies/pretzel sticks etc. It is harder to move the cake after all the candies are placed without messing it up.
Sprinkle colored sugar for additional yumminess! It also covers all the imperfections on your icing job well!
I added pretzels for additional definition to the structure of the cake. Add Oreo cookies for the wheels. Add whatever candy you have on hand. For my #2 on the front of the truck, I sliced a string of Twizzlers in thin pieces and stuck it into the frosting. Slice it thin enough so that it remains in place.
Add candies to the wheels for an added pop to the cake...I kept adding things up to the very last minute. You can easily get carried away with this easy, fun affordable cake idea.
Happy 2nd Birthday Jake!
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