Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Construction Birthday Cake

Well Howdy y'all!  With two birthdays in the family last week, it has been a little crazy busy around the casa!  I realized I needed to create a birthday cake and fast for my little 4 year old.  He loves cars, airplanes, trucks, cranes, tractors, pretty much anything that moves!  I found some ideas online to get the brain started and then created this.  It was fast, simple, and easy, and he loved it!!! 

I made it the night before his birthday, and he couldn't stop staring at it.  He was begging to play with it!
Look at that little guy!  He makes me laugh every day!  After we sang and blew out candles, he got his wish...to go crazy with the cake!

I guess they all went a little crazy with the cake!  They had so much fun with it, and that to me was really worth it.  And I will be honest...I couldn't stop eating it.  Something about the crunch the little rock candies added to the moist cake was just like a mini birthday party in my mouth.  And I gotta be honest, if there is food in front of my face, there is a 90 % chance I will eat it. 

The aftermath in the construction zone!  
Construction Birthday Cake
Chocolate Cake
1 box chocolate cake mix
1 small box of instant chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
Mix all ingredients together until well blended.  Pour into two 8- or 9-inch cake pans.  Bake according to the directions on the cake box.  Be sure to check with a toothpick to ensure that the cake is cooked through.  Cool cakes.  When cool, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze.
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup (1 cube) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk (adjust to get the right consistency)
Mix all ingredients until light and fluffy. 
Frosting the Cake:
Unwrap the frozen cakes from the plastic wrap.  Put a layer of frosting on top of one of the cakes, then stack the other cake on top.  Frost the entire cake.  This cake is so forgiving, just spread away!  After frosting, take a chunk out of the top layer of the cake.  Put that below the area it was removed as dirt.  Then use Oreo crumbs to create additional piles of dirt on and around the cake.  Put piles of  Chocolate Rock Candy around the bottom of the cake and a single layer around the top of the cake for a border.  Place any type of construction trucks around the cake.  (I bought a 5 pack at Wal-Mart for $4.99.)  And you're done!!!

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