Construction Party Cake
by Theresa Peters
(Thompson, MB, Canada)
A Construction Site Cake
This is an easy and fun cake to make!
Start with any cake you like. I use mixes because they taste good every time – but I often doctor it with other flavors. Try adding mint flavor to chocolate; grated carrot and coconut to butter pecan; or even better use mashed bananas for 1 cup of the liquid in a chocolate cake for a deliciously moist chocolate banana cake!
I used one mix in a 9x13 pan but if you need to serve more people you could layer the cake to make it taller – or make a larger cake. When it is cooled – level it (cut the top rounded part off so it’s flat)
Cover your board with foil (or foil wrapping paper for a fun touch). Put a dollop of icing on the board then put the cake on top (this is so it will not slide).
Make a plan for your construction yard. You can do this ahead. I made caution tape with pieces of yellow paper that I drew black lines across. I glued tooth picks at regular intervals to look like posts. Buy some new construction toys.
Dig a hole in your “yard” if you’d like one. You could use some of the cake from this hole to fill a loader. It works well if you mix the cake with some icing so its sticky. Then sprinkle with Oreo crumbs. If you don’t have a hole you can use the extra pieces from leveling your cake for this or for a dirt pile (do it the same as the load on the digger)
the entire cake with chocolate icing. You can use the store bought kind if you must but I prefer homemade butter cream. Here’s the recipe and its super easy! (before you add the cocoa take out about ½ cup of icing – thicken it with extra icing sugar and set it aside – you’ll need it later for under the grass)
Cream 1 cup butter (1/2 lb), at room temperature
Add 3 tsp vanilla and 4 tbsp milk
Mix in 3 ¼ cups icing sugar and ¼ cup cocoa
(Whip this really well)
Add 1/2 cup flour or more to make it the right
For your first coating of icing take some icing (about 1 – 1 ½ cups) and put it in a bowl. Stir in a teaspoon of milk to make it thinner. Then ice the cake thinly with this icing. Let it crust (you can even freeze it at this point) to trap all the crumbs in the icing. When it has crusted, use your chocolate icing to ice the rest of the cake well. Let this crust too (you can refrigerate it to speed this process)
While its crusting take some coconut and shake it in a bag with a few drops of green food color.
Then use the white icing you have to ice the cake on top of the chocolate in the place where you’ll have grass. Before it crusts, press the green coconut on top.
Decorate with graham crumbs for sand, Oreo crumbs for darker dirt, black licorice nibs,shaved chocolate, candy rocks etc however you like. I used icing to hold pretzels together in a log pile. Poke the “fence” in and add the vehicles.