Both my family and my husbands have some sort of construction/driving trucks kind of genes. My daddy was a construction man for as long as I can remember. Surprisingly, I married a construction man myself, and his father also runs his own construction business. So it was no surprise when my little boy became a truckaholic as soon as he can point his little finger at them and say tahhggaack. (The way he pronounces his Rs kinda sounds like he’s chocking on something, like hhhgh. Must be the mix of Russian/English in the home.)
So for his 3rd birthday I wanted him to have a construction truck birthday cake. I saw pictures of them circling around pinterest and they looked amazing. I’m no professional, and my decorating skills are close to zero. So I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull it off.
But it was actually easier then I expected. Just dig into the cake (literally) and add a few toys on top. Very fun too. (I may have a few construction genes myself.)
The chocolate cake itself was very very moist and super dense. I’ve heard rave reviews about the Hershey’s black magic cake recipe, so I had to try for myself, and I gotta tell you, I’m sold. This just might be the chocolate cake I’ll be going back to.
As for the frosting, I’m not a huge buttercream fan, so I decided to go with a whipped chocolate ganache frosting. Which was super chocolaty and very rich. Combined with a dense chocolate cake and you got yourself a chocolate lovers dream cake. Yumminess!
The recipe for the frosting will be posted soon. (It’s so good it needs a post of it’s own.)
I decorated the cake without him seeing it, and then called him….
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9″ round cake pans and add parchment paper to the bottom (trace circles on parchment paper using the bottom of the pan and cut out.)
Add the sugar, sifted flour, sifted cocoa powder (I used hershey’s), baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix everything well until combined. Add the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, vanilla extract, and oil (I used olive oil) into a separate mixing bowl and mix until combined.Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. (I used a spoon)Pour into prepared baking pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cut each cake in half. I used a long serrated knife. Spread about 4 tablespoons of ganache over the tops of each half. Don’t add too much, the frosting is very rich, and a little goes a long way.
Use the the flattest side of the cake for the top layer. I used the bottom piece of one of the halves.
Cut out a hole on one side of the cake and use half of the piece for the “pile of dirt”, and the other half to put back into the gap.Spread frosting over the hole, and sides of cake.
Add crushed Oreos over the dug out hole and lightly press on it so it will stick to the frosting. Stick a few candy rocks into the hole pressing them lightly into the frosting. Make a pile with some of the cake pieces, crushed Oreos, and candy rocks next to the dug out hole. Then arrange construction trucks on top. And thats it!
Hope all those little construction men will enjoy this cake as much as my son did.