Construction Truck Birthday Cake

construction cake tutorialBoth 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.) 

construction truck cake tutorial

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….

LOL! The look on his face….I almost cried. I’ve never seen him that excited about anything.Couldn’t keep his little hands off. :)

 

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.)

chocolate cake 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.chocolate cake Add the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, vanilla extract, and oil (I used olive oil) into a separate mixing bowl and mix until combined.chocolate cakePour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. (I used a spoon)chocolate cakePour into prepared baking pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Putting together:
chocolate cakeCut 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.

chocolate cakeUse the the flattest side of the cake for the top layer. I used the bottom piece of one of the halves.
construction cakeCut 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.construction cakeSpread frosting over the hole, and sides of cake. 

construction cake tutorialAdd 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. :)

Construction Truck Birthday Cake

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 8 pieces

Serving Size: 1 piece

Construction Truck Birthday Cake

Very dense chocolate cake for those chocolate lovers.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup strong coffee (or 1 Tbsp of instant coffee granules mixed in boiling water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Decoration:
  • Toy construction trucks
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Candy rocks

Instructions

  1. Preheat 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)
  2. Add the sugar, sifted flour, sifted cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix everything well until combined.
  3. Add the eggs, buttermilk, coffee, vanilla extract and oil into a separate mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. (I used a spoon)
  5. Pour batter evenly into prepared baking pans and bake 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans.
  7. Putting together:
  8. Cut each cake in half. I used a long serrated knife. Spread about 4 tablespoons of the ganache over the tops of each half. Don't add too much, the frosting is very rich, and a little goes a long way.
  9. Use the the flattest side of the cake for the top layer. I used the bottom piece of one of the halves.
  10. Cut out a hole on one side of the cake and use half of that piece for the "pile of dirt" and the other half to put back into the gap.
  11. Spread frosting over the hole, and sides of cake.
  12. 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.
  13. Make a pile with some of the cake pieces, crushed Oreos, and candy rocks next to the dug out hole.
  14. Arrange construction trucks on top.

Notes

Sifting the flour and cocoa powder will prevent any lumps in the batter and I highly recommend it.

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Comments: 15

  1. Nastia November 14, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

    Klassno les i love the pictures of eddik im almost crying myself. The cake looks beautiful so now you know when you cake doesnt turn out is flat or a flop. Just cut out a hole, throw some cream on there and pile the crushed oreos lol

  2. Yelena November 14, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply

    Lol, hmm, that could be the new thing, cakes with holes in them. ;) thanks Nastia! I wish u were here to enjoy it with us.

  3. Anna @ The Table November 14, 2013 at 2:53 pm Reply

    I don’t even have kids and I want to make this. What an adorable idea!

  4. Yelena November 15, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

    Hehe. It was really fun to make :).

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  7. Kristin May 12, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful cake idea!! My 4-year old is going to love this for his birthday! Question, have you posted the frosting recipe yet? I didn’t see it. Hoping to get that as well because it looks like the perfect consistency for the look of this cake! Thank you!!

    • Yelena May 14, 2014 at 9:18 pm Reply

      Hi Kristin, I’ve kinda abandoned my blog these past few months because of so much going on, so I haven’t posted the frosting yet. I’d love to give u the recipe. I’ll shoot you an email with the recipe :)

  8. Kristin May 29, 2014 at 8:29 pm Reply

    Hello again, I’m not sure if you sent that email, but if you did, I haven’t received it. I’m really hoping to make this cake and frosting for my son’s b-day party in a couple of weeks… would be so grateful for the frosting recipe! Thank you in advance!!

    • Yelena May 29, 2014 at 11:47 pm Reply

      Ok, I’ve sent it, let me know if you haven’t received it. If not, I’ll send it from another email address.

  9. Sarah June 11, 2014 at 3:49 am Reply

    Hi Yelena, a friend has asked me to make this for her daughter’s 2nd birthday this weekend, would you mind emailing me the frosting recipe? Many thanks!

  10. Hayley June 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm Reply

    Cannot WAIT to do this for my son’s 2nd birthday in July. Could I get an email with the frosting recipe as well? Thanks so much! This is amazing…

  11. Nadia June 16, 2014 at 1:34 am Reply

    Hello Yelena.
    I,m going to make the cake this week. If it is possible, can you sent me an email with the frosting for this cake. Thank you.

    • Yelena June 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Of coarse! I’ll also be posting it, since I’ve had a lot of requests for the recipe.

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