I make a lot of cakes for girls.
A mother's baby shower, a little girl's birthday, a bridal shower... It's a treat to be able to switch gears and think boy for a change. This cake was requested for a 7-year-old's birthday. All I was told was that he loved MONSTER TRUCKS. First, I had to figure out what in tarnation a monster truck was, what it looked like, and why a 7 year old would like it. Originally, I pictured a muddy road with grass here and there. I always try to add a bit of green to my cakes as I feel like it adds a bit of cheerfulness to the finished product. The more I researched Monster Truck Rallies, the more I realized that there's not really anything cheerful about them! In reality, the truck, hiked up on enormous tires, is the brightest part of the whole affair. SO- I set to work...
At 6:20 I headed to Wal-Mart for supplies and to find a bright, cheerful-ish Monster Truck because, after all, what kid doesn't love to find a toy on his birthday cake? I was pretty disappointed in the selection. NO green on any of the cars close to my desired size. A dozen eggs, two pounds powdered sugar, and a jumbo tub of Crisco would complete my ingredients that were waiting at home.
I stacked two 9x13 cakes for the base. Then I baked two 6 inch round cakes. I leveled the first cake, being careful to save the hump. I topped the leveled cake with the second round and placed in on the 9x13's. Then, I took the round top I'd set aside and placed it on the cake as well.
The great thing about this cake was that I didn't have to be precise, didn't have to worry about a smooth finish. When was mud ever tidy? After covering the entire cake with brown buttercream icing, I ran the truck through a saucer as well. Dragging the monster through the cake resulted in some subtle tire tracks, and I positioned it between my two "hills."
Then I was at a loss- it was definitely missing more than a Happy Birthday message. A research break and a small ball of fondant created the triangle flags, hand-painted with black food coloring. A bit of writing, and before I knew it, it was almost 1 AM... I'm continually amazed that these things take five hours to complete!
A side note-- this was the LAST cake I'll make in my tiny kitchen! The next cake you see from me will be displayed in my new kitchen!