Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Third Birthday Construction Site Cake

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As of November 15th, we have a three year old! The past three years watching CJ grow have seemingly flown by, especially in comparison to watching his sisters grow up. Of course, our lives are so different now than when we first had kids, but the past 3 years have been an absolute whirlwind of baby, first home, wedding, and many other things.

CJ is our last baby and our only boy - I can't wait to see where life takes him. 

He is obsessed with "trucks". He goes through phases of which type is his favourite (monster trucks, tow trucks, semi trucks, etc.) but the most consistent is any type of construction equipment. For his birthday this year, I knew I had to make a construction site cake inspired by one I made for a client years ago.

This cake, in it's original post here, was huge and had tons of cute details. It's probably one of my favourite cakes, mostly because it was so simple to make.

For CJ's third birthday, we needed something on a much smaller scale for a lot less people. Here's what I came up with:

To make a construction cake similar to these, you'll need the following:

- Cake - If you choose to use boxed cake, this brand is my favourite
- Chocolate frosting - I use this recipe to make my own. I don't recommend using store-bought as it doesn't seem to hold details well.
- Construction tape (Optional)

After you've assembled and frosted your cake, you can very quickly decorate. Here's what I did:

1. Cover the the cake board in construction tape. This simply adds another level of detail. For the smaller cake, I didn't think it was necessary.
2. Decide where the trucks will go. Will they be lifting? Dumping?
3. Place cookie crumbs. I sprinkled crumbs all around the base of the cake as well as in random piles.
4. Place the trucks. I love when a truck is tearing into the side of a cake (pictured above in the larger cake).
5. Place the rocks. I added some around the base of the cake as well as in the buckets of the trucks.
6. Add details. Pipe a message and add optional extra details.
7. Serve!

Decorating this cake only took 10 minutes, and he absolutely loved it.

I can't wait to see what type of cake he wants next year! Until then, I'll watch him grow. ❤

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