We celebrated Ivy's FIRST birthday, so exciting and so fun!!!
I decided to make her a bulldozer cake living in Edmonton,AB it just makes sense! Next year she will be able to choose what kind of cake she wants so I stayed away from lions,princesses and (shudder) Elmo's this year.
This cake was so fun to make and there was a bit of trial and error because like all busy moms I decided to make a cake by just the picture??? what was I thinking,haha. It turned out great, I was lucky, so I will give the recipes I used but the proportions are not perfect you will have some left over pound cake. I like the idea of using the extra cake and making it into boulders and dipping them in chocolate.
****NOTE***** You need to make this pound cake recipe twice to make the bulldozer cake
3 cups All Purpose Flour
3 cups sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sour cream
3 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1.) Preheat your oven to 350F grease and flour a 9x13" baking pan
2.) Cream your butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 3 min or so. Beat in sour cream then eggs, one at a time and vanilla.
3.) Add in flour in 1/3rds until just combined.
4.) Bake for 40 to 50 min until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
5.) Cool in pan then invert to a rack. Once cool freeze so much easier to shape/cut when frozen.
6.) Cut each cake in 1/3rds (see pic below) one cake will make up the body and the other cake will make up the tracks with some cake leftover.
This is my crumb coat it just a layer you do to seal in the crumbs then you chill it until firm then finish frosting it gives you a cleaner finished cake. I will give links for the two different types of buttercream frosting I used. In the pic above you can see I have pieces of parchment paper slid under the cake this gives you a nice clean board you just pull them off when you are all done frosting. I also used put a bit of frosting in between the board and the first cake layer as "glue" just in case :s.
I had to be stingy with my yellow because I used it in between my layers so I would just use the chocolate for that next time. I also didnt use a lot of frosting in between the cakes. To make the yellow color I used one bottle of Wilton gel in yellow and 5 drops of Red. Vanilla Buttercream recipe can be found here and the chocolate here. (Awesome recipes)
For the finishing touches I used Kit Kats for the tracks, so cute, I needed 6 bars and then I used Cadbury fingers and the "blade" is a Lindt 70% choc bar resting on some fingers I just snapped off the end section, 2 squares. I put the blade on right a the end. I used a piping bag with extra icing for all the rest. Choc chop cookies are my "dirt".
I forgot to pipe a window at the back.
If anyone decides to tackle this cake send me a pic email@example.com and I will post it :) I would give my husband a shout out for helping me build it but he never reads my blog haha! Oh and one final baby smeared with cake shot......
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY!!!!