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Easy Construction Cake {Excavator Cake}

Easy construction cake or excavator cake, homemade with simple ingredients. This birthday cake is composed of two tiers of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, candies, Oreos and toy trucks create a construction site.

This cake is what little kid dreams are made of, and possibly some grown up dreams too! It packs a huge visual punch while being rather simple in the construction process… you can decide if that pun was on purpose or not 😉 This Erupting Volcano Cake {With Dry Ice Smoke} and this Easy Monster Cake would also make awe inspiring birthday cakes, and are relatively easy as well.

How To Make Easy Construction Cake Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Bake and cool cakes– Completely.
  2. Prepare frosting– And chop some of the candies in half.
  3. Place cake on cake board– Cut cake in half and frost it in the middle.
  4. Fully ice cakes– Use the back of a spoon to create a rustic pattern.
  5. Secure cake– Place the 8 inch cake on a large serving board, and insert support dowels.
  6. Assemble layers– Place 4 inch cake on top of the dowels and secure together.
  7. Create an illusion of a construction site– Add clean trucks, stick chopped up candy bars on to represent stones and sprinkle Oreo crumbs for dirt. Create a puddle of ganache around some of the trucks to represent wet cement.
  8. Do this decoration for the tiered cake and the large board– To create a bigger story. Enjoy!

Variations For Excavator Cake For Kids And Adults

Try other frostings– Such as German Chocolate Cake Frosting, Chocolate Ganache Frosting, or Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. You can even use other flavors like Easy Mint Frosting, Whipped Cream Frosting, or Caramel Frosting and add food coloring to make it dark brown or black, if you prefer.

Try other cake flavors– Such as this Funfetti Cake, Moist Carrot Cake, Best Vanilla Cake, or Best Red Velvet Cake

Try other cake sizes– Make a larger cake to feed more people, or make miniature versions.

Try other cake shapes– Make a square cake version, or even a cake in the shape of the child’s age!

Make edible fondant trucks– It was too time consuming, so I did not do this. I also wanted to keep the design simple so everyone can make it and so kids could even help. However, if making fondant trucks sounds like a good time to you then you can use this How To Make Marshmallow Fondant or How To Make Modeling Chocolate {Candy Clay} and molds or tinplates from online to help.

Create a scene– I set up the cake on a large board so that we could create the illusion of a construction site around the cake too. I added rocks, trucks, and ganache dripping from one of the trucks. This way the whole scene tells a story!

Tips And Techniques For Homemade DIY Construction Birthday Cake

Dowel support is very important– Because otherwise the cakes will collapse or dig into each other. You can use bubble tea straws or wooden dowels. I chose to use straws because they are easy to use, convenient, and readily available. They can be cut down to the correct size easily with scissors and there is no possibility of splinters from wood.

Don’t decorate warm cake– Because the frosting will melt and slide right off the cake making a mess.

Where to find construction toys? These are from Target and were not that expensive. Amazon or Walmart is another option.

Wash toys before using them– Because no one wants dirty toys on their food, and make sure to pat them dry with paper towels. Excess water can ruin the frosting and make it all runny.

How to make edible dirt? Crushed Oreos is the best option, but you can also crush any cookie that is brown or black like Thin Mint cookies, chocolate teddy grahams, chocolate graham crackers, etc. I have heard of people using black fondant by letting it dry and then crumbling it up to look like dirt, but I have not tried this method. I prefer the use of cookies.

Prepare candies, cookies, and frosting while cakes cool– Because this saves time and makes decorating at the end easy and efficient.

What kind of candies to use? I used mini Reese’s, Whoppers, Lindt truffles, and mini chocolate chips for this cake.

Storage For Construction Themed Cake

Make ahead instructions- This cake can be baked and decorated 1 day in advance and stored at room temperature until you are ready to serve.

Refrigerate– Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freeze– Wrap unfrosted cakes in saran wrap and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge and decorate when needed.

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Easy Construction Cake (Excavator Cake)

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Decorating time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Easy construction cake or excavator cake, homemade with simple ingredients. This birthday cake is composed of two tiers of chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, candies, Oreos and toy trucks create a construction site.
Yield: 20 People

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • Bake cakes and allow them to cool completely.
  • While the cakes are cooling, prepare the frosting and chop up some of the candies in half.
  • Place each cake on a round cardboard cake board that's the same size as the cake.
  • Cut each cake in half horizontally and spread icing on top.
  • Place the other half of each cake on top and press gently to secure together.
  • Ice both cakes fully in icing and use the back of a spoon to create a rustic pattern.
  • Place the 8 inch cake on a large serving board.
  • Stick 4 dowels or bubble tea straws in the center of the cake and cut straws to the correct height.
  • Place the other 4 inch cake on top of the dowels and press gently to stick the 2 tiers together.
  • Place the washed toy trucks on the cake and on the large cake board.
  • Create an illusion of a construction site by sticking chopped up candy bars on cake to represent large stones and sprinkle Oreo crumbs for dirt. Create a puddle of ganache around some of the trucks to represent wet cement.
  • Do this decoration for the tiered cake and the large board as well to create a bigger story. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 625kcal, Carbohydrates: 110g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 561mg, Potassium: 239mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 82g, Vitamin A: 29IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 155mg, Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 625
Author: Abeer Rizvi
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