When I first decided to have a party for Duke I told Mom Tobler that this was going to be simple. I was originally shooting for just "Happy Birthday" theme and go all out with balloons, noise makers and keep it very traditional. Then I decided I wanted a dump truck cake which made everything complicated because I could have a dump truck cake and have a "Happy Birthday" theme. In my mind that is just WRONG! So we decided to go construction and holy man, it was fun!!
While discussing the cake with Mom Tobler she was all for ripping it up and adding some dirt. I then told her that I wanted a truck on the top and that I wanted to make it. She suggested just putting a toy on top to keep things simple but that wouldn't work. We had to make it and while Mom resisted I am so glad that she went along with my craziness!
First we had to make the truck shape and pylons out of rice krispies and let them harden over night.
The next morning we placed the filling in the cake. We made it two layers and I'm so glad that we did since they flattened out for some reason.
Next came melting the marshmallows in the croc pot.
Then it was time to mix in the powdered sugar...
... lots of powdered sugar.
Mom really got in her morning work out.
Once it was thick enough, it was time to kneed.
This is usually the part where Mom starts to get excited. She just loves the feel of fondant and how smooth it is! She is in her happy place.
It was then time to divide it up and color. It was at this point that E was no longer distracted by whatever we had her glued to. She wanted to "help" so we gave her some blue play dough and she worked too. The only issue was trying to keep blue flakes from getting into the fondant.
Then we dirty iced the truck and covered it in fondant.
I had to cut out some windows with an exacto knife.Very detailed work.
I love these chocolate rocks and how real they look! They are 100% edible.
We can make quite the mess!!
Once the truck and Duke's name was placed, it was time to rip the cake apart. Mom was pretty stoked for this part!
While I made wipers, Mom created the front of the truck! It looked Amazing!!!!
Tada!! It is done!!
From the back.
Top shot! While I loved E's cake I think I like this one more. It was much more detailed and while E's was our first I really think we're only going to get better!
What were the kids doing while we were working on our masterpiece? They were napping and destroying some decorations. So excited for the party!