I stepped out of my comfort zone the day I agreed to do this New Orleans Saints 18 Wheeler Truck Groom’s Cake. This cake involved building a platform and carving and molding and well… lots of things that freak.me.out.
I guess I felt like I needed a challenge that weekend… it was the groom’s cake that went along with the Wedding Dress Wedding Cake. Yeah… call me crazy.
In fact, although this is not my most recent vehicle-themed cake, after doing this one and a few others, I may not ever do another one. In fact, I’m not even sure why I took the last couple of orders for automobile cakes.
Why, you ask?? Because they’re hard. And I’m no good at them. And they stress me out more than just about any other kind of cake. I love a good challenge, but not one that gives me extra gray hairs, if you know what I mean!
But anyway… that’s a story for another day. Since it’s football season, it seemed like a perfect time for me to tell you about the cake! But first, let’s talk about the support..
My husband cut out a huge rectangle from plywood, and also a strip of 2″x4″, and a small piece of luan and screwed them together and painted them black. I can’t give you dimensions, but it was big. He also drilled holes and screwed in 3 dowels (spaced out evenly) to serve as inner supports for the cake (he did that after this picture was taken).
Now, the cake itself… for the trailer, I baked an 11×15″ sheet cake, cut it in half length-wise and filled and stacked it. I think. Haha! It’s been a year and if I had any notes on this cake, I can’t find them.
Then for the cab, I think I baked 2 square cakes – maybe 6×6″ squares – and carved and stacked them. That was really the hardest thing… getting the right shape. The bride had drawn a picture of what he wanted, but I never felt like I got it right.
For the wheels, I used a mold that I got from Mayen of Way Beyond Cakes. I haven’t used them often, but I love the way they make wheels SO easy! Anyway, I didn’t seem to take a lot of other close-up pics of this cake, but I did get one more that I had to share… check out the “fuel tanks” on the cake:
Do you recognize those? They’re empty sprinkles bottles painted silver!! I brainstormed for hours one day trying to figure out how I was going to do those when suddenly it hit me how easy it would be to just use an empty bottle! It was light, perfectly shaped, and the right size!
So that’s that!! Quite possibly the only 18 wheeler cake I’ll ever do!! I mean… I was happy with the way it turned out in the end, but at this point I’m thinking… never again.
Do you have any questions about this cake? Please leave me a comment and if I can answer it, I will!
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