Okay, so I rarely get a tutorial post up this quickly, but since I had some extra time and this won’t need to be a long post (famous last words), I thought I’d go ahead and get this How to Carve a 3D Dump Truck Cake Tutorial now!
I don’t have pics of all the details (sorry), but I can give you a general idea of how to get this shape. See all the pictures and other goodies from the Construction Pals Party here.
And as for the background – well, I’m just keeping it real. My kitchen was a total disaster during this carving. Remember, I was doing a huge amount of cakes that weekend! I barely had counter space to do the work… I’m just sayin’.
I know it’s crazy that I don’t remember this, but I started with a 9″x13″ sheet cake or maybe it was cake baked in this Alphabet pan. Any rectangle cake pan would work – you may just end up with slightly different proportions.
Anyway, It was my typical vanilla cake recipe. I then cut it into thirds… like this:
Once it was cut up into the 3 rectangles, I cut about 3″ off of one of the pieces… on the short side, then I stacked it up, with only a thin layer of vanilla buttercream in between each layer, just to help it stick!
This is what it looked like now, with the short piece on top:
After that, I cut out a little notch in the top layer, where the windshield would go. You can see that in this side shot:
And I also cut a notch to make the bumper stand out on the bottom… and I carved some of the top so it would be slanted (lower at the back of the truck than at the front… it’s easier to see in the frosted picture).
Then I froze it for awhile, so the cake wouldn’t tear (no pic of that)… and when it was good and solid, I covered it in buttercream:
See how it’s lower in the back? Then I froze it again for a little while… and covered it in yellow homemade marshmallow fondant:
And that’s that – my last photo. I know, I totally suck for not finishing the pics, but honestly it was about 2am when I got to this point and I just wanted to finish and sleep… so I forgot to pick my camera up again.
But I can tell you… I cut a long strip of black vanilla fondant and wrapped it all the way around the bottom. to create the illusion of “under” the truck.
Then I cut out the bumper and grill and the windshield and glued those on with sugar glue.
To finish it all, I used my extruder to make tiny yellow/orange and blue strings of fondant for all the trip work. You can see how much I love my extruder here. And the other details were cut with an Xacto blade and glued on.
For the tires, I rolled out some rice cereal treats about an inch thick, cut 4 circles out with a cookie cutter, then covered them all in black vanilla fondant, for the tires. You could also use donuts like I did for the tractor cake here.
I used gray fondant, mixed with Tylose, to make the mirrors, and I put toothpicks in the brackets so they’d stand off the truck and look real(ish).
I smeared the top of it with chocolate buttercream and then used Oreo crumbs for the dirt.
And that’s it – I think.
I truly hate it that I didn’t finish out the photos. I was so very tired.
But if you’re reading this and something doesn’t make sense – leave me a comment and I’ll try to clear it up! I love to hear from readers 🙂