Truck Cake

This cake was for a 5-year-old’s birthday party.  I decided to have it look like it was sitting on the wheels with space beneath the body of the truck.  To do this, I used foam board and cut out the shape of the truck and set the cake on the foam board.  Then, beneath this board I placed four or five layers of foam board.  These layers were cut in a rectangle smaller than the cake base.  I taped them together and wrapped them in black construction paper.

I made two 12×18 cake layers and cut and staked them enough to make 3 layers of cake for the truck.  It looked like this before I did the detail carving:

Truck before carving

Truck before carving

I forgot to take a picture of it after carving but before I covered it in fondant.  Sorry about that.  After carving, I cut the truck bed away from the rest of the chassis to make it easier to cover.  Then I covered the front part in a thin layer of black fondant followed by the final layer of blue fondant.  This way, I was able to cut out the windows from the blue fondant and the black shows through.

The wheels are made out of Cocoa Krispy treats cut round.  The wheel hubs are just gum paste painted silver with food grade edible silver paint.  Their original size was too big after wrapping in fondant, so we had to cut them down in both diameter and depth.  That was done by hand because I forgot that I happened to have smaller biscuit cutters we could have used.  I had help with the wheels.  The birthday boy’s 12-year-old brother helped out.  He did the wheels and helped with some of the fondant work.

On the tailgate, I put his name in fondant lettering.  I was inspired by the old Ford pickup trucks that have the letters F-O-R-D on the tailgate in white.  And I made a little license plate and gave the license plate number 5.

The smoke stacks are just gum paste painted silver.  Here’s a shot of the final cake with candles ready to be lit:

Complete truck with candles

Complete truck with candles

Here’s a shot of the birthday boy with the cake ready to blow out the candles.  You’ll have to forgive the poor photography.  His eyes don’t usually glow like that.

And here is a shot of the truck cake after being half cut and served.  You can see the truck base.  I wrapped the foam board base in cake foil because I don’t know how food friendly foam board is.

Here is a spin-around view of the truck.  I’m not super happy with the spin around view because it doesn’t have the last bit of detail work and you can really see the imperfections.  View at your own risk!

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11 Comments so far

  1. Andy G. on April 2nd, 2009

    I like how the license plate is all Pennsylvania style. Tasty AND geographically accurate!

  2. Bernadette on April 2nd, 2009

    SO GREAT!! I made a forensic van cake for the local police station and did a black space below as well, but it was just cake and I cut wheels with fondant. I think its the details that make it fun, like license plates and windshield wipers… Thats the stuff that makes people stare :)

    As an after-thought, I bet my dad would love this truck!

    Where do you get the edible silver paint. I cant find it anywhere in Canada. I started to think it didnt exist…

  3. Tracy on April 9th, 2009

    Bernadette, there is a cake supply store in York, PA that I visit on occasion and they happen to have edible silver paint.

  4. brecca on September 30th, 2010

    How did you cut the cake to have the 3rd level?

  5. Tracy on October 1st, 2010

    Brecca, I just had a lot of left-over cake. I made two 12×18 cakes to make this one truck.

  6. Barbara Caulder on February 18th, 2011

    I have been asked to make truck and I will use some of your ideas. You did a great job

  7. Barbara Caulder on February 25th, 2011

    Great job. I have to make a truck cake for a luncheon and needed all the ideas I could get. thanks!!!

  8. Ruth Warren on March 31st, 2011

    Thanks so much! This is soooo helpful! I am making a Ford truck this weekend for my grandson’s 16th Birthday and wasn’t quite sure how to do the wheels and underpinning.

    Several weeks ago I made a Thomas the Tank Engine for another grandson’s 2nd Birthday.
    That was a huge job and I had to use a lot of cake and rice krispy treats but everyone loved it!

  9. jeanette williams on December 20th, 2011

    Thanks so much for publishing the steps to making a truck cake. I will use your information for a birthday cake for a 70 yr old man.
    Thanks again. Fellow baker

  10. louise bali on February 21st, 2015

    hi I have been asked to make a el- camino-1981 do you know how?

  11. Tracy on February 23rd, 2015

    The El Camino is a relatively flat car. So a simple one would be a single layer with a second layer in the middle, just for the passenger compartment. Just pretend there’s a tonneu cover over the back, like I did for the pickup truck.

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