I made this truck cake for little Chi Yuan who was turning 2. The theme for his birthday party was transportation hence the mother requested for a cake that centered around that theme.
Truck Cake Decorating Idea
I made one 3D truck for the cake which I used as the cake topper. The rest were 2D road heavy vehicles on the sides of the cake which I cut out using paper templates. And I also added a 3D red cone and traffic lights on the cake.
This was a fun cake to make and I particularly liked the 2d vehicles I made for the cake sides.
Here is how I decorated this truck cake:
These were the main supplies I used for the truck cake:
Buttercream – this was used to fill the cake, as well as to crumb coat it.
– I used Satin Ice fondant
to cover the entire cake as well as for all the deco on the cake.
- Gumpaste was used very little on the cake, and that was for the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ wordings and the birthday boy’s name.
– I used this for all the thin round strips of fondant deco on the cake (the white lines on the birthday boy’s name plaque, the white border for the number “2” topper, the black border for the 2 yellow squares at the back of the cake and the cake borders for both the top and bottom cake tiers).
– I used wire to form the number “2” topper on the cake.
– these were used to hold the wire for the number topper. I used these sticks to avoid direct contact of the wire and the cake. I also used one lollipop stick as the 3D traffic light pole.
– I added CMC to the fondant I used to make the lorry topper as well as the red cone and the traffic lights.
Fine tipped brush
(food grade) – this brush was a real help to create the tiny white polka dots on the 2d vehicles on the sides of the cake.
Round cutters – I used round cutters in quite a number of sizes, and mostly for the wheels on the vehicles. I used two types of cutters, one which is a from my set of large circle cutters
, and the others from my round plunger cutters
Templates for 2D vehicles – I got the templates from the internet and modified them to suit my cake.
– I used this knife quite a lot in this project, particularly when cutting out the 2d vehicles.
FMM alphabet cutters- I used these cutters for the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" message and the birthday boy's name on the cake
Fondant glue and shortening – I used fondant glue when making the 3d truck, and for the rest of the smaller deco, I used shortening to stick them to the cake.
And this was how I put this truck cake together.
I started with the 3D toppers a few days in advance. I used fondant that has been added CMC for the truck, the red cone and the traffic light. To make the truck, I started with a thick rectangle base on which I added the front part of the lorry. I then formed the wheels separately and let them rest overnight so that they harden. The black top portion of the lorry was also separately made with black fondant and left to dry and harden. And I only assembled the lorry when all the components were dry and hard. That way, the lorry could hold shape once its fully assembled. I used fondant glue to attach all the parts together.
I also made the number topper in advance. For this, I drew a number ‘2’ template on a paper and shaped my floral wire to follow the template. And then I rolled light blue fondant and cut out 2 pieces of number two with the guide of my paper template. Once done, I glued both the number two cut outs with the shaped wire in between them. And in shaping the floral wire, I made sure the wire ended at the base on the number 2 so that I could use it to poke the topper into cake. Once the fondant has set, I piped out a thin roll of white fondant with my extruder tool and attached it all around the sides of the number two with fondant glue. And then I left it aside to set completely.
The other 3D deco on the cake were the red cone and the traffic lights, and these, I shaped and cut by hand without any templates. The 3 colors of the traffic lights were cut using my round plunger cutter.
As for the cake, one baked and cooled, I leveled, filled and crumb coated it with buttercream. And then I covered both tiers with fondant.
For the side cake déco, I used my sugar craft knife to cut out the parts of the vehicles separately and then attached them to the cake with shortening. For the white polka dots, I used my fine tipped brush, dipped it into my white food coloring (I used Americolor White) and mark the tiny white dots on the vehicles.
The wordings on the cake were cut using FMM alphabet cutters. These were also attached to the cake with shortening.
Once the sides were all done, I did the cake board up. I used black fondant and placed long white strips in equal intervals like a road. And then I attached the cake borders.
The final step was to attached the truck (I used fondant glue to hold it in place), the red cone, the traffic light and the number ‘2’ topper. In inserting the number topper, I first inserted the wire into a lollipop stick and then poked it into cake. That way, I can avoid direct contact of the wire to cake.
Truck Cake Decorating Idea
Truck Cake Decorating Idea
And that was how I decorated this transportation cake.
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