Just over a week ago my gorgeous Mr 4, became Mr 5. His only request for his party was that the cake had a monster truck on it. I went trawling through Pinterest to find ideas for food, and how to make the cake. I came up mostly empty handed. I was really disappointed. So I decided to share what I did, in case there is another poor mother out there who just wants an easy Monster Truck Party.
I got all of the decorations from a US website. It did take about 3 weeks for them to arrive though so if you are needing them a little quicker I would probably try to source them from an Australian website.
- Clinker slice – Recipe from Bake Play Smile
- Cheese and Bacon Scrolls (puff pastry, tomato paste, bacon and cheese)
- Cheeseymite Scrolls (puff pastry, vegemite, tasty cheese, parmesan cheese)
- Chocolate cupcakes with monster truck picks (recipe same as birthday cake below)
- Cheese and Bacon Cob Loaf – recipe from Multitasking Mummy
The hardest thing seemed to be finding a simple chocolate cake recipe. I put a call out on my blog page and decided to go with one suggested by Teresa. Used 2 batches to make the size cake that I needed.
Chocolate Cake Recipe:
- 1 cup of self raising flour
- I cup sugar
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essense
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
Mix all ingredients together.
Bake for 30-40 minutes.
Now for the fun part..the construction! After baking 53 cupcakes and a cake, I decided to outsource the added bits of cake to great the race track. The cake didn’t look how I envisioned it at first, but overall I was really happy with it. I got the plain rectangle sponge from Woolies. I also got premade icing because icing is absolutely my kryptonite.
I was going to cut the top of the cake off, to make the surface more flat but I decided not to tempt fate because the cake came out perfectly.
I laid the rectangle sponge on top of the round cake, in the place that I wanted the ramp to start. I then cut out the section of cake from underneath the rectangle sponge. I then pushed the rectangle sponge into the gap left. It was a pretty snug fit so I didn’t worry about using icing to stick it in place.
Starting at the end that was closest to the round cake, I cut through the cake on a 45 degree angle. This helped to create the ramp up onto the round cake, which was going to be main arena.
I also made mini ramps on the round cake. I used chocolate roll sponge to do this. I cut a slice off the roll that was about 10 cm wide. I then turned the piece on its side and sliced through diagonally to give it the ramp shape. I stuck the pieces to the round cake using icing. I then covered the entire creation in icing. The rectangle sponge was a little more fresh than the rest of the cake and so it was harder to ice, but I got there in the end.
To finish it all off I placed monster trucks on the ramps, using icing to stick them in place. I also placed a couple of cars underneath one because a monster truck cake wouldn’t be complete without some car crushing!
The cake was an absolute hit with the kids, and there were lots of exclamations of ‘woah’ when I bought it out. It was a stressful week leading up to the party but to see it all come together and see the kids having so much fun definitely made it all worth it.
Linking up with Jess for IBOT
Awesome job Tegan x
Thanks Jodi x
Too cute!! (I love cakes transformed by toys…)
Using the toys definitely made it easier. I am just glad that Mr 5 didn’t decide that he wanted a Monster Truck shaped cake.
The cake looks wonderful! You have a very gorgeous and lucky boy! Thanks for making my Clinkers Slice – hope you all enjoyed it! It’s still one of my faves! xx
The Clinkers Slice was definitely the most popular food at the party!
Awesome idea for a party!
Great job Mum
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
The idea was all Mr 5’s. We’d gone to a monster truck show a few weeks before too so it definitely set the idea in concrete for him.
How cool is a monster truck party!!! Thats awesome. Love your cake.
Thanks Toni x
Fabulous Tegan!! Happy birthday Mr. 5 xx
Thank you Lisa x
I’m glad to hear it all turned out well. All that matters is that Mr 5 loved it and it looks like he did 🙂
Yep he loved it!
Great cake! And you made it from scratch! I would have just bought a packet mix! 🙂
I had to make about 5 batches of cupcakes as well so it was a lot cheaper to make them all from scratch.
Well done you! I have to do a digger, crane and rubbish truck theme party for my 3yo in Sept, he’s never had a party so I have to pull finger and give him one!
Wow! It sounds like you have your work cut out for you! I’m glad I only have one child to have to worry about with birthday parties.
Ahh he looks mega chuffed. You did a great job. I read somewhere recently that cakes are easier to shape and ice if you cook them the day before. I’ll definitely be trying that for my next creation 🙂
Yep, I make my cakes 1-2 days before the party. I also freeze them because it makes it easier to work with. Just remember to double wrap it though so it doesn’t get freezer burn.
That is awesome Tegan! Well done!
WOW!!! Forget about a five year olds party, I want one for my next one. Brilliant.
haha thanks Mark!
That is one cool monster truck cake – and Master 5 looks pretty happy with it!
He was pretty happy with it all!
Wow that monster truck cake is impressive!
I’m very surprised by the lack of monster cake stuff for kids on the internet, I’ve been looking for little colouring sheets and googled “how to make a monster truck from Duplo” and got nothing!
Great post, your little boy looks so happy with this lovely cake!
Everything seemed to be premade and no one wanted to give up their secrets!
Well done, Tegan! A MONSTER success 🙂 (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)
I’ve always been searching for an easy yet delicious chocolate cake recipe. Will have to steal yours!
The cake was great and so easy to make. Every recipe I looked at seemed to need half a carton of eggs!
Great effort with the cake. I always find the lead up to birthday parties stressful too!!!
It’s was pretty intense! I’m glad that he is at Kindy on Thursday and Friday so I was able to get a lot done..plus for once I was happy that he is a sleep dodger because it meant I didn’t wake him when I used the food processor at midnight!