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 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.
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.
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