Monster Truck Party

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.

monster truck partyI 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.

Party Food:

  • 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)
  • Cheezels
  • 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.

monster truck chocolate cakeI 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.

monster truck cake piecesI 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.

monster truck cake rampStarting 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.

monster truck cake chocolate rampI 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.

monster truck cake finishedTo 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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32 thoughts on “Monster Truck Party

    1. Tegan Post author

      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.

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    1. Tegan Post author

      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.

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  1. Angela

    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 🙂

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    1. Tegan Post author

      I had to make about 5 batches of cupcakes as well so it was a lot cheaper to make them all from scratch.

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    1. Tegan Post author

      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.

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  2. Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    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 🙂

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    1. Tegan Post author

      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.

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  3. Bron @ Preschool Mummy

    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!

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  4. Grace

    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!

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    1. Tegan Post author

      The cake was great and so easy to make. Every recipe I looked at seemed to need half a carton of eggs!

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    1. Tegan Post author

      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!

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