The theme was centered around this cute dump truck that was a baby shower gift and became a focal piece for pictures during his first year. Click here to see a fun picture.
I baked a chocolate cake (always best for those oh-so-messy-face photos) in two mini loaf pans. The extra batter went into a regular loaf pan - couldn't stand to waste perfectly good cake batter! I carved the shape I wanted, stacked it on top of 1/2 of the other small cake, and then cut graham crackers to form the sides. As you can see, one of the graham crackers broke in two mid-cut, but a little buttercream worked wonders to glue everything together!
That picture makes it look kind of like it's sitting on a reflective surface, but it's actually two little cakes stacked on top of each other.
On to the icing. I panicked when I realized that I hadn't bought Oreo cookies to use for the wheels (and in typical Camille-fashion, I was putting this cake together at midnight...no stores open) but I improvised by cutting out circles from the cake scraps.
...and black frosting on the bottom. TA DA!
For the large cake, I asked them to order a plain frosted one from Costco and I just piped on the truck design.
That little truck didn't stand a chance.
He needed a little coaching, since he hadn't ever tasted black frosting before (or any frosting, for that matter).
Wanna try some?
A much-enjoyed cake equals...
...a happy birthday boy!