Thrifty Tip: Make Your Child’s Construction Site Birthday Cake

Posted on March 5th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

We just had another birthday around here. Last time we made a little lavender-colored cake in order to feature our very little Sofia the First doll. This time the cake would be a lot more rugged than Sofia. Since my now-three-year old loves all things related to construction, I decided that we’d make him a construction site birthday cake.

The best part about it was that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting any particular color just right. Chocolate is the color of dirt! Yay!

So, here’s what I did.

1. Make a two layer cake with your favorite chocolate cake recipe. I had a difficult time with one layer (on the right), but it was okay because of the kind of cake I was making.

2. Begin icing the middle layer as you normally would. Use your favorite icing. I used a simple recipe of coconut oil, raw cacao, vanilla extract and maple syrup. It was healthy and yummy! :)

3. Add the second layer. However, instead of icing it as you would, cut out a piece to create your mound of “dirt.” You’ll notice that I ended up cutting it in more than one piece. That was not the plan but, thanks to the wonders of icing, it didn’t matter.

4. Ice your site…I mean, cake.

5. Then, crush a bunch of Oreo’s or Oreo-like cookies for your dirt and rocks.

6. Now, put the finishing touches on your site. I sprinkled the cookie crumbs onto the hill and the hole. Then, I added a couple of his little bulldozers and cones.

It was an absolute hit…with the whole family! My daughter wanted to lick the icing and my son wanted to play with the cake!

How do you make birthdays for your children special?


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