Construction cake with crushed Oreo dirt!

My littlest guy turned two last week and it makes me want to say something completely unoriginal like, “It seems like he was born only yesterday!” or, “How can he be TWO already?!” Every parent of every child has said the same thing since the dawn of time, and there is a reason: it is TRUE! Time does fly, and I really can’t believe he’s two already!
The best part about your baby growing up, though, is celebrating his little life. If you’ve been reading here awhile you already know that I love parties. I LOVE THEM. I’ve been known to go way overboard in the past (ahem, princess tea party, ahem) but sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. Instead of a overblown party with lots of friends and decorations, this year we had a small celebration with family and he loved it.
Like most boys his age, my son likes tractors, diggers, and every other kind of construction vehicle. I’m short on time these days (two other children, blogging, life, etc.) so I came up with this simple, inexpensive Construction Cake for his birthday party. It only added about five extra minutes to my party prep, and since I purchased the construction vehicles as a birthday present, there was no added cost. 
Construction Cake Instructions

Supplies:
  • Round cake
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Oreo cookies
  • Two construction trucks or tractors
  • Toothpicks, construction paper, and a glue stick for the flags.

Bake the cake and allow to cool completely on a metal rack. (I used a 9″ round cake pan with a depth of 2 or 3 inches.) Once the cake has cooled, cut off the top so you have a flat surface and turn the cake over onto your cake plate. The bottom should now be facing up. 

Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 pound of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 2-3 Tbs of milk

To make the buttercream frosting, whip the first four ingredients together and then add milk until the frosting is the right consistency for spreading.
Spread the frosting all over the sides and top of the cake. I like to use this tool from Pampered Chef to do all my spreading. It works like a charm! Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set the frosting. 
Scoop some of the remaining frosting into a bowl and mix in a few drops of green food coloring. Set aside. Place 5 Oreo cookies in a ziplock bag and crush them using a rolling pin. 
Spread the green frosting over 3/4 of the cake’s surface. Over the remaining 1/4 of the cake’s surface, smooth some white frosting. Spoon the crushed Oreos onto the white frosting and press them slightly so they stick to the cake. Keep spooning crushed Oreos onto the cake until you have a good pile of “dirt.” Place the construction vehicles on the green icing and spoon some dirt into their scoops so it looks like a construction zone. My son loved helping with this part! 

To make the flags, I simply cut triangles out of construction paper and used a glue stick to secure them to two colored toothpicks. Then I wrote his age one one flag, and his name on another. Tada! A Construction Cake for a very happy birthday boy: 
Light the candles, sing happy birthday, and watch his face light up. 

I love celebrating with my little sillies. 
Thanks for reading and happy baking/decorating! 

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