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DIY Bulldozer Birthday Cake!

I had a lot of fun making this cake for Xander's 3rd birthday. No, it's far from perfect, but he loved it! So here are the steps I took for making his birthday cake.

You will need the following:


* 2 cake mixes of your choice

* icing (recipe below)

* 1 bag of mini kitkats

* (optional) twix bar (you can use kitkat instead)

Cake base (optional)

* 2 cake mixes of your choice

* large cookie sheet

* bunch crunch candy

* chocolate drops (optional)

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* 1 cup shortening

* 1 cup unsalted butter

* 2 lbs powedered sugar (or about 8 cups)

* 1/2 tsp alt

* 2 tsp vanilla extract

* 6 oz. heavy whipping cream


  1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening  and butter until fluffy. Add sugar, one cup at a time, mixing a bit between each addition. When adding sugar, you will want to start the mixer slowly so it doesn’t explode everywhere. Continue creaming until well blended.

  2. Add salt, vanilla, and 6 ounces whipping cream. Blend on low speed until moistened. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy, 1-2 minutes.


For the dozer, follow the directions for the cake mixes, and split the two recipes between the two 8x8 pans and the two loaf pans.

I used parchment paper in the pans to better get the cake out once baked.

I also made a cake base to set the dozer onto. For a larger cookie sheet, you'll need two cake mixes.

Once the cakes have cooled, take out the two loaf pan cakes, and cut off the tops enough to make them flat.

Stack them on top of each other. This makes the main part of the dozer.

The following diagrams show how to cut the 8x8 pans.

I trimmed the cab pieces, and added them to the dozer.

After cutting out the treads, I gave them a crumb coat and stuck them in the freezer.

Also crumb coated the dozer.

I put green icing over my base cake, let it firm up in the freezer, and then started digging into it to resemble digging in mud.

After crumb coat was firm, I finished icing the dozer, and set it onto the base cake.

The rest is pretty self explanatory. Finished icing and decorating the treads and surrounded them with kit kats. I had to stick the kit kats a little into the body of the dozer.

I added windows and details to the body with the Hershey Bar for the blade in the front.

I had saved some chocolate cake crumbs from earlier, and sprinkled that along with the Crunch Chocolate and Hershey Drops for rocks.

(Note the twix and kitkats used as stacks and lights.)

I finished off the edge of the cake with icing grass, added three candles for a smoke stack, and called it good.

I hope you enjoyed this. Best of wishes with your cake!

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