The firstborn had his birthday party today. Coleman planned the guest list, menu and games. I usually make a cake- so far I've made a #1, #2, a car, a racetrack #4, and a baseball cake turned army men hills.
So this year I was prepared to buy a cake and stick some army men on it. But then Coleman and I started looking at cake ideas online and I remembered I already had the chocolate cake mix.
Sigh. I have not had the best luck with cakes. The #1 cake kept crumbling in the icing because I didn't know to freeze it first (thanks Carrie for the tip!) and then it got smooshed in the car on the ride over to the park. The baseball cake had two halves that couldn't be stuck together because my icing had turned to liquid goo (in the Philippines, frosting in the tub is hard to come by and I was having a hard time getting the homemade to stay thick).
However, I figured even if it came out ugly, we could cover it completely with army men and noone would know. Luckily, this was one of my best cakes yet!
Step 1: Get a trusty helper. Have him smoosh chocolate graham crackers in bag for "dirt". You can see the frozen cakes next to him. I did two rounds and a small loaf pan with one whole box of cake mix.
Step 2: Get white frosting and color with Wilson colors, like these. It's the only way to get true colors to come through. I've done too many attempts getting a real green with food coloring.
Step 3: Arrange cake pieces to resemble mountain. I froze these but they weren't rock hard.
Step 4: Frost whole thing in main color. This is an actual darker brown but my kitchen lighting is terrible. Here it looks like peanut butter!
Step 5: I added the green plants (with the help of a decorator cake tip), grass and lake after that.
Step 6: My trusty helper washed and put on all the army dudes and tanks. Then he sprinkled the "dirt" on.
Step 7: I found some chocolate rocks at the party store, so we added those.
Step 8: Eat and enjoy! It was fun to make and eat.