You will need:Flat serving platter - mine measured 33 cm x 33 cm (13 inch x 13 inch)
2 x 20cm square cakes
Yellow Icing - I made a double quantity of Butter Icing from Edmonds cookbook, but had a lot left over
White Icing - only need a little, I set aside about 1/4 cup of the butter icing before colouring it
Disposable wooden chopsticks (optional)
2 x Crunchie bars (or other lightweight chocolate bar - or see Notes at the bottom of this tutorial for other suggestions)
Brownie for rubble
Cake cutting guide:The instructions below refer to this cake cutting guide:
What to do:1. Paint disposable chopsticks black, set aside to dry. These will be the hydraulic struts for the boom arm.
2. Cut wheels/tracks piece from cake 1, place it in position on your serving platter.
3. Cut Motor piece from cake 2, place it on top of wheels/tracks piece.
4. Cut Cab piece from cake 2, place on top of motor piece.
5. Cut Bucket piece from cake 2, cut out centre so it forms a bucket (as per photo below), check the crunchie bar fits in and remove one wall of the bucket.
6. Cut one end of one crunchie bar into spear shape, cut into side of motor piece at front of digger to create a hole for the spear end of crunchie bar to slot into.
7. I used a piece of crunchie bar to balance the bucket on so it is titled. Check length of crunchie bars, you may need to cut the end of one of them so that they are an appropriate length. Hammer toothpick through end of one crunchie bar into the other so that they are joined at the end at right angles - the toothpick acts as a nail. The bar that is joined to the bucket has to sit on top of the crunchie bar with the spear end, which is balancing in the hole you created in the motor piece in step 6 above. When it came to icing these, I iced them on 3 sides and then put them into position and iced the remaining side.
8. Ice bucket and cake - I iced the cab white first, then the rest of the digger in yellow. Ice boom arm.
9. Cut licorice straps to size and add to cake as the tracks, the cab window panes and exhaust.
10. Arrange crumbled brownie around bucket to look like rubble.
11. Cut chopsticks to appropriate length and attach on under side of boom. Mine just sat there, they don't provide any support and are decorative only.
- When I coloured the icing, I added a drop of red colouring for each 5 or so drops of yellow colouring.
- I had a couple of spare crunchie bars handy - they're pretty delicate when it comes to nailing toothpicks in.
- Instead of crunchie bars, I considered using marshmallows threaded onto kebab sticks and covered in icing for the boom arms (see photo below as example). My husband thought the shape provided by the Crunchie bars was more authentic.
I'd love to know if anyone makes one!
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