Dump Truck Cake

by Cheryl Moss
(Arlington, TX)

A special 1st birthday cake

A special 1st birthday cake

A special 1st birthday cake

This Dump Truck Cake was my very first cake and I wanted it to be special for my nephew who was turning one!

Every item on this cake is 100% edible. It took a day and a half to make.

Cake and frosting are from scratch. The base is a 1/4 sheet marble cake with buttercream frosting. The truck was made out of the same marble cake baked in a loaf pan and then carved into the shape of the truck and coated in buttercream.

The tires are chocolate mini donuts and the bed of the truck is made from Hershey chocolate bars coated in icing and "glued" together with chocolate. The bed was raised by using the cocoa cereal straws you can buy at the grocery store which were dipped in chocolate.

The "dirt" is chocolate buttercream icing sprinkled with crushed Oreo cookies to make it look like real dirt. I used almond bark to sculpt a license plate with his name on it to personalize further.

I also made a mini smash cake identical to the large cake just for my nephew. He loved this cake and so did all of the guests.

From the editor:

Hi Cheryl,

I'm not surprised that everyone loved this Dump Truck Cake. It's amazing. Who would believe it's your first cake ever?

Great job. Thanks so much for sharing your tricks with us.


Michelle (editor)

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Sep 02, 2013
You are a star in my book NEW
by: Anonymous

Your amazing you are the first person I've found that actually put directions on how to make it thanks a ton
Moralez family

Jun 05, 2012
quetions NEW
by: Heidi

This cake looks amazing. I'm going to attempt it for my sons first birthday. I have a few questions though, in one of your comments you mentioned graham crackers but in the original post you didn't say you used any. Where did you use the graham crackers? My other questions was do you know what size loaf pan you used? Thanks for your help.

Apr 13, 2012
Thanks NEW
by: Anonymous

Great, thanks for the reply, will let you know how I get on - Iam making it tommorrow.......

Apr 13, 2012
Answer for Nicola NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Nicola,

I used Hershey chocolate bars mixed with almond bark to get the graham crackers to stick together. It would have probably been easier to use a royal icing recipe, but I don't like the taste of royal icing. I forgot to mention that I also froze the crackers once I assembled them to help them stick together.

You will do great! Let us know how your cake turns out.


Mar 19, 2012
Help! NEW
by: nicola

Hi Cheryl,

This is a great cake and I am going to try and make it for my son's birthday in a couple of weeks if you don't mind!? My question is, how did you get the bed to stick together? I tried a mini version of this once before using biscuits and had a real job to get them to stick! Are Hershey bars really light? We don't have them in the uk as far as I know.



Aug 14, 2010
Great job!
by: Lucie Bérubé

Cheryl!! I love both trucks. I agree with Michelle that it's unbelievable you are only starting. Great job, oh - I will steal your idea of using the sipper straws!! I never thought of those! Very clever.

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