“Tanks” for the memories!
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On Saturday, I had the honor of delivering my first birthday cake. I had waited in anticipation since before Christmas to make this cake. The lucky little boy was Thomas. I work with his mama and I asked her if she would allow me to make his birthday cake. She agreed and I was very excited. It was his 6th birthday and his only request was that the cake would have a tank.
I began searching the internet for “Tank Cakes”. There were so many and some were very awesome. My first idea was to make a tank from cake, but I realized quickly that I might be getting a little too ahead of myself. I found a cake that someone had made for their grandson. It was a round layer cake and they made a tank for the top of the cake. It was simple and perfect! This was probably more realistic to my abilities at the present. Once I had my vision drawn out on paper I was ready. Mama wanted a chocolate cake and I decided on a caramel frosting because Thomas loves chocolate and caramel.
I had so much fun making this cake despite the poor planning on my part. I thought I could do it all in one day, a few hours, no sweat. Boy was I wrong. I started the cake around 6 P.M. Friday night. I finally went to bed after 4 A. M. on Saturday morning. Lesson learned. I should have made all the frosting one night. Prep the fondant and bake the cakes the next night and use the night before to assemble. It was a long night and I sure was tired on Saturday, but I had a blast!
I love being creative and cake decorating satisfies that need. I would love to specialize in children’s cake and possibly for baby showers. Wedding cakes would be too stressful for me. I don’t think I could deal with Bride
zillas. Children’s cakes are, in my opinion, just more fun.
The chocolate cake wasn’t a special recipe, but I do want to share the caramel frosting recipe. I am not a big fan of caramel. I really have to be in the mood to want it, which isn’t very often. This frosting is fabulous! It has more of a maple flavor than caramel, but trust me, it is delish. I found this recipe on Allrecipes.com. Follow the instructions exactly as written. I did take the advice of someone who commented on the recipe to add 2 to 3 TBS of powdered sugar when beating the frosting after it has cooled. This gave it a nice consistency and spread well on the cake. It also was the perfect color to go with the theme because it looked like sand or the desert.
If you’re looking for something different, this would be the recipe to try. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!
- 1 pound light brown sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
- In a medium, heavy saucepan, bring the sugar and cream to a rolling boil. Boil one minute. Add soda, and boil one more minute. Remove from heat. Add butter, but do not stir yet. Let the mixture cool.
- Beat well. Stir in pecans if desired.