My aunt asked me to make a military themed birthday cake for my cousin. It turns out he likes tanks- so I got a tank in my brain and started carving away at the cake. I was super excited to make this cake because it is my first real carved cake! So here it is- let me know your thoughts!
I used my typical WASC cake recipe using yellow boxed cake this time, then added a little marble-twist. I saved about 4 Cups of the yellow cake batter and added about 3/4-1 C of cocoa powder. Mix the batter and cocoa really well, then drop on the cake in rows. Once the chocolate batter is striping the yellow batter, I took a silicone spatula and ran it through to get a marbling effect through the whole depth of the cake. (This is the pre-cooked marble cake).
Once all layers were baked, I leveled each cake, then I froze them overnight (makes it easier to carve!). The Tank was composed of 2x 2-layer cakes.
The filling was a Vanilla Cream Cheese Mousse (without the vanilla beans) that was colored Army-man green.
The icing was an Vanilla Almond Buttercream (I used this recipe, but used half-almond, half-vanilla extract. I used the paper towel method to smooth the icing on the tiers.