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Dump Truck Cake

 Dump Truck Cake
GEARING UP to host a construction-themed birthday? This mouthwatering hauler will get your party on a roll! Our home economists made the treat speedy by using a packaged cake mix and spreading on east-to-mix frosting. What' more, they formed the truck's shape with basic loaf pans instead of a special mold. You can pave the way for your own big rig, too...just follow the simple instructions featur
8-10 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 25 min. + cooling


  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 5 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter, softened
  • 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Yellow and blue liquid food coloring
  • 3 Ho-Ho snack cakes
  • 6 chocolate-covered miniature doughnuts
  • Shoestring black licorice
  • 2 large white gumdrops
  • 2 red M&M's
  • 1 milk chocolate candy bar (1.55 ounces)


  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour into two
  • greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Using a serrated knife, level the top of each cake. Crumble removed
  • tops; set cakes and crumbs aside.
  • In a small bowl, cream shortening, butter and confectioners' sugar

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Dump Truck Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk and vanilla until smooth.
  • Place 1 cup frosting in a small bowl; tint yellow. Place 3/4 cup
  • frosting in another bowl; tint blue. Place 1/4 cup frosting in a
  • third bowl; leave plain. Frost the top of one cake yellow; top with
  • the remaining cake to from truck body.
  • For truck cab, measure 2 in. from one end. Cut 1-3/4 in. straight
  • down; cut at an angle 1-1/2 in. deep and 1 in. toward the front of
  • the truck. Remove cake wedge and save for another use.
  • For dump truck bed, leave 1-1/2 in. of cake for cab roof, then cut
  • 1/2 in. deep at an angle. Make a horizontal cut to the back of the
  • truck. Remove cake wedge and save for another use.
  • For wheel axles, place two snack cakes side by side and 1/2 in. apart
  • near one corner of an 11-in. x 10-in. covered board. Place the
  • remaining snack cake parallel to and 2 in. from the inside snack
  • cake. Carefully arrange truck body over snack cakes. Frost the hood,
  • doors and bottom third of the truck with yellow frosting. For
  • wheels, attach doughnuts with plain frosting on each side of truck.
  • Spread some of the white frosting on the slanted windshield. Place
  • the remaining white frosting in a pastry or plastic bag; cut a small
  • hole in a corner. Pipe the windows on the doors. Frost the rest of
  • the dump truck blue.
  • Cut thirteen 3/4-in. strips of licorice. Arrange eight strips on the
  • front of the truck for the grille; set the remaining strips aside.
  • For headlights, cut gumdrops in half. Place rounded half of each on
  • outside of grille; discard the remaining cut gumdrops.
  • Cut two 3-1/2-in. strips, two 1-in. strips, six 1-3/4-in. strips, two
  • 1-1/4-in. strips and four 2-in. strips of licorice. Using the
  • 3-1/2-in. and 1-in. strips, form the windshield. Place two 3/4-in.
  • strips on windshield for wipers. For doors, position two 1-1/4-in.
  • strips for the door tops; place the 2-in. strips for the door sides.
  • Decorate sides and back of truck with remaining licorice.
  • Place M&M's on back of bed for rear lights. For back bumper, break
  • candy bar into individual sections at perforations. Cut one piece in
  • half widthwise. Place some of the chocolate, flat side out, on the
  • truck back (save remaining chocolate for another use). Spoon
  • reserved crumbled cake into truck bed for dirt. Yield: 8-10
  • servings.