I baked three 9 x 13 cakes to use as my “canvas”.
There’s no easy way to explain how to assemble this cake. Honestly, you have to play around with the pieces before adding the buttercream icing which you’ll use to cement it together. I studied my son’s Skid Steer Loader toy as my model.
Once you’ve assembled it it’s time to add the buttercream to hold it together.
Add the buttercream all over the cake. It helps me to have a glass of cold water to dip my offset spatula in when I feel like the icing is sticking to my spatula. Note: don’t use warm water. It will heat up the butter in the icing and break apart.
In order to make the bucket of the skid steer loader I cut out these pieces of fondant the night before…the reason you need to cut them out the night before is to allow them time to harden. I cut out templates of cardboard and then traced them over sheets of rolled fondant.
I added the yellow fondant before the black—–it allowed to cover any mistakes I made with the yellow. To create texture on the track of the skid steer loader I used the track of one of my son’s toys….brilliant, I know.
Here she is…a Skid Steer Loader birthday cake. Not bad for a novice, right?
I’ll be honest…this cake took a really long time to make but it was worth it because my son LOVED it! His little eyes lit up when he saw it and that made it all worthwhile.