Well, this time of year always has us planning for our son's birthday. For the last couple of years we have done the same theme...Nerf War.
It is always a hit with all ages of boys from the little ones all the way up to the adults. I guess it's because boys don't get many opportunities to have all out Nerf wars with a big group of their buddies.
Most years I try to make a special birthday cake that goes with the theme of the party. This tank was my favorite cake to make. It was a (ahem) piece of cake to create. I used a couple of cake mixes and baked them in a 13x9 pan, a loaf pan, and made up some extra cupcakes.
I started with something sturdy to hold the cake on the bottom. Then I frosted the 13x9 cake with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting. I placed the cake from the loaf pan slightly off center onto the large cake and frosted it with the same chocolate frosting. The wheels were made with Oreos with the middles removed, the tread was cut up black licorice, the turret opening was another Oreo, and the cannon was a Pirouette cookie covered in frosting. I used a green and black tinted sprays for cakes to create the camouflage look. I then added a little writing in orange frosting, some chocolate frosting around the outside of the cake, and crushed up graham crackers to resemble sand or dirt. The boys loved it.