Over the years I may have made a bit of a rod for my own back by making fancy cakes for the kids birthdays. Truth be told, I love creating them, but some years I'm just not up for the rigmarole. This year was one of those years!
Over the last few years I had made Toby a dump truck and a front end loader cake. This year he had put in an order for a "bommy knocker" (wrecking ball crane) cake, but I was a bit perplexed about how I would even put it together. Fortunately I managed to convince him that a demolition site would be even more exciting. Toby bought my sales pitch, and so the plan was changed.
To make the cake I just used a regular chocolate cake recipe, and then cooked it in two round cake tins. I stacked the cakes, and iced them with chocolate buttercream frosting.
To get the falling rocks I piled up some chocolate covered popcorn, chopped up raspberry bullets, and chocolate honeycomb over the side. I used some more icing to help it all stick together and then sprinkled milo all over the top to look like dirt. If you are going to make it in advance, don't sprinkle the milo or chop the honeycomb until just before you serve it. They both start to melt fairly quickly.
Once you have the lollies place, add your matchbox diggers, and cranes. I made the flags and bunting using some washi tape, toothpicks, and string.
The cake took maybe 30 minutes to ice and decorate (told you it was quick).
Toby was thrilled with the result, and so was I.