A 3-D pickup truck cake, the perfect cake for any truck lover, will not s difficult to create as you may initially think. Shape the cake by combining two loaf cakes and making one simple cut. Take your time applying the frosting and decorations to put the finishing touches on the truck, and keep in mind that you can easily scrape away and reapply any frosting mistakes.
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Purchase the two loaf cakes already made from a bakery or grocery store to save time, or make your own using boxed cake mix. Mix two boxes of cake mix separately, and pour each mix into a well-greased loaf pan. Use either two pans measuring 8 by 4 inches 9 by 5 inches; just make sure you use two pans of the same size. If you don't have loaf pans, usually purchase inexpensive foil pans from a grocery store. Bake the cakes according to the directions on the cake mix bo; loaf cakes usually take approximately 45 minutes to bake. Insert a knife into the center of the loaf to test for doneness; it will come out clean when the cake has fully baked. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for about 10 to 15 minutes. Run a knife between the cake and the sides of the loaf pan, then place a wire rack or a serving platter over the top of the loaf pan. Turn the pan upside down; the cake should slide right out of the pan onto the rack.
Allow both of your loaf cakes to cool completely before you begin to cut them into the shape of the pickup truck. If you attempt to cut a warm cake, it may crumble apart and destroy your design. Cut one of the cool cakes in half vertically. Place the whole loaf onto your cake board or serving platter upside down so that the rounded top of the loaf cake faces the bottom. This will give your truck cake the illusion of being slightly raised and create a more realistic-looking pickup truck. Place half of the other loaf upside down directly behind the first loaf. This will create a long, narrow cake. Place the other half of the second loaf on top of the long cake to create the cab of the truck. Place this half off center to create a truck shape with a long bed and a hood area. Move the cab of the truck around until you're satisfied with the placement.
Take note of where you placed the truck cab, and remove it from the cake. Spread a layer of frosting between the whole loaf cake and the half loaf that form the bottom of the cake, and stick them together. Frost the entire top and sides of the long cake with any flavor of frosting you like. Place the half loaf representing the cab of the truck back on the cake, and continue to frost the entire cake. Now you can decorate the cake using additional frosting or candies. Chocolate-covered mini doughnuts, chocolate sandwich cookies or round chocolate-covered snack cakes all make great truck wheels. Simply press them into the sides of the frosted cake so they rest on the cake board. Pipe squares of white frosting onto the cab to create windows, or roll out pieces of white taffy and cut them into shapes for the window. Use candy bars or rolled wafer cookies piled onto the truck's bed to represent lumber hauled in your pickup truck cake.