My sweet little guy turned four this week, and requested a construction cake. How could I say no?
I baked two tiers of two layers each (lemon and chocolate), with lemon frosting between layers and chocolate frosting outside. I’d hoped to cut and rearrange the layers to make a checkerboard pattern or construction stripes, but my gluten-free lemon cake came out a bit too crumbly for that.
But I did incorporate a couple of brand new techniques, however, such as
building the tiers separately (the top is on a double thickness of cardboard covered in waxed paper) and using straws inserted in the bottom tier to support the weight, and
assembling the cake at the party location, because it was too tall to fit in any cake container that I own. This was me, fifteen minutes before the party was supposed to begin, nervously cutting the ramp into the top tier.
But somehow it all worked. The nice thing about a construction-themed cake is that it’s intended to look a little messy.
I even took that little truck and dug a piece out of the side on purpose, to Henry’s shock and delight.
Happy birthday, Henry!