Next, I took a picture of his little truck, scanned it into my computer, printed it and cut it out to get a template to use. I can’t just carve something on my own…I need a template or something to copy…just like my baseball hat cake. I placed the picture up against the rice krispy treats and began carving until the shape was right.
Now, at this point, looking back, I missed a step! – Lessons learned #1: Put a board under the cereal treats before carving. The problem I had was after I had carved it, and glued it to the board, it was taller and a little out of scale because of the increased height from the board. So, do that first…then carve!
Then, I used the same truck picture and cut out the fender sides of the truck to use as a template for the modeling chocolate. I cut those out and attached them after I crumb coated the truck with melted chocolate.
So, I’ll explain what I did next…and the lessons learned! :)After I crumb coated the caved truck with melted chocolate, I covered it in red modeling chocolate and smoothed all the details with my fingers to bring out the fenders and create dimension in the bed part of the truck. However, before I covered the truck in modeling chocolate, I SHOULD have covered the bottom and wheel wells with black fondant. I ended up doing that after I did the red because I had forgot that you’ll see the bottom because the truck sits so high above the tires! If you look at the pic above, you can see the black fondant because it lays on top of the red…If I would have done it first, then I could have cut the red modeling chocolate around the base of the truck and you wouldn’t see the black base. So, BEFORE covering the cake in the modeling chocolate, turn it over and cover the bottom and wheel wells…it’ll look much cleaner!
Then, I used my son’s actual truck to measure out the bumpers, lights, windows, etc. Now, for the windows…I didn’t like how “clean” the cut was and decided to paint the windows black. I could see some of the red modeling chocolate left on the gray and I could see small cuts in the gray from the exacto knife. So, I got out my black gel color and vodka and painted in the windows…it looked much better!
Then, I attached it to the cake! To do that, I measured how high off the cake the truck would sit…so, I measured the height of the tires and then the distance I wanted it sitting above the tires. For this truck, I wanted to to float above the cake by 3″. So, I inserted my bubble straws into the top tier of the cake so that they stood above the cake by 3″. I covered the straws in black fondant, slathered the tops with melted chocolate and placed the truck on top. I then used some melted chocolate on the backs of the tires and placed each tire against the bubble straws. Again, sorry for not having a great progress pic, but you can see how I it looked when all was said and done!
Because my truck was so narrow, the straws ended up right next to each other. So I covered them in one piece of fondant.
And, that’s it! Again, so sorry for not having progress pictures towards the end! For my first truck, I’m pleased, although I know next time it’ll be much cleaner!
Thanks for looking!