Here it is:
There wasn't time to add the details on the treads or the bucket connector doohickies. But I don't know that a bunch of preschool kids are going to care, particularly. With less than an hour to decorate it, this is what they get. I didn't even take time to write the kiddo's name on it or anything!
BUT I have to share the recipe for this cake and frosting.
I am almost ashamed to admit that the cake recipe is from Martha Stewart. I put about twice as much lemon zest in it as she calls for. But the cake is yummer. You can find it here.
1 16-oz container of marshmallow cream.
1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter.
5 teaspoons fresh lemon juice.
1 teaspoon vanilla.
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar.
On low speed, beat marshmallow cream. Add butter in 1-inch pieces, beating well after each. Beat until smooth. Add lemon juice, vanilla, and sugar and beat on medium high until fluffy. And that's it! Fluffy, beautiful to frost and decorate with, and just a touch of sweetness. Perfect.
Now, I have to confess that I can't draw. Seriously? Worst ever. When I was teaching, I'd have the students draw whatever I needed onto the board. It is sad. My kids suffer, because I can barely draw an apple. Stick people? Not even they look right. Yet I've done cakes with lions, alligators, Snoopy on his doghouse, and so forth. So how to get the picture onto a cake, you ask? Although it's slightly time consuming, it's easy. Ready?
Find a clip art or coloring page of whatever you'd like on your cake and enlarge/decrease to the size that you want. Grab a piece of waxed paper and put the picture underneath. Tint some frosting black (or cheat like I sometimes do, and did today, and use Wilton's decorator frosting in black). Using a plain old line attachment (sorry, don't know the technical term!), trace your picture on top of the waxed paper, like this. It doesn't have to be perfect. Using the homemade frosting is a bit easier, but it's a pain trying to tint frosting black, thus the cheating:
Then, lay the drawing upside down onto your cake, like so:
Slightly press down onto the picture to transfer the frosting to the cake. The Wilton frosting is a bit thicker, so it doesn't come off as smoothly, but that's OK. Don't worry. You can fill in the gaps. You just need a general idea. Be aware that the picture on the cake will be the mirror image of the original. Just so's yuh knows.
Then gradually peel back the waxed paper. Do it a bit at a time, so you can use the paper as a guide to fill things in a bit, like I've done here. With the tube, you're not going to have a really clear line, cos most will stay on the paper. But it should be enough to do the job.
Once you've gradually peeled, eyeballed, and filled in a bit, you'll end up with this.
It's just kind of a general outline to go with. Then you fill it in with frosting. I usually use a #27 star tip, cos it's small enough to get into the corners. But sometimes I use a bigger tip, and sometimes I just frost it in normally, using a toothpick, the back of a spoon, or whatever works, to get in the little bits, like for the lion I did for Adam's second birthday. For today's cake, I used the star tip for the machine, and just frosted normally for the rest.
This one is pretty bare-bones, because I ran out of time. I didn't do any details, and it lacks a bit of finesse, since I was in a rush. But hey--at least you can tell what it is, which is better than if I would have tried to draw the thing on there freestyle. When you're finished, go around the whole thing again to outline in black.
And there you go.
Here's the lion, the very first cake I ever did this way. I think it's my favorite: