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Edible Excavator Cake Recipe

Edible Excavator Cake Recipe

Assembled from a pound cake and Twinkies, this no-bake treat will please the crew at a celebration with a truck or vehicle theme.


  • 9 1/2-by 4-inch pound cake
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow frosting
  • 1/2 cup light-brown frosting (white and chocolate mixed together)
  • Chocolate decorators' frosting
  • 4 mini chocolate-covered doughnuts
  • Blue and green M&M's candies
  • Red and yellow gumdrops
  • 4 Twix
  • 2 Twinkies
  • 4 (8-inch) wooden skewers, trimmed into two 4 1/2-inch and
  • two 6-inch pieces
  • 4 yellow Twizzlers Rainbow Twists, cut to the same size as the skewers
  • 12 chocolate cookies (we used Oreo cookies)


Edible Excavator Cake - Step 1

1. Cut a 2 1/2-inch-long section from one end of the cake. Frost the section's cut end and place it on top of the cake for the cab, as shown. Cover the entire cake with yellow frosting, saving about 1/3 cup for the loader and bucket.

2. Spoon the light-brown frosting into a resealable sandwich bag, snip off a corner, and pipe a window onto each side of the cab. Outline the windows with chocolate decorators' frosting, then press the doughnut tires in place. Add M&M's and gumdrops for lights and hubcaps.

3. Use Twix to add a smokestack and loader arms. Frost one of the Twinkies yellow, set it on the loader arms, and add chocolate decorators' frosting details. Cut a 2-inch section from the other Twinkie, place it behind the truck for the bucket, and frost it yellow. Add pieces of yellow gumdrop for teeth.

4. Slide the skewers inside the Twizzlers. Press them into the cake and bucket as shown, using dabs of chocolate decorators' frosting to join them. With a rolling pin or food processor, crush the chocolate cookies into "dirt" and sprinkle it around the cake. Serves 8.