D is for Dig Dig (and Delicious)

A sweet little boy requested a “dig dig” cake for his second birthday, so we couldn’t disappoint.

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But first, I’ll confess. Although we carefully constructed (pun intended) the exterior presentation of the cake, the innards were derived from a box mix. Let me explain: it was getting late. We were anxious to just decorate. And frankly, it’s acceptable to put all your efforts into either the taste quality or the presentation quality, and we chose the latter. The added bonus: you don’t have to actually see how much sugar went into the cake you’re about to devour. So it kind of, even, possibly, makes it healthier. Ta-da. :)

And we did make the chocolate buttercream icing from scratch, so that further justifies the box cake mix.

For the buttercream icing:

– 1 cup butter

– 2 cups icing sugar

– 2 tablespoons milk

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– cocoa – slowly add until desired colour and taste is achieved; about 1/2 cup (optional)

1) Blend all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth.

For the cake:

1) Bake according to package directions in desired pan.

2) Allow cake to cool completely, and then scoop out a small hole on the top of the cake to resemble a digger hole, and place digger truck accordingly. Conserve the crums to make a dirt pile after icing. The great part of this is that nothing has to be perfect – it is a construction site after all!

3) Generously ice entire cake, avoiding the digger hole.

4) Place cake crumbs in a pile and place dump truck accordingly.

5) Using a wide ribbon piping tip, pipe a line of icing curving around the perimeter of the cake, and place steam roller accordingly.

6) We added “construction colours” of M&M’s to make a big ‘2’ on the front of the cake for a final touch!

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The best part: the birthday boy got to use the trucks to scoop and pile the mess of crumbs on the table; what more could a 2-year-old ask for?

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