Monster Truck Cake

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Make this easy Monster themed cake for your child’s next birthday, and you’ll be the coolest parents on the block. Guaranteed.

IMG_7425Ugh, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my little guy is officially 2 years old. I don’t know if I should be rejoicing that I survived 2 years of dirty diaper, 2 years of crying, 2 years of poor quality sleep, 2 years of “having no freedom”, 2 years of searching for my nail polish because my son likes to hide them, and 2 years of having anxiety when I go out to eat with him, for fear he will throw a fit mid-meal. Ok ok I’ll stop. You get the point. #momlife

OR

Should I be crying because my son is no longer a little tiny baby that I still tell people I have, crying because his 3 hour naps are soon to disappear, or crying because where the hell did the time go?! Explanation please! 

Seriously I’m is major disbelief, and it’s not ok with me…

It really kicked in when my son was trying so hard to tell me a very detailed story (hand motions and all) about a spider coming down from the ceiling onto his highchair and running around. Hearing him put various words, colors, numbers, and expressions together into a hilarious, but sort of creepy story, made me realize that I really don’t have a baby anymore… yet I still tell people I do, and you know I’m still going to; probably until he is old enough to correct me.

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Back to the awesome cake–Just look at how hypnotized he is by this cake (mainly the toy trucks on top). For the actual chocolate cake, I used Ina Garten’s recipe, because it’s simply the best. It’s so moist and easy to make, even chocolate cake-haters like it!

I wanted to filling and topping to look all lumpy and bumpy like muddy grave, so I mixed in some rice crispies to my amazing whipped chocolate ganache. Even though it looked great, the rice crispies got a little soggy as is sat; so in the future, I’d omit them, or replace them with rough chopped Oreos. Play around with it and let me know how it turns out!

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Even though this cake looks like it might be a bit tricky to pull off, it couldn’t be easier! There’s no fancy piping techniques needed, no getting a migraine over trying to create smooth sides, because it’s supposed to look messy and “muddy”.

IMG_7433If you want to see how I decorated everything else for Gage’s Monster Truck themed party, click HERE!

IMG_7439And for other Monster Truck inspired recipes, click HERE!IMG_7419

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For the Whipped Ganache
  1. Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream into a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 2- 2 1/2 minutes, or until melted; stirring every 30 seconds to prevent burning. Mix in salt and let cool in the refrigerator until thick and chilled (this may take a few hours). Transfer to a large bowl, and with a hand mixer, beat on high speed until light and fluffy.
For the Ganache Topping
  1. Combine chocolate chips and heavy cream into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave until melted, stirring every 30 seconds to prevent burning.
How to Assemble
  1. Make your cake and let it cool completely before decorating. Place 1 layer of cake onto a cake plate or pedestal, top side-down. Spoon about half of the whipped ganache onto the center of the cake, and spread out until you have an even layer. Stack on the remaining cake layer, top side-down (helps create a flat top). Spread on the remaining whipped ganache and place in the refrigerator until firm, about 1 hour. when your cake is firm, you can start making the ganache (recipe above). Let it cool slightly, about 5 minutes, and slowly pour the ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to run down the sides. Put it back into the refrigerator until the ganache has set, then top with trucks, candle, and flag toothpicks. Sprinkle little trails and mounds of oreo crumbs around the truck tires and around the bottom of the cake.
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