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Birthday Cakes Even You Can Make!

If you like the idea of baking your birthday child a cake but are scared off by pictures of perfect creations, let Seattle mom of three, Erika Bigelow, show you how. Below is the recipe for her Digger Cake. And be sure to check out her recipes for a Snake Cake and Flower Cake. In the coming weeks, visit our website for her Worm, Castle and Fire Truck Cakes.

As well, don't forget to check out our super directory of more than 100 birthday entertainers and places to party.


Mom Tip: Be sure to assemble the digger on the sheet cake rather than on a plate. It's impossible to move as a single piece!


1 rectangular sheet cake with green frosting

(Save yourself time by purchasing plain sheet cake from grocery store bakery).

1 box cake mix (for digger)

One loaf pan


Store bought

1-2 yellow frosting tubs


½ of 1-lb box powdered sugar

¼ tsp vanilla

¼ cup to 1/3 cup milk

Yellow food coloring


Twinkies (which have just returned to stores), Oreos, small donuts, Dot candy, Swizzlers, Kit-Kats, white decorator frosting in tube


1. To create the backhoe digger shown in photo, bake your favorite flavor of cake in a loaf pan.

2. Once it has cooled, cut ¼ of the cake from one end of the loaf and place off center on top of the remainder of the loaf. Frost the entire loaf with yellow frosting.

3. Now the fun begins! Twinkies are used for the bucket and the scoop (half of a Twinkie) of the digger. Chocolate-covered donuts become the tires with M&M detailing. Crushed Oreos are the dirt, Dots candy (yellow) are the lights on top of the cab, Swizzlers are the arms to the scoop (glue together at bend with frosting) and Kit-Kats form the arms to the bucket and the smokestack. Use white frosting to draw in windows and you are ready to rumble.

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