There's 'vroom'-ing in the house at all times and bedtime can't begin until his monster trucks are arranged just so on the bookshelf. So your tyke will dig what you've baked for his birthday: his favorite vehicle -- wipers, wheels and all -- in cake form. Just follow our recipes and tips for these adorable truck birthday cakes to get started.
Calling All Engines! To create a boxy shape for the base, use Bake Even Strips, which prevent the center of the cake from rising to a dome shape. Use decorator's buttercream to create the red-and-white paint job, then smoothe it with a non-textured paper towel. Make the gauges and gadgets with a hand-painted fondant disks. Too complicated? Check out the tutorial on Beki Cook's Cake Blog -- or just take this photo to the baker.