How To Make A Big Wheel Construction Cake

Construction Cake

“I want to eat a BIG wheel!”

That’s what every little boy at my son’s third birthday party said when they first laid eyes on his cake. One of the boys even managed to bypass cake security – twice – and snatch a wheel before the cake was cut! (But can you blame him? No way!)

After being tested on a group of opinionated toddler boys, the verdict is in…this cake is a WINNER.

The construction cake idea was inspired by Pinterest (isn’t everything?), but I’ll take full creative credit for the big wheels that were the star of the show. I’ll also let you in on a secret. If you have any bulldozers, monster trucks or construction vehicles – which is highly likely if you are a toddler boy-mom -, you’ll be able to make this down-right dirty cake for under 10 dollars. And much less if you are a deal hound or crazy couponer.

Let’s get messy. For this cake you’ll need:

    • 1 chocolate box cake
    • 1 chocolate icing jar
    • 1 package of Keebler Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripe Cookies
    • Assorted chocolate candy of choice for boulders and rocks (I went to the Publix assorted candy bin and spent $1.06 on chocolate covered raisins, whoppers and such.)


1. Bake the cake according to the package and allow time to cool. I used two round pans and stacked the cakes with a layer of frosting. I have to apologize for not taking any pictures of the process. If you’ve never made a two layer cake before, go ahead and check YouTube, there are lots of easy tutorials!

Also, no need for a fancy frosting job! That’s the beauty of this cake –  you’re going to cover it up with dirt and tires in a few minutes.

Dairy-free note: I used Aldi brand cake and frosting on my son’s construction cake, but did you know that many box cakes and frostings are dairy free?!  Below are some options that I use for my daughter.


2. For the dirty topping, take 6 of the Keebler cookies and use a rolling pin to crumble them into “dirt.” Eat one cookie to make sure the batch you purchased was not poisoned. Reserve the rest for the “wheels.”

Fudge Cookies

3. Sprinkle the crumbled fudge rounds on top of the cake and arrange your construction equipment as desired. Press the additional chocolate candy into the dirt and frosting. This cake is supposed to be a mess, so have fun!

Cake Top

4. Last, press the fudge round cookies – the wheels! – into the frosting around the sides of the cake.

Construction cake

Now, sit back and watch the little boys go wild for this dirty, messy masterpiece!

Construction Cake


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