Army fort birthday cake decorating

Updated February 21, 2017

An army fort cake is the perfect addition to a military-themed birthday party. You do not have to be a pastry chef to be able to decorate a cake. To save time, start with a baked cake. Using green plastic army figures and a flag on top of the cake finishes the look of an army fort. Prepare this army birthday cake for a twist on a plain iced cake.

Place a thawed frozen pound cake upside down on a cake plate.

Spread chocolate cake frosting over the entire cake surface, smoothing it with a spatula.

Press 16 lady finger cookies into the sides of the cake parallel to the plate to create horizontal wooden planks of an army fort.

Combine the toasted coconut and vanilla cake frosting with several drops of green food colouring in a bowl, stirring until the coconut becomes grass green in colour.

Spread the coloured coconut on the cake plate around the fort for grass.

Arrange the green plastic army men on top of the coconut, using the frosting to adhere their feet to the cake plate so the figures stand upright.

Insert the American flag toothpick into the top of the cake to finish the look of the fort cake.


Substitute pretzel rods for the lady finger cookies if you cannot find the cookies.

Things You'll Need

  • Frozen pound cake, thawed
  • Cake plate
  • 2 cups chocolate cake frosting
  • Spatula
  • 16 lady finger cookies
  • 2 cups toasted coconut
  • Green food colouring
  • 1 cup vanilla cake frosting
  • Green plastic army men
  • American flag toothpick
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