How to Make a Cake Look Like a Military Tank

Updated July 20, 2017

Theme parties are a fun way to celebrate a child's birthday, providing an extra exciting element to an already fun day. The cake, of course, is one of the most important parts of any party---and for a theme party, it can be one of the most daunting. If your child has requested a military theme, however, don't worry---a tank cake is quick and easy if you know a few simple tips.

Mix the green and yellow food colourings in the icing to make an olive brown colour. Use the butter knife to ice one cake and set aside.

Taper the second cake with the sharp knife so that one side is higher then the other. Trim the sides of the cake so it is slightly smaller in diameter than the other cake. Place this cake on top of the other.

Ice the top cake and the sides of both cakes. Make sure to smooth over the crack between them so it isn't noticeable.

Put chocolate cookies on either side of the bottom cake. These are the "wheels." Be sure to put equal numbers of cookies on each side.

Stick the chocolate wafer in the taller side of the top cake, facing the shorter side. Put a candle inside the wafer and light when ready. This will add an exciting element of realism to the cake.


Have an adult light the candle and supervise children when around matches at all times.

Things You'll Need

  • Two sheet cakes (any flavour)
  • Sharp knife
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Yellow and green food colouring
  • Butter knife
  • Circular chocolate cookies
  • Chocolate wafer stick
  • Candle
  • Matches
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About the Author

Hallie Cranos is a freelance writer in Seattle, Wash. She has been writing professionally since 2007 and her work has been published in the award-winning newspaper "The Yellow Springs News" as well as on the blog Life at Earlham. She graduated from Earlham College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in women's studies and minoring in creative writing.