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Construction Party Cake and Food Ideas

For your Under Construction theme birthday party, bake an easy-to-make Dump Truck Cake! It’ll be a hit with your guests of all ages.

What you’ll need:
• One packaged chocolate cake mix
• Two 3 oz. boxes of chocolate pudding prepared according to directions on the box
• One box of Oreo Cookie Crumbs
• One well-washed Tonka Dump Truck
• One 9″ X 13″” cake pan
• One yellow shovel scoop

Prepare and bake the cake according to directions on the package.  After cake is completely cooled, cut it into bite-sized pieces.  Layer the bed of the dump truck with cake, pudding, and crumbs.  Continue to add layers until the dump truck is piled high with “dirt.”   Serve heaping scoops of dirt with the shovel and enjoy the smiles you’ll see!

If you are serving more people than can be accommodated by one boxed mix, we recommend that you simply bake extra cupcakes or an extra rectangular cake.  All can just be frosted in matching frosting and cut and served behind the scenes.  You may want to bake some white cupcakes with vanilla frosting, in the event that some children aren’t interest in a chocolate overload!

Food:
• Busy workers don’t have much time to stop for lunch, so pack them a sack lunch that can be eaten high up in the girders of a new skyscraper. Add a sandwich, chips, a cookie and an apple to a brown paper sack.
• Cake and ice cream served in Mini Construction Helmets will be the hit of the party.
• Serve sandwiches cut into shapes with construction vehicle cookie cutters.  Cut sugar cookies into squares, diamonds, triangles and octagons, and frost them to look like road signs.
• Try our “Construction Zone Blast”, and you’ll fill the room with “ooohs and aaahs”.  Start by serving red or blue punch.  After you have placed a filled glass in front of each guest, add some dynamite dust (a few Pop Rocks candies) to each one. Since this candy is processed with carbon dioxide, it will crackle, pop, and spit when it comes into contact with a liquid.
• As the excitement is so high at children’s birthday parties, most children under the age of 10 will eat very little, and the waste can be disheartening.  Schedule your party during a time when parents will not expect that their children will eat a meal…and serve only cake, ice cream, and a few other munchies.

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