Tank Cake Ideas and Designs

Tank cake designs below were shared with us by our readers. These cakes are great for boys' parties. I'm sure you'll benefit from reading the how-to instructions when getting ready to bake your own army theme cake.

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Tank cake submitted by Jeannie D. from Trinity, FL

Tank Cake

This cake is pretty easy. I bought two boxes of cake mix, and baked according to the directions. I put one cake in a rectangular glass pan and the other in a small bread loaf pan. The small loaf cake will be your top.

Use the rectangular cake, but do cut a 2x5 rectangle out of one end. This end will be the front of your cake. (I did cut a piece of the loaf cake off the front at a diagonal direction.)

Next, apply icing generously to the cake. I bought green cake spray at Michael's craft store. It is in an aerosol can. Lightly spray it all over the cake until the "camo" appears.

Oreos were used for the tires, and Twizzlers for around the tires. I used an Army man to stick in the middle, and a pretzel covered with foil for the turret.

Good luck and have fun being creative!

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Tank cake submitted by Brianne H. from Chattanooga, TN

Tank Cake


  • Two 9x13" cakes (I used chocolate)
  • One 5" round cake
  • 4 cups buttercream icing
  • 4 cups white fondant
  • 1/4 cup green fondant
  • 14x16" board (wrapped)
  • One 5" round board (wrapped)
  • 1 plastic round dowel
  • Air brush (black and brown)
  • Pretzel stick

I first stacked the two 9x13 cakes with icing between them. Then started carving out the tank design. (Note: it's easier to carve when the cake is a little frozen. Stick it in the freezer for about 15 min.)

I cut back at a diagonal from the center. Then I took what I cut off and flipped it around to the other side of the cake to give it a little more of a slant. (Remember to put some icing between that layer.) Then for the tracks on the sides, I carved a little off the top layer down to the second layer.

For the front, I just cut out a little U shape. Put it back in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This will help you with icing the whole cake. The icing doesn't have to be pretty, but it does need to be nice and smooth.

Mix 1/4 cup of green and 4 cups of white fondant together. Roll that out and place over the cake. Smooth it out, making sure you press it into all the cuts and grooves you carved in the cake.

Now take 5" round cake, and cut u-shape out of one side. Ice and cover it in leftover fondant. Take a dowel, and mark it at the top center of the tank. Remove the dowel, cut the extra off, and place it back in the tank.

Add a little buttercream to the top of the dowel and on the tank. This will help the round part stick to the cake.

Place the round on the tank with the u-shape to the back of the tank. Now cover pretzel stick in fondant, and place in the front of the round to make the cannon.

Using the remaining fondant, cut out stars, shapes, letters, etc. I cut out letters for Happy Birthday and placed on the board with a little butter cream I tinted brown.

As a finishing touch, I got out my air brush, and used a little black and brown to give the tank a little more dimension.

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Cake submitted by Margaret C. from Quispamsis, Canada

Tank Birthday Cake


  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 4 Egg Whites

Cook at 350°F for 20-30 minutes. I did this recipe times 4 for the tank cake. I used two 13X9" pans, and it took close to an hour to cook. One sheet was the bottom of the tank, and the other was carved to make the middle and top.

I used Oreo cookies for the wheels and black licorice for the treads. The cannon was an Oreo straw, and the hatch was from an Oreo cookie. I dug out a place to put an army man in.

I used a buttercream frosting of various shades of green to get the right color I was looking for. I used Oreo cookie crumbs for the dirt road.

The kids loved it and I was pleased by how well it turned out!

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