How to throw a magical truck birthday party.
When my little son wakes up in the morning, the first thing he does is looking out of the window, pointing and saying truck. All cars outside are trucks. When I try to explain that trucks are big cars and cars are small, he looks wide-eyed at me, nods and repeats my words. The next time he sees a car he calls it truck. So for his birthday, we had to make him a truck-birthday!
A truck-birthday does not mean you have to make cakes that look like cars. Instead you can place the cakes in different types of vehicles and give them funny names. So watch out, Car-Brownies, A truckload of buns and Gravel cakes are driving your way:
Brownies are easily fitted into the car theme. Decorate the cakes with cars on cocktail sticks, bought from toy shops or the internet.
Serve the buns in a large truck, a truckload of buns. The truck is made of paper and can be ordered from merimeri.com.
In Norway a classic at Christmas and children’s parties is risboller. These are easy no-bake chocolate buns made of puffed rice and is the Norwegian equivalent of cornflake cakes. Use puffed rice or cornflakes, but name them Gravel cakes. You can also add your kid’s favorite chocolate. I have added Smash, Norwegian corn chips with chocolate. Serve the Gravel cakes in a wheelbarrow or as I did, in my son’s lunchbox (which of course is decorated with a tractor) and in a little cake tin from Marks & Spencer.
I have to make one little exception though. Thanks to my partner, one of the cakes is topped with an edible car made of sugar paste, liquorice wheels and milk chocolate.
It does not take much to throw some magic dust on your kid’s birthday. Wish you best of luck!
Puffed rice cakes (risboller):
75 ml / 2,5 oz sugar
100 g / 3,5 oz chocolate (containing 50 % cocoa), chopped
100 g / 3,5 oz coconut fat (or butter)
about 100 g / 3,5 oz puffed rice
a pinch of salt (if using coconut fat)
1. Melt the coconut fat (or butter) in a pan and remove from the heat. Add the chopped chocolate and make sure all chocolate has melted.
2. Beat the sugar and egg until pale and fluffy. Mix with the chocolate and a pinch of salt. Stir in the puffed rice. You can make them chocolaty or “ricy”, but remember if you are using too much puffed rice the cakes will easier fall apart.
3. With a spoon, make small cakes and place on parchment paper. Place in the refrigerator. The cakes will keep in the refrigerator for 3–4 days.