The Great JCB Explore Bake-Off – How To Make A Digger Cake?

The Great British Bake-Off is a much-loved show that often inspires viewers to get baking themselves.

If you’re looking for a fun baking project to do with your kids, why not try making a digger cake? Digger cakes are both fun to make and decorate, and they’re sure to be a hit with any construction-loving child. Get inspired with our recipe and spend some quality time with your little ones bringing their favourite digger toy to life with JCB Explore!


You will need:

  • Two portions of sponge cake mix
  • Black and yellow food colouring
  • Ready made chocolate buttercream
  • Pack of chocolate fingers
  • Melted chocolate
  • Chocolate biscuits



A digger cake is a fun and impressive-looking dessert that is perfect for construction-themed parties or any other special occasion.

When it comes to creating the perfect digger cake, there are a few key elements you’ll need to get right.

First, you’ll need to bake two batches of sponge cake – one mixed with yellow food colouring and one with black or chocolate.

Once the cake is cooled, cut each horizontally to create thin layers.

Carefully stack the yellow and black cake on top of each other, alternating colours to create a stripe effect. This will resemble the construction signage pattern and will be the star of the show once the cake is cut.


Spread a layer of chocolate buttercream over the top and sides of the cake. Then stick chocolate fingers around the edge of your cake to create a fence effect.

In order to achieve the most genuine effect, it is important to cut down the chocolate fingers and sponge cake at the front of the cake so that it resembles an excavated site.

Once this is done, use a piping bag to pipe melted chocolate over the excavated area. Doing this will create a dripping effect that makes the cake look even more realistic.

You can also sprinkle some crushed chocolate biscuits around to create a rubble effect. 

Finally, allow the chocolate to set before serving the cake. This will ensure it looks its best when presented to family and friends.

Finishing touches

Now that your digger cake has been assembled and decorated, it’s time to add the finishing touch.

Place a small plastic digger toy (JCB Mini Moverz are perfect for this) on top of the cake and sprinkle some more biscuit crumbles over it.

Just remember to keep an eye on the little ones so they don’t try to take a bite out of the digger!

If you have a little builder in your life, then you know how important it is to encourage their creativity. Baking a digger cake together is a great way to do just that. Not only is this a fun activity, but it’s also a great way to bond with your child. And when they see the cake come to life, they’ll be over the moon. So what are you waiting for? Give our recipe a try today.

Tips For Teachers – How To Increase Children’s Environmental Awareness Through Outdoor Play

Children are the future of the planet, so it is important to increase their environmental
awareness from a young age. One way to do this is through outdoor play. Being in nature can
help children feel connected to the natural world and appreciate its beauty. They can also learn
about the importance of taking care of the environment.

Furthermore, outdoor play can teach children about different wildlife and how to respect their
habitat. By increasing children’s environmental awareness, we can ensure that future
generations will be able to protect and preserve our planet. This is why here at JCB Explore, we
encourage both parents and teachers to make an effort to nurture the love and appreciation of
nature and environment.

Teach the importance of recycling

One of the best ways for teachers to teach young children about recycling is through outdoor
play activities. Recycling is an important lesson for children to learn, and by incorporating it into their playtime, they can develop a better understanding of the concept.

There are a variety of ways to do this, but some examples include setting up a recycling station
where children can sort materials, or playing games that involve collecting and sorting
recyclable items. By making recycling fun and interactive, children will be more likely to retain
the information and develop positive habits that will last a lifetime.

Explain the concept of sustainability

Many people today are concerned about the state of the environment and the sustainability of
the earth’s resources. However, it can be difficult to teach young children about these complex
issues. Fortunately, outdoor play can prove helpful in explaining and demonstrating some of the
ideas and concepts linked to sustainable living.

Teachers can use the environment as a classroom, and help children to understand how their
actions can impact the earth. For example, students can learn about the water cycle by
observing the clouds and rain. They can also explore the local ecosystem and discover how
different plants and animals rely on each other for survival or learn more about the process of

By connecting with nature, children can develop a deeper understanding of sustainability and
learn how to care for the environment.

Encourage little actions that make a big difference

As the world becomes increasingly aware of the need to protect the environment, it is
important that we instil a sense of responsibility in our children. One way to do this is to
encourage them to take small actions that have a big impact on the environment.
For example, they can be taught to reuse and recycle materials, conserve energy by turning off
lights and appliances when they are not in use, and to properly dispose of waste. By taking
these simple steps, our children can learn to respect and care for the environment, and
ultimately make a positive difference in the world.

In today’s world, children are often more likely to spend their free time indoors, in front of a
screen. This is why it’s more important than ever to encourage outdoor activities. By getting
children involved in hands-on outdoor activities, we can teach them about the importance of
taking care of our planet. Outdoor activities also provide an opportunity for children to explore
and discover the natural world around them. Through these experiences, they can develop a
sense of responsibility for the environment and build their appreciation for nature.

If you want to learn more about screen-free activities and discover more ways to reduce your kids’ screen time, read our blog here.


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