For my son’s 3rd birthday he wanted a cake with Lightning McQueen, Doc Hudson and Mater. So I decided to replicate the scene where Doc & McQueen are racing in the desert and McQueen falls down the cliff into the cactus bushes.
For this homemade Cars birthday cake I started out with two 9”x13” layers. I laid the first one down and cut the second one in half, placing the halves on top of each other and cutting them on an angle. I iced the whole cake in light brown buttercream, then covered it with a mixture of crushed Nilla wafers and brown sugar to look like sand.
The rocks are RKT (Rice Krispie treats) rolled in the “sand” mixture. The cacti and number 3 are marshmallow fondant which I placed on toothpicks, made them look prickly by making small marks on them with a toothpick, then stood up on a Styrofoam block to dry for a couple days.
To assemble the homemade Cars birthday cake I attached the rocks with buttercream (the large rock formation is on a skewer), and placed the cacti on toothpicks into the cake. I cut letters out of fondant and attached to the cake with buttercream, then placed the toy cars on it.
My 4 year old twins desperately wanted a Disney's Cars birthday party with a race cake, so I decided to do a dirt track scene using some Cars toys as decorations. I baked one 10"x14" layer and two 9"x13" layers, stacked them so that they aligned on along the left side of the cake, and then sculpted out the race track with a knife. I also used some of the extra cake pieces to build up a ridge on the left side so that Mater would have a good vantage point!
I frosted the cake and the board with tan buttercream, sprinkled it all over with a mixture of crushed graham and Oreo Thin Crisp crumbs (I pulsed one sleeve of graham crackers and three 100 calorie bags of the Oreos in the food processor), and then added cacti sculpted from Rice Crispy treats that I tinted green.
The kids were thrilled with this Homemade Cars Birthday Cake, and everyone seemed to enjoy it!
This Cars Birthday Cake was an easy cake to make. I started by making a sheet cake for the bottom. The car is made out of pound cake, which is good to use. It carves easier and does not crumble like a box cake.
I shaped the car from the pound cake. I then rolled out the fondant in the many colors. I covered the cake with the fondant. The detail work was either painted on with food coloring or cut out of fondant.
I cut the letter for the writing out of the left over fondant. The kids went crazy over this cake. Have fun making your cake.
Using icing I transferred the picture of the car onto the Cars birthday cake. Using a background of white the colours in the cake stands out more. I do all the work free hand and work on order from customers. I do not do this professionally and I taught myself. This is a passion and I enjoy it very much. I have no training in baking cakes.
I use a basic sponge recipe, either white or chocolate, then using ordinary butter icing I basically paint the picture onto the cake starting with black outlines and then colouring the inside with different colours of icing.
I found some great ideas on this site for some car themed cakes and decided to use one of the designs I saw but make it my own Cars Birthday Cake. It was time consuming but pretty easy to make.
I stacked a round cake on either side and frosted from there. The signs I made on the computer and printed them out and stuck them in the cake with toothpicks. The track is also in the shape of a three because that is how old the birthday boy was. You can easily do any other number instead.