Making this Cars 3rd Birthday Cake and having this CARS party for my 3 year old son was a blast! It is actually made from 4 round cakes (2 stacked on top of each other). I stacked the frozen cakes (I cut a little off the centerline so they fit together nicely) then I carved the top cake layers only into the “3” shape. The sides were iced with white butter cream icing.
The center is green tinted butter cream. I always tint icing with Wilton colors. They are so vibrant.I used the grass tip to make the green in field. That was so easy and so fun! Can’t mess that up! In fact, the messier the better. I noticed letting some hang off the edge made it look more realistic.
The black race track turned out better than I thought and was so easy. It is just ground up Oreo cookies. Just put the whole Oreo cookie in a food processor until it forms a powder. I did have trouble getting icing to stick neatly to the Oreo road for the white stripes. So, in the wee hours the night before the party, I had to be creative with what we had around the house and ended up using pieces of gum to make the center white stripes on the road!
I lined the roadway with M&M candy for some color. The finish line is just strips of ribbon. “One hundred Calorie” cookies line the edge of the cake to look like tires. My son’s toy Lightening McQueen on the race track and Tow Mater in the in field finish off this COOL Cake!
My son’s 6th birthday was a Cars 2 theme. This time he wanted the whole track. So after looking a various ideas for a Cars 2 Racetrack Cake online, especially on this site, we decided on a oval track with stands for the spectators to view the race and a pit crew spot in the middle.
The cake is from two “Funetti” (white cake with sprinkles) box cake mixes. I used a 9x13 pan for the first mix and a 9 inch round pan for the second mix (with left over batter I made some cupcakes – not shown) I cut part of the 9x13 cake so that the whole cake would fit in my cake box and the part cut off became the stands (after angling the top) which I secured with toothpicks. I cut the round 9 inch pan in half and used it on either end for the round track edges. I used one white can of frosting (divided half in white and half for the green) and one chocolate can of frosting with black dye added. My son loves M&M’s so we used them to decorate around the edges and for the fans in the stands. He picked out which of his cars he wanted to decorate with and we washed them and placed them on the cake.
**Hint: One of the cars was white and to keep frosting off the bottom I used a little rectangle of parchment paper. I wish I would have done that for all of them. The green frosting was hard to wash off the little grooves under the cars.