This Crs cake was made using the Wilton Car's pan and 2 10" round Wilton cake pans. I had taken the basic Wilton cake decorating class and decided that it was time to attempt a cake that was a little more challenging than what I had done in the past.
The Car's pan took 1 box cake mix and the two rounds took 2 box cake mixes. I used homemade butter cream icing. You can find the recipe in the Wilton Class I decorating book or on their website. A tip that I learned while making this cake was that if you plan to color your icing red do it in as small of batches as possible. If you go too large with you white icing and try to color it red it will become watery, (even if you are using the gel color).
I did finally achieve the red color that I was looking for by blending a few colors of red together. Be sure if you are going to attempt a cake like this that you allow yourself enough time for any mishaps that occur.
My first attempt at the 12 x 18 sheet pan that I was originally going to use for the base stuck to the pan and was not able to be salvaged. Hence the 10" rounds, which I think in the end looked better anyway, as they look like tires from a race car. Have a blast and don't stress out too much this is coming from your heart. Your kids will love it and that is all that matters.
This Cars cake was made for one of my dearest friend's one year old boy, as a birthday gift. The cake looks like a white walled tire from the view above. The inside was colored blue (as in Dinoco Blue in the 'Cars' movie) by baking a vanilla cake and placing blue food coloring throughout the batter.
I put the little boy's name across the cake in 'Lightening bolts' I cut from fondant. It's the only fondant on this cake. EVERYTHING else is butter cream. That's the beauty of the finished product because guests found it hard to believe until we cut into it.
The top is a gold/yellow color to represent the 'Piston cup' and I went so far as to make the cake inside a yellow cake on the top only. The Birthday Boy received the top of the cake as his very own at his party (approx. the size of a cupcake).
This cake was definitely made in layers, and there was quite a bit of refrigeration time between detailing. Took me all day, but it was so worth it! Needless to say, I've made quite a few cakes since this one; however this was my first official birthday cake made after taking classes at my local Craft Store.
A Cars themed birthday cake for my son's 2nd birthday! I was inspired by some of the photos on this site.
I did an Oreo cookie crumb "2" racetrack, used black licorice laces as edging between the racetrack and grass, tinted green coconut for grass and made marshmallow fondant squares for the checkered sides. I even ended up filling it with vanilla custard when I had to make a second cake to make it taller. (I read somewhere that I should pipe icing around the edge of the bottom layer before filling it with custard and I am very glad that I did that. I only had a little bit of oozing out the sides.) I bought a cake decorating kit that had the car, checkered flag, the pick with three vehicles and sprinkles (which I didn't use).
I've never made fondant, never made a filled/layered cake and am definitely not a cake decorator so I'm really happy with the way it turned out. You can totally make this cake, too!