My son has watched “Cars” more times that we can count, so it was appropriate to make him a 2nd Birthday Cars Cake.
We searched for ideas, from form cakes to unique ideas with cake toppers. While at Target, we spotted the three-piece Race Day cars – Lightening McQueen (with tongue extended), Chick Hicks, and The King all tying at the finish line. My son always exclaimed “there’s his tongue” at that scene, so we knew this was perfect.
We made two 9 x 13 sheet layers of yellow cake from mix. We didn’t want to use fondant, so we found a crusting butter cream recipe. I was very apprehensive as I’ve never used the crusting icing concept. But following the directions closely, including using Viva paper towels only as they don’t have a pattern, the smoothing of the icing was extremely easy.
He also loves peanut butter, so we found a recipe for crunchy peanut butter frosting and used it between the layers.
Recreating the race field was easy with store-bought decorating icings – just the finish line, the grassy area, some sugar decorations on the sides, and a candle – and then we finished with simply writing his name and adding the trio of cars.
I made this Cars Birthday Cake for a 2 year old little boy who loves cars. His aunt asked me to make a simple cars themed cake, not necessarily DIS-Pixar but I couldn't resist, I'm a McQueen fan.
This was my first time putting a square cake on top of a round cake. I did not think it would work. When she told me she wanted the top cake to mimic a racing flag but didn't want fondant I panicked. In the end the cake turned out well, what you cannot see in this picture is Lightening McQueen's #95 and famous slogan "KACHOW" on the back of the bottom layer.
Just a word of advice, most of you know this, use the next size up cake box. The bottom layer was a 10" cake, I should have used a 12" box...as you can see the bottom border marked the box when it was closed. I learn something new with every order.
Headed in the kitchen to bake again, stay tuned..."drop flowers not bombs".
Our soon to be 4 year old son Josh is infatuated with anything with wheels, particularly Roary, Mater and Lightning McQueen. After making a Mater cake (which was incredibly time consuming) for his 3rd birthday we thought we would make a Roary The Racing Car Cake. Running out of time we thought we would cheat and make the base but buy a toy Roary to decorate the top which he could then keep as a present afterward.
The cake was a white chocolate mudcake with a vanilla icing. The red and white barrier around the top of the cake is a soft 90cm strawberry and vanilla snake than was trimmed to size. The checkered flag in the corner (front) was simply licorice strips cut to size and layed on the white icing.
Behind Roary, around the 3 flags was store bought coloured chocolate rocks. Grass was coconut with green food colouring.
I made this Roary the Racing Car Cake in two baking tins and jam and creamed them and stacked them to the height needed so that I could start cutting the cake into the shape of Rory. Cutting freehand with no pattern you could see the shape Rory was going to be before it was covered.
Once the sponge was the shape I wanted it to be I buttercreamed over the whole cake, and carefully rolled out the icing (red) so it was large enough to cover the whole cake. Then once I had covered it the best I could I started to put all the little bits to make Rory look like Rory, his eyes, mouth, wheels, his hat and his flag etc.
I put George's name and his age on it, when he saw it he was over the moon with it.