I had fun with my son's first birthday party cakes. It was a Cars theme, and the Cars Cast turned out oh-so-cute!
I baked several bread loaf cakes (not filling them too full so they wouldn’t be tall) and trimmed them with an electric knife to mimic the Cars characters. I also made a mini loaf McQueen for my son’s personal cake.
For the two little guys, I cut one cake in half (part if it actually fell apart which is why I even decided to do that). I used chocolate and white frosting (do all white windows first), as well as dyed vanilla frosting, depending on the colors needed for each car. If I were to do it again, I would make more white windows, the front windshield got a little tight when I started taking it over with the body color. For each of the eyes, I used a black gel writer with a bit of white frosting applied with a toothpick on top of the eye color.
McQueen was the toughest because he required a lot of red. He ended up a very salmon-y dark pink, but it was the best I could do. His headlights were 1/4 piece of yellow Starburst, and of course, Oreos for his sporty wheels. Sally’s headlights were white Smarties.
For Doc, I used only half of an Oreo (taking one cookie side off) and attempted to use pretzels for his grille. Something else might work better. He had yellow Smarties for headlights. Luigi had Junior Mints I think for wheels since he was smaller. I printed an Italian flag on the computer and taped it to a toothpick just for fun. He also had yellow Smarties for headlights. Mater had one Smarties headlight, of course, and chocolate Honeycombs for wheels.
My son is absolutely obsessed with the movie Cars, so that was the theme we went with for his 2nd birthday. I got the idea for this cake from other cakes on this web site. I started by making 2- 9” round cakes. Once they cooled I cut a piece off of each cake and placed them flat up against each other. I then took the pieces that were cut off and put one at each end of the cakes. This gives the track more of an angle at the turns. This step did require a little bit of “carving” to give it more of an incline.
Once the cake was put together, I frosted the entire thing with store bought white frosting. I tinted some frosting with green food coloring and made the grass in the middle using a specific Wilton tip (can’t remember which one). I purchased a tube of ready to use black frosting for the checkered flag decoration on the sides. I used my finger to smooth it and give it a more uniform appearance…this was messy. For the track I used Oreo cookies (minus the filling) that I had put in a food processor and then placed toy cars on in which doubled as a birthday present! I finished this cake with M&Ms along the border and store bought checkered flag toothpicks in the center. This cake was so easy and so much fun to make!!!
I made this Cars Racetrack Birthday Cake for my son's 5th birthday. It is choc cake with Oreo filling on one side and vanilla cake with strawberry filling on the other side. My son loved helping me with this cake. I cut off part of the round cakes and made it flush to make a figure 8.
We used brand new cars figures on the track. I also bought the cars candies for the side. I used a grass tip for the grass and a star the track. It was a pretty easy cake to make. This was my first filling filled cake I ever made. Everyone loved his cake. The kids loved the track.