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Coolest Bumblebee Camaro Birthday Cake 21

by Kirsten E.
(Texas)

Homemade Bumblebee Camaro Birthday Cake

Homemade Bumblebee Camaro Birthday Cake

I made this amazing Bumblebee Camaro Birthday Cake last weekend for my son's 7th birthday. He loves Bumblebee as most little guys do. I had never before worked with fondant of any kind and was a little leery. Many people said it was very difficult; I didn't think it was though. Would I work with fondant again? Yes, in a heart-beat. Even in hot, muggy, southeast Texas in June.

I made the cake the night before, kept it wrapped and started the fun in the morning. It took me about 3 hours to carve, frost, and decorate the cake. I cut the bottom piece about 10" long and 5" wide, smeared a little butter-cream on and topped it with another piece about 1" shorter and narrower. I hand carved the cake how I thought a Camaro looks and then frosted with butter-cream (keeping some aside to keep white and to color gray for detailing).

I kneaded and colored the fondant with paste coloring. The standard yellow wasn't dark enough and I added just a touch of red to deepen it. I also colored some black for the windows and detailing. I had Red hots for the rear lights applied with glitter red gel (red gel for the side details too, wish I could post more photos on here). The tires are Oreos covered in black fondant, detailed with gray icing for the rims (tap down the frosting with a wet paintbrush for a smooth look) and dragees for the rivets.

To apply the tires, I carved out a little of the cake where they wheels were to go so they would sit inside a "wheel well" of sorts. That way they didn't look like they were sitting on the outside of the car. I made tread on the tires with a sharp knife all the way around too.

The rear-view mirrors I just pinched and formed and stuck a toothpick into and slide into the side of the car. I even added some gray frosting to them to make them look like real mirrors.

To really finish it off, I brushed water on with a very soft brush to make it "show-room fresh." That shine lasted about 3 hours. BTW- it fed 10 children and 3 adults. We didn't make really huge slices, but nobody complained and there was cookie-dough ice cream as well. My son was thrilled- that's all that mattered to me.

P.S. I made my own fondant using this recipe- Made more than enough to cover this cake.
http://whatscookingamerica.net/PegW/Fondant.htm

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Amazing
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for all the details on the cake. I am having a birthday party for my 8 year old brother who is obsessed with Transformers and was looking for the perfect cake. This is definitely it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

great bumblebee car
by: Roberta

The cake is really great, when my son saw it he told me I want a birthday cake just like that. Can you please tell me the size of the cake before you did the shape please?

Love it
by: Anonymous

I just wanted to say that this idea is wonderful. I think you did a great job and it looks just fantastic

Thank you. :)
by: Kirsten

As far as the size of the cake itself before I carved it, I would say it was 10-11" long X 5-6" wide X 5" tall. Remember, the top layer I made a little smaller and it was like a small tier on top. I really had to think it out as I have several glass pans and didn't want just a solid cake- my son wanted frosting in the middle. Just play with it. I baked one cake mix and divided it between a couple different glass pans. This part really isn't that important- don't feel like you have to follow the pan sizes on the back of the box. Just make sure you grease and flour the pans really well. If you want a solid cake- go ahead and make it in a loaf pan. You can even make it serve more people by just making two boxes of mix. One box feeds about 12- but I got 10 kids and 3 adults our of mine- the cake and frosting were rich and we did have ice-cream too. Just stack rectangles till you get the size you want.

AWESOME!
by: Anonymous

I absolutely love the cake! I love all of the little details in it! You must have a lot of patience, I would just have a cow!

?
by: Anonymous

I need to make a bumblebee cake for my son' birthday next wknd. August 8th 2009.
How did you get the shape of the car? Can you give me more step by step instructions, I made my daughter an amazing castle cake for her birthday, and my son wants a bumblebee cake... Need suggestions please.
Thanks

Help
by: Kelly

Loved this cake! It's totally awesome! I have 3 boys and a nephew who want transformers this year for their cake. All their b-days are within 2 weeks of each other so we do one party. A REALLY BIG party! Could I get more step by step instructions please? Basically I need to know more on how you got the cars shape and detailing. I can bake like a champ but need help on the decorating part.

Shaping the cake
by: Kirsten

Sorry ladies, I didn't know there were more questions. lol

I shaped the cake by stacking layers and frosting filling. Then, I basically free-form/hand carved them. I went on a wing and a prayer on that one. :)Just try your best to keep everything in proportion.

Great Cake
by: Katie In Australia

10 POINTS!
What a great feeling you must have had when you finished that!!
Congrats on being clever!

Wow!!!
by: Jana in Missouri

I think you did a beautiful job on this cake. If your not selling cakes you should be. Not everyone has the talent and the time it took was really reasonable. Great Job!!!


Thanks!
by: Kirsten

Thank you Jana! :) It was really an easy cake, and I'm a little surprised I can say that. It didn't take that long and my son really helped me quite a bit which, as you may know, means taking a little longer when small hands are involved. Anyway- thank you!

Amazing
by: Lexi

This cake is amazing! I live in Austin, TX, would you like to come make me the exact one? lol. So I went out and actually found a car cake mold that's a good start to carving the Camaro shape. Also, since I'm no "Martha", I purchased the Fondant and am going to color it with the gel. Hopes that this will turn out ok....It's my first time with Fondant!

camaro cake
by: paula carothers

Would u like to make a pink Camo camero for my. 16 year old daughter? If interested. Please contact me at pkcarothers@gmail.com

black fondant
by: Anonymous

What a cool cake! How did you color the fondant black? I don't seem to get past grey

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