Since I started making the grandsons’ birthday cakes for them 4 years ago, I have tried to make each of their cakes reflect their passions and interests at the time of their birthdays. Needless to say, my thirteen year old Carlin’s passion this year is dirt bikes. (Here's another really cool Dirt Bike cake).
Dirt Bike Track Cake Instructions
- This cake is a white cake, baked in a 12×17 inch cake pan. It took as much cake batter as when you bake four 9×13 cakes.
- The cake is iced in homemade buttercream frosting.
- For the jump, I bought a small Sara-Lee frozen pound cake, cut it to resemble a jump, and covered it in the buttercream.
- On the top of the jump I piped chocolate frosting and then I spooned chocolate Graham crackers (which I crushed in the food processor first) on top of the chocolate frosting.
- This is also what I did for the rest of the dirt track.
Side Note: I was going to make my homemade chocolate frosting for this, but got to thinking…. “Hey, why not make it a little easier on yourself and buy a can of chocolate frosting.” I really didn’t need a lot and I have to say it worked great.
- For the trees I used sugar cones on which I spread a little green frosting so that the fondant would stick to the cones.
- I completed the trees by rolling out some green fondant, cutting out a bunch of greens with a small leaf cutter and layering them on the frosting.
- For my dirt bike riders, I used a picture of my grandson (which he LOVED because he was actually doing a wheelie on his dirt bike in this picture, much to my dismay… ha ha).
- I took this picture to my local supermarket and had them print it with an edible cake printer. When I did this I had no idea if it would work.
- I took white fondant and kneaded tylose powder into it so that it would dry stiff.
- I rolled it out and left it about a half inch thick, because I knew I wanted to add a shish kebab stick to the back so I could make the dirt bike riders stand up.
- I then added the edible image to the rolled out fondant and carefully cut out the image with a sharp knife. This was kind of time consuming and a little harder than it looks. Some of them turned out better than others, but it WORKED. Yeah!
I knew Carlin would be SO excited because he loved this picture of himself SO MUCH!
I have to say this Dirt Bike cake was a hard cake to get a good picture of. The cake itself looked a lot better than the picture reflects, which is a really good thing! : )
Everything on the cake is edible with the exception of the sticks on the back of the dirt bikes.
Dirt Bike Helmet Cake
I absolutely love baking and decorating cakes…especially for my family members! In my family, I make everyone’s cakes for their birthdays and special events.
Every year my nieces, nephews, and cousins think long and hard about what kind of cake they would like and send me pictures, drawings, and ideas. This cake is one of my absolute favorite cakes I have made!
My nephew’s birthday was approaching so I asked him and my sister to start thinking about what kind of cake he wanted. After several weeks of thinking, my nephew came over to my house with his dirt bike helmet and handed it to me, he LOVES to ride his dirt bike and competes in many competitions too. I was unsure of why he was handing it to me when he said, “This is what I want my cake to look like.” Oh boy…I had never made a helmet cake before! Of course, I had to give it a try.
My sister kindly told my nephew, “You know it might not look JUST like your helmet.” My nephew’s response was, “Yes it will! I know Karee can do it because she is the best!” I knew I had no choice but to do my best and to make sure his cake was an exact replica of his helmet…I just couldn’t let him down! I used circle cakes on top of a sheet cake and carved the shape of a helmet. I covered it with fondant, and painted the designs to match the designs and colors of his actual helmet.
When I arrived to the party with the cake, everyone that worked at the venue came out to see the cake. My nephew was so excited and loved it! When it was time for cake my grandad asked, “Where is the cake? I didn’t see it?” He thought it was the actual helmet sitting on the table and had no clue it was the cake! What a fun cake it was!
Coolest Dirt Bike Cake for your Little Rider
I made this dirt bike cake for my 11 year old grandson. It all started with a vision, a drawing (I figured if I could draw it, I could bake it) and a big “You can’t do that” from my husband. Of course my answer to that was “oh yes I can, it’s for my Grandson”.
In order to get the effect I was looking for, I started with a 3′ x 4′ board and 9 cakes of assorted sizes.
First I placed the round cakes for the tires. Next piece layed was the motor area. Followed by the seat, fenders, muffler, handlebars, forks and sway bar. It was amazing how it all came together so well. Once I got the dirt bike layed out, I frosted it all green. I outlined the whole cake with “grass”. I crushed up some vanilla cookies and starting at the handle bars, where I made the starting gate, and continued with a track that covered the whole thing, ending with a finish line.
I added some trees, some grass and even a couple of ponds. Next came trying to figure out how we were going to transport it the 50 miles it needed to go. We ended up borrowing the neighbors van. We had to remove the third seat. Thankfully it was the perfect size area. Next to get it out of the house! A little tilt and holding my breath and it was out and in the van.
When we got to the party, everyone was amazed. Some only saw the track while others noticed the dirt bike outline. Our next hurdle was getting it inside his house with a smaller door. This time the cake was tilted almost straight up and down. I really held my breath that time! But they did it quickly and without having a catastrophy. My grandson absolutely loved it!
Coolest Dirt Bike Cake
This Dirt Bike cake was really pretty easy! Just a bunch of cake mounded into a landing, rice crisp take off and a toy dirt bike held up by a coat hanger.
The cake was white with butter cream frosting. I put Cocoa Krispies and Oreo’s in a food processor to make the “dirt”. Then just pressed it into a dirt colored butter cream frosting. Rice Krispy take off’s we drizzled in the Betty Crocker glaze (I added some black food coloring to it) after I lightly butter creamed them for extra smoothness. Finally, I went on line and printed some logos to make the banners.
More Dirt Bike Cake Ideas
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