Herbie the Love Bug was a vehicle that was put into a few movies years and years ago. Most young children might have seen the "Herbie Fully Loaded," movie that starred Lindsey Lohan. For my younger brother's 3rd birthday, I thought hard about what I could make his cake look like, or a certain character I could use. One day he had come to me and asked me to make a Herbie the Love Bug Birthday Cake and I was extremely excited to get started.
To make the cake I had used a car shaped tin made for making cakes, vanilla frosting, red and blue fruit roll-ups, gray sprinkles, gum paste, and chocolate doughnut holes. Gum paste is a sticky but flexible and edible item you can shape into anything you want. For this cake we cut out circles and used black icing to write the numbers. We also used the gum paste to make the white outer ring on the tires or the doughnuts.
This cake was simple, fun, and easy to make. You can make this cake with any type of batter. (Vanilla, chocolate, etc.) However, it is better for you to use vanilla or any other light colored batter, so it is easier to cover with the vanilla frosting. All I can say is have fun making this cake!
My Herbie the Love Bug Birthday Cake was based on a recipe in the book Australian Kids' Birthday Cakes. A double quantity of cake mix was made and put in a 1 x 22cm round tin with the remainder put into a cupcake or muffin tin. I traced a template of the basic Herbie shape out and then laid it over the cake then took the tops off four cupcakes and took out a crescent to attach to the car as mudguards using toothpicks and icing.
The rest of the cupcakes were used to elevate the car and decorate the cake plate. Then I used a palette knife and butter icing (frosting) to cover the car. The stripes are sweet and sour licorice strips. The headlights are mini marshmallows cut in half while Herbie's number is a half marshmallow and the number is a black icing pen.
The lights are jelly beans and the trim around the windows is licorice strips. The wheels are Oreos. I did a trial cake before attempting this. The final cake took about four hours to make.
My son was over the moon with this for his third birthday. But he keeps finding the photos and wants another one for his fourth birthday (this time with Herbie's girlfriend from Fully Loaded!)
Two years after our first Herbie birthday cake, my son wanted to have another Herbie cake. This one had Herbie with his friend, the new yellow beetle.
The cars were actually cookies I decorated & they are driving around a chocolate bundt cake with green "grass" frosting. I ordered the stop light in the middle from a party supply website & my son now plays with it.