I used a great Madeira Cake recipe for the Police Car Birthday Cake (see below). It’s firm enough to cut and model and as a bonus it improves in flavour over time – so perfect to make several days in advance. Just wrap it in tin-foil to keep it fresh until iced.

I baked it in a normal loaf tin and then used a sharp knife to cut it up to try and make a car shape. Basically 1/4 of the cake was sliced off the loaf and then this was cut at an angle on one side to make the windscreen side. The bits of cake were then “glued” together using butter icing.

I then cheated and bought ready rolled icing for the decoration (this was my fist time at cake decorating!) and it was SO EASY! Just smear cake in butter icing, drape the icing over the top and trim with a sharp knife. Then simply decorate with coloured icing pens (all available at your local supermarket) and liquorice circles for tasty wheels (stuck on with butter icing). And voila! My own birthday cake masterpiece.

Madeira Cake recipe used was as follows:

Pre-heat Oven to 170oC

170g unsalted butter

170g caster sugar

1 orange zested (grate the outside)

1 lemon zested + it’s juice

4 eggs

170g plain sifted flour

1 pinch salt

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Beat butter + sugar + zest until fluffy

Add eggs one at a time

Add lemon juice

Add flour + salt + baking powder

Pour into greased baking tin

Cook for 1 hour

Cool then foil wrap until needed.