I started the Tow Mater birthday cake with a Wilton 3-D Cruiser cake pan and a 4×8 loaf pan. I used a pound cake recipe as the texture makes it easier to cut and trim. I cut the Cruiser cake just behind the front window and attached the loaf cake with a dowel rod from front to back.
I iced the cake with a thin layer of tinted buttercream then covered with stars. The only inedible part of the cake are the tires and the tow crane. The teeth, side mirrors and back panels are molded candy melts. The eyes are gummy eyeballs with the whites cut off. I attached the tires to pretzel sticks with melted candy and pushed them through the cake.
The tow crane was attached to a dowel rod with hot glue and pushed through the loaf cake to give it better support. The one headlight, break lights and emergency lights on the cab roof are candies. The oil filter is an up-side down Reese’s cup.
Though quite labor intensive, it was the hit of the 40th birthday party for a race car driver.