This was my first attempt to carve a Tow Mater cake from scratch without molds. I used some of the ideas from others on this page. I used a 12×18 sheet cake for the bottom (decorate and frost last). I used four 9×13 rectangle cakes stacked up and carved a tow truck shape from it. Once carved, I moved the tow truck onto the sheet cake. (You don’t want to decorate and then try to move it onto the sheet cake later). I used buttercream for the entire cake. Colors included green, white, blue, orange, black and yellow). I used small gem donuts for the four wheels and used black frosting to cover it. All designs are piped with the larger star tip.
Tow truck accessories: Kit Kat bars for the beams on the back (five needed), three kit Kat’s stuck together, broken in half for the engine in front, one Reese’s peanut butter cup to place on top of the three halves of Kit Kats, Licorice Twizzlers pull and peel for the tow line (I used cherry since my nephew doesn’t like black licorice, but you would use black), empty thread spool to wrap licorice around, Twix for the longest extension on his back, Gum paste for his buck teeth ( you only need a small amount rolled out and cut in the shape of teeth, allow to dry and harden and then stick in the cake).
After I got done with frosting the tow truck and adding accessories I frosted green buttercream for the bottom (don’t worry about making it smooth); he’s sitting on grass so you want it mixed with cake crumbs ( to look like dirt); then I used the grass tip to pipe grass around the different areas.