A car cake can make a great celebration cake for a boy or man at any age. Be it a six-year-old boy or a 60-year-old man he sure loves his car. This simple, easy and effortless car cake tutorial can be used to carve the car cake no matter which car brand or make you choose, and no matter how big or small the cake size you need.
Here's another cake that so versatile. No matter what age most men (and some women) love their cars. In fact, I know a few who are obsessed with their cars.
Today's' Tip has been shared by the lovely Sarah Clark of The Cake Tin. If you don't know Sarah you are missing out on some really gorgeous cakes. Not to mention how amazing she herself is. You can visit Sarah on her website here - The Cake Tin Website or The Cake Tin Facebook Page.
This is Sarah with her awesome Rudolf cake
Here is a little Bio Sarah sent me - I live in Rotorua, New Zealand and have run my own home-based business for the last 3 years after discovering a passion for cakes. Prior to that, I was a chef for 17 years. I am a Mum of 2 kids who are 7 and 4 years old and I have a fabulous husband who is super supportive of my crazy caking obsession.
My motto is “It’s fun to do the impossible” which is a Walt Disney quote. It seems so apt when so much of what we do is about pushing ourselves to be better and do things that scare us.
Car Cake Tutorial - Carving a Cake Cake the easy way (pin)
When you make a car cake it is easy to lose the shape of the car as you carve. So here are a few tips and progress pictures that might help you.
Here I am carving a Beetles but any car shape with the same template will work as well.
By having two identical sides of the car in paper form as a template makes things much easier.
- Stack up your cakes into roughly the correct shape. Use toothpicks to place your pictures onto the sides of the cake taking care to ensure they are aligned correctly.
- Using a serrated knife start carving away the cake. Do small amounts at a time as this can reduce the risk of carving too much away.
- Once you have the body shape, place the roof on and see if the shape you need is right.
- Place toothpicks through the paper on the cake, where the chassis is curved so that you get the right places to carve away.
- Remove the paper and gradually sculpt the car so that it is the correct shape.
- Once it is the right shape Ganache and then you are all ready to ice and decorate.
And voila your Car Cake is perfectly carved. This is the finished Beetles Cake.
Thank you, Sarah.
My yellow Lamborgini cake for my son Aadi
I have used Sarah's tutorial myself in a few of my cakes. This is a Lamborghini cake I made for my Aadi not long ago.
Well, we started with the picture and template of a Lamborghini but as you can see from the video and then the pictures that my son kept changing his mind over the design. So, I could not really do justice to the cake or the tutorial.
It was his cake and I wanted it to be what he wanted. Having said that I still shared the beginning carving of the cake with you and below I have given you a detailed step by step on how I made this cake.
You can also see a short video on how I carved the cake using my template.
Here are a few more image of my car cake.
10 Tip for carving a car cake
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- Search and print the template from google. Print it to the size you want the cake to be
- Bake the cake and cool it completely - then freeze it for an hour or two (no more)
- Using your template carve the cake as shown in the video.
- Once carve - crumb coat and chill in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes
- Check again to see if more carving is needed. If necessary you can use excess cake to patch places that need to be filled in.
- Coat with more frosting make sure not to fill the design - gaps, and holes you've made
- Chill the cake again for an hour
- I added the back and side fondant pieces first to create an embossed or bumped look then covered the cake in fondant.
- Based on your design cover the cake with fondant.
- I used white then airbrushed the cake in yellow but its' best to use a colored fondant.
- Complete the design - front and back glass, doors, wheels, etc.
- Here you can see I have added the black fondant
- Added the front elements of the car and used silver luster dust for a metallic look
- The pattern for the back based on my car design
- More details on the back.
- Finally the wheels of the car
- The finished cake