Making a Cake in the Shape of a Car

I want to make a cake that is in the shape of a car or race car for his 1st birthday party! I am going to use the little diecast cars as the theme and I am needed some ideas on how to make a cake in the shape of a car! I have never done this before and I would love to have any ideas that you have to give me! Thanks!!


September 8, 20040 found this helpful

Don't know if this would help you or not, but I remember years back there was an episode of Reading Rainbow where they made a sportscar cake. Of course the guy doing it was a professional and had all kinds of tools (like an airbrush), but I bet you could make a pretty good car if you wanted to. I think they made a triple layer cake, then cut away parts off the "block" to make the car shape.

Don't know how much cake decorating you've done, but I would recommend freezing the cake before you start cutting it. If it thaws too much during the sculpting process, you maybe ought to freeze it again before frosting it (brush away all the excess crumbs first) so you don't get too many crumbs in the frosting.

I know our public library carries at least some of the Reading Rainbow episodes. Maybe you could check it out on VHS and watch how they do it.

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September 8, 20040 found this helpful

The easiest? Buy the Wilton car pan.

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September 8, 20040 found this helpful

My name is Margaret and I live in Denton, Texas. I have a couple of books of cut up party cakes. I have found (in them) a couple of pictures and instructions on making car cakes. If you trust me with your address I would be more than happy to mail you copies. Let me know. My e-mail address is: margarett (at) juno (dot) com

:-) Margaret

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September 8, 20040 found this helpful

Make a template with cardboard in the shape of a car. You could also cut out where the side windows are (don't cut all of the cake out of the hole...leave some as a base) then make some blue jell-o using only half of the water needed, like for jigglers, pour into the "windows" and refrigerate until set. Then frost the rest of the cake with car design.

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September 10, 20040 found this helpful

You could also make a racetrack cake and use a couple of the small cars on it. To make this cake you bake a 9X13 cake. After it cools, lay an 8" plate on half of the cake and cut around about 3/4 of it with a sharp knife. Then lay the plate on the other half of the cake and cut around it again. Discard the scraps. This should make a racetrack in the shap of an "8".

To decorate: Frost cake all over w/ white frosting. Sprinkle green sugar around the edges for grass. Then spread chocolate frosting inside the green to make the racetrack leaving some white in the center. Use fruit chews rolled out or fruit rolls, write start and finish on them and place on track also cut some triangles and press on toothpicks to make flags. Press mini-m&ms into sides of the cake. You can also pipe a white line around the edge and between the green and brown and brown and white areas of the cake to help show the seperate parts of the track.

The recipe says you will need 1 can of white frosting and 1 can of chocolate frosting (can is 16oz).

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June 27, 20070 found this helpful

I want to make a cake in the shape of a mini (classic) can anyone help with some ideas?? If so please email me at heather.williams AT

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