Sunday, January 16, 2011

Race Car Track Cake

For Jake’s birthday I decided to make a race car track cake.  I found a couple pictures online and went from there.  Here is a step-by-step of the process I went through.

First up was baking the cake.  Since I knew I was going to spend quite a bit of time on the decorating I decided to go with a box cake mix (devil’s food).  I made two boxes (4) 9” rounds on Saturday night and let them cool overnight.  They were not quite equal in height, so I cut the tops off to make them level. 


Then I put one cake on top of another and cut out a curve so they would fit together without any gaps.  After that I added a layer of frosting between the two layers.


Next up was a crumb coat.  This is a thin layer of frosting that coats all the crumbs and helps when frosting it later.


I needed to freeze it for a while and the freezer was full, so I utilized the outside temperature of 15F. 


Now it was time for the frosting.  I frosted the sides first with green frosting and went up to the top about a half inch.  Then I added a layer of black on top and smoothed it out. 


Then a layer of grass in the middle of each circle and along the bottom.  I bought a new tip from Wilton for the grass and I think it worked really well.  I also used a darker and lighter green in the same pastry bag to make the grass look more dimensional. 


I added a white border and white lines to make the road.


To finish it off I found these cars at the dollar store.


Black and white flags and a number 2 candle made it complete!


I think Jake liked it!



Jenny said...

Shelly you have such talent and patience! It looked awesome and tasted great too!

Anonymous said...

I liked the cake, especially the grass. It tasted good too.