How to Make Swiss Roll Car Cakes

Updated February 21, 2017

Imagine a thin Devil's food cake covered with vanilla creme, rolled into a log and covered with chocolate icing. When sold in a snacking size, these Swiss rolls cakes form the basis for making car cakes for a party. For convenience, this uses a frozen pound cake thawed for the car body, but make your own homemade cake if desired.

Place the thawed pound cake on its side on a cutting board.

Using the car design template, cut the shape from the printed paper with scissors.

Lay the template on top of the pound cake to use as a guide, and cut the cake. Alternatively, use a free-form cutting technique to trim the pound cake into a car shape.

Spread icing over the exterior of the Swiss rolls to act as glue to hold them to the platter and hold the pound cake on top.

Arrange the two Swiss rolls on the cake platter parallel to each other and spaced 6 to 7 inches apart.

Gently set the pound cake on top of the two Swiss rolls so one cake lies under the front of the "car" and a second supports the rear of the "car".

Using food colouring, colour the vanilla icing to the desired tint for your car.

Spread the coloured icing over the pound cake with the spatula.

Make racing stripes by laying a piece of liquorice rope over the top of the car and down the length of the cake on two sides. Use the liquorice to shape a number for the roof or bonnet of the car cake if desired.

Set two of the wafer candies onto the front bumper of the car for headlights and two on the back bumper for tail lights.

Use additional candies to decorate as desired.


Little Debbie makes Swiss rolls, but other snack cake manufacturers have their own versions sold under different names. Look for a cylindrical chocolate-covered snack cake if Swiss rolls do not populate the shelves in your area.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 frozen pound cake, thawed
  • Cutting board
  • Printer (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Car design template (optional)
  • Cake platter
  • Knife
  • 2 Swiss roll snack cakes (see tips)
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Food colouring
  • Spatula
  • 2 to 4 liquorice ropes (or other rope candy)
  • 4 large flat, round wafer candies or small cookies
  • Additional candies for decorating (optional)
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