How to make a motorcycle birthday cake

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How to make a motorcycle birthday cake
Decorate a cake for any motorcycle lover. (motorcycle image by Bionic Media from Fotolia.com)

Bake a birthday cake for any motorcycle lover, whether he's 4 or 84, and it's bound to be a hit. This cake does not require construction skills, but it still makes a fitting showpiece for a motorcycle-themed birthday party. Start with a colouring book page and waxed paper to have everyone thinking that you are a professional cake decorator.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 9-by-14 sheet cake, baked and cooled
  • 2 454gr. cans white cake icing
  • Offset spatula
  • Motorcycle colouring book image or outline
  • Waxed paper
  • Permanent marker
  • Toothpick
  • 1 tube black decorator icing
  • Food colouring
  • Small bowls (1 per colour)
  • Artist's paint brushes (1 per bowl)
  • 1 to 2 tbsps. milk (optional)
  • Birthday candles
  • Small toy motorcycle (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Using the spatula, spread one can of white cake icing over the top and sides of a baked and cooled 9-by-14 sheet cake.

  2. 2

    Lay the motorcycle image on a flat working surface, and set the sheet of waxed paper on top of the image.

  3. 3

    Trace the outline of the motorcycle on the waxed paper with a permanent marker.

  4. 4

    Lay the waxed paper on top of the iced cake, and trace the outline of the image with a toothpick to create a light impression of the motorcycle image in the cake icing.

  5. 5

    Remove the waxed paper, and trace the outline of the motorcycle on the frosted cake with a tube of black decorator icing.

  6. 6

    Use the black decorator icing to write "Happy Birthday" on an open area of the cake.

  7. 7

    Evenly divide the remaining can of white cake frosting in two or three bowls.

  8. 8

    Add food colouring to each of the bowls, and stir into the frosting until you have the two or three colours.

  9. 9

    Use an artist's brush for each colour to spread the coloured icing in the outlined motorcycle as you would paint a picture. Dilute the icing in the bowls with 1 to 2 tbsps. milk if the icing is too thick to spread.

  10. 10

    Insert candles, and set an optional motorcycle toy on top of the cake before serving.

Tips and warnings

  • Look at cake supply stores for an offset spatula, which has an angled head designed for applying frosting to a cake. Use a regular spatula or even a butter spreader to frost the cake if you don't have an offset spatula.

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