Disney's Pixar animated feature film "Cars" followed the life of an anthropomorphic race car named Lightning McQueen. The movie became popular with little boys and girls alike. If your little "Cars" fan wants a themed birthday party, you can use the movie as the theme and make a special cake using frosting and plastic toys.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Cake mix
- 8-inch by 13-inch baking dish
- Cardboard cake board
- Serrated knife
- Waxed paper
- Offset spatula
- Piping bag
- Three ice cream cones
- Car toys
Prepare and bake a cake using your prefer homemade cake recipe or store-bought cake mix. Bake the cake in an 8-inch-by-13-inch baking dish. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan. Removing it before it cools may result in the cake ripping and tearing.
Place the cooled cake on a cardboard cake board. If the top of the cake is not flat, use a serrated knife to remove the top layer of the cake to level it. Brush away any crumbs.
Put four pieces of waxed paper under the edges of the cake. The pieces should sit under the cake 1-inch and extend out from all sides 2-inches. This helps prevent messy frosting on the cake display.
Frost the cake using coloured frosting and an offset spatula. Place a black strip down the centre of the cake that is 4-inches wide. On either side of the black strip, frost the cake with green frosting. The black is a road and the green is grass. Another option for the grass is to use a piping bag to pipe the grass on.
Fill a piping bag, or zip top bag with a corner cup off, with white frosting. Pipe 1-inch lines down the centre of the black road to create lanes.
Turn three sugar cone ice cream cones upside down. Place them on the cake in the green frosting. You can place all three grouped together, or place them in random places based on your preference. Cover the ice cream cones with green frosting. Leave the bottom 1/2 inch of the cone unfrosted. This creates trees.
Place several plastic toys from the movie "Cars" on the cake. Put them on the black road you created with frosting. If you don't have toys from the movie, other small toy cars will suffice.
Tips and warnings
- Instead of covering the cake in coloured frosting, consider using coloured, rolled fondant.
- If you have the sculpting skills, instead of using plastic toys, make the characters from "Cars" using modelling chocolate or gum paste.
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