Disney's movie, "Cars," features a happy-go-lucky tow truck named "Mater." Whether you are hosting a Cars-themed party or a Mater-themed party, there needs to be a cake that celebrates this lovable truck. Select a type of cake based not only on your skill level, but the amount of time you have to devote toward creating a speciality cake.
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A sculpted 3D cake is the most difficult type of cake you can make. This type of cake involves an edible 3D tow truck that looks just like Mater. This can be created by carving sheet cakes down and stacking them together to form a tow truck shape. For stability, this type of cake needs to be covered in fondant. Try creating a 3D Mater cake with Mater sitting on a roadway or even a grassy lot.
Sheet Cake Characters
Sheet cakes are a faster way to produce a character cake and your local bakery can help get you started. Purchase a pre-made and frosted sheet cake from your local bakery or create one at home. Print out a picture of Mater from your computer and trace it onto a sheet of waxed paper. Place the waxed paper over the cake and outline it using a toothpick. Ensure that you press into the waxed paper enough to make an imprint on the top of the cake. Lift up the waxed paper and use decorator bags full of icing to fill in your Mater character on the sheet cake. If you do not have the time to outline and fill in the character on your cake, visit your local bakery or cake decorating shop with a picture of Mater. Have them print out an edible photograph using rice paper and edible ink that you can place on top of the cake.
A cake does not have to be a full-size cake; it can be a bite-size cupcake as well. Create Mater-themed cupcakes by using brown, rust and green cupcake liners. Top your cupcakes with colourful frosting and finish each one off with Mater cupcake rings.
Toys and Toppers
Toys and cake toppers can be a finishing touch for any cake. Create a two-tiered Mater birthday cake with roadways, grass and other Cars characters drawn onto the outside of the cake. Purchase a Mater tow truck cake topper or toy from your local store and place it on top of the cake to finish it. Use this same method to decorate sheet cakes or small rounds and save yourself some cake decorating time on party day.
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