Cars are a popular birthday theme for younger children. The Disney/Pixar movie, "Cars" has heightened the popularity of this theme. If you're having a cars birthday party, one of the most important elements is the birthday cake. You don't have to be a professional baker to make the perfect car cake; you just need your imagination.
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One way to make a cars cake is to trace a photo of your child's favourite type of car onto a cake and cut it out with a serrated knife. Find a picture online of that type of car. If you're child is a fan of the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars," model the cake after a character from the movie. Find these pictures online on websites such as Disney.go.com/Cars. Print the picture and cut it out. Use a toothpick to trace the picture onto the cake.
Colour the cake in with icing, following the colours on the picture that you printed. When the colours are complete, use black gel icing to create clear lines and sharpen the divide between the different areas of the car. Use icing to create the car's eyes and mouth. If you have trouble doing this freehand, draw these details on with the toothpick before you begin the icing process.
A racetrack is one of the easiest ways to make a car-themed cake. To make this cake, start with a simple sheet cake in any flavour. Ice the entire cake in green icing. There is a special icing tip made for cake decorating, tip #133, that can be used to make the grass look more realistic.
Once the grass is made, use black icing to make a racetrack pattern on the cake. If possible, make the cake into the shape of the age that the birthday boy is turning, such as "8" or "3." Use white icing to make dashes down the centre of the race car track. Place toy cars along the track. Be sure to put the birthday boy's favourite car in the lead to make sure he's winning. Somewhere in the grass of the cake, use frosting to write, "Happy Birthday."
"Cars" Cake Pan
If you don't feel comfortable cutting out your car cake freehand, use a Disney/Pixar "Cars" cake pan to easily make your cake. The "Cars" cake pan is modelled after the main character in the movie, Lightning McQueen. The cake pan makes a cake that is about 13 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep. It comes with full decorating instructions, so you'll know where to put the different icing colours.
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