Car themed cakes add flair to parties for racing fans, car buffs and children. If the cake recipient has a favourite race car driver, the driver's team colours or car number can be incorporated into the cake design for a personalised touch. Should it be a birthday cake, the year being celebrated could be drawn on the car in icing instead.
Bake the cake in a car-shaped cake pan
Pour cake batter into a greased and floured car-shaped cake pan and bake according to directions on the package. Let it cool in the pan, then turn it over onto a serving platter and decorate it with a coating of icing. Use an icing bag with a decorator tip to add accents in a complementary colour.
Cut and stack loaf cakes to make a car
Bake a cake in two 8-1/2 by 4-1/2 inch loaf pans. When cooled, put one of the baked cakes onto a serving platter. Cut a 3 by 4-1/2 inch rectangle from the other cake, and cut the top corner edge from the remaining end at an angle to create a windshield. Cover the whole bottom cake with frosting. Place the smaller cut rectangle centred on the bottom cake for a boxy truck. Place the larger rectangle with the top corner cut off on top of the bottom cake layer for a sedan or hatchback car. Cover the whole of the cake with frosting. Attach two chocolate cookies onto each of the long sides of the "car" to be "wheels". Spread one side of each cookie with frosting to act as glue to adhere it to the side of the cake (see Resources for a complete recipe).
Create an easy racetrack cake
Bake a cake in a plain tube pan. When cooled, turn over onto a platter. Cover the sides with any colour icing desired. Ice the top with black icing, and use white icing to outline the inner and outer portions of the top ring. Add a white icing dotted line all around the top of the cake over the black icing. This design will create a racetrack on top of the cake. Place small toy cars at intervals on top of the "track". This can also be done by drawing a large black icing oval in a rectangular cake and topping it with cars (see Resources for a link to a full recipe).