3D Car Cake

When I asked my soon-to-be-three-year-old what kind of cake he wanted he said “a car cake”. My mind raced (no pun intended) and at first I was thinking of maybe just drawing a car on the cake or something. Then I looked up ‘car cake’ online and holy cow. So many great ideas! I saw a bunch of great stuff but ended up doing something a little different and combining some ideas.

My main goal was to make it fun, with stuff I had on hand, and not to stress about it.

****DISCLAIMER. Everything I learned about making cakes has been either from the back of a cake box or watching WAY too much of Duff from Ace of Cakes.

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I started with two 9×13 sheets and 2 9″rounds and used my awesome cake batter recipe (I actually made brownies for one of the 9×13 sheets because that’s what I had. Yeah for more chocolaty goodness!)

I made a foil covered cardboard rectangle to put the cake on. Then I cut the 9×13 cake and half and put half down, then all the brownie sheet and then the rest of the cake 9×13 with frosting in between. I probably would have just put the 2 sheets by themselves but I was ‘making it work’ as Tim Gunn would say.

Then I shaved the dome off the top of the rounds (to make it all even) and cut them down the center. I iced and stacked the four half rounds and placed it on top of the 9x13s

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After stacking everything I cut some curves in the sides and back to make it a little more realistic. My husband gave me a lot of pointers as he watched me make a mess of my kitchen.

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I ‘dirty iced it’ and put on a thin layer of frosting to trap all those crumbs.

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After the first icing, I put it in the freezer overnight (you can do it for just a couple hours if needed)

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And at my son’s request I frosted it his favorite color, green. It took a little bit of time to get the right shade but turned out well. FYI for all the colors I used Wilton’s Food Coloring.

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Then just add some windows, piped on some headlights, oreos for the wheels, a frosting covered skewer for the antenna,

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and a little personalized license plate.

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Just perfect! This cake is delicious and though it’s huge and weighs a ton, it won’t last long, at least not in my house!

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****Funny side story. Upon coming back from errands I found my soon to be three year old had taken his candle and stabbed the top of cake repeatedly. Luckily I took pictures before. I had a feeling something like that might happen. Oh, the joys of toddlers!


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  1. Wow. I am seriously impressed!! It turned out so cute. Happy Birthday Levi!

  2. What a great cake, I have two soon-to-be 3 year olds and am exploring ideas to make them both happy. I haven't gotten THIS creative yet though, now I'm inspired!

  3. So cute! And so wonderful to create such nice memories for your son! Great to see you again at Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you around more!
    all the best!

  4. Really cool cake.. sounds yum with the brownie layer too!

  5. I just came from browsing your shop and LOVE your jewelry. You have some beautiful pieces!

    This cake is adorable and would love to have you link with my little boy party going on today.

  6. That is such a great cake! How much fun was that for your son. It turned out so well. Get Your Craft on Thurs.

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