Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fun with flour and sugar

This has nothing to do with whole foods or organics, but it does have a lot to do with fun and making a five-year-old boy very very happy. My good friend's son had a birthday last week and I happily volunteered to make a cake. He wanted a race car theme which meant... a race car cake! I immediately went to the internet for help and found this great website:

All of the cakes on this website are homemade. All of the entries contain a picture and description of how they made the cake and decorations. There were a few different cakes I really liked and I ended up using ideas from 2 or 3 of them.

I started with four rectangular chocolate cakes. Trimmed the sides to make them fit nice and snug and frosted with vanilla buttercream.

Once I got the entire cake covered, I outlined the race track with the tip of a bamboo skewer.

Then I added some cocoa to the buttercreme to darken it and some black food coloring to make it look more like pavement. The color came out perfect, but I regret the black food coloring did not taste very good. Even though I started the coloring process with cocoa (quite delicious), the food coloring still left its mark (not so tasty).

I added some M&M's to the border of the track, both inside and outside.

Then I put a single layer of Oreo cookies around the base of the cake (this was a HUGE hit with the kiddies). I made the grass by putting a grass tip on some store bought green decorator icing (I think tip # 233).

I added 4 matchbox cars to the track after refrigerating it for awhile to firm up the frosting. I made a start line, added two flag toothpicks to each corner and the Happy Birthday candles.

Here is the finished product.

Happy Birthday Kevin! Looking forward to seeing what kind of cake you want next year!


Elizabeth said...

wow thats cool!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cake. Looking forward trying to make this cake for this weekend.Is that 4 9x13 sheet cakes stacked ??