In my whole cake lifetime I have made three actual car cakes including this one below. The first one was for my birthday almost six years ago and the second one was almost a year after for a client. If I am honest, I usually turn down car orders because they are extremely time consuming, challenging, and clients generally don’t want to splurge that much on a car shaped cake. The most annoying thing about car cakes (and cakes that are supposed to be a replica of anything really!)? If you don’t get the proportions right, it ends up looking like a whole other model!
But a couple of weeks ago, I got a request for a car cake. I don’t do orders anymore but the client came highly recommended from a friend… I was also up for a challenge so I thought why not? It could be fun to create something out my comfort zone once in awhile 🙂 I took some photos along the way so you can get an idea of the process and witness how differently I worked on the second car cake compared to this one. I mean I actually had to do maths and ratios for that second cake! This one was much easier because I invested in the blueprints 🙂
Gathering and printing all (side, front, back and top) the templates to actual size can be quite time consuming but so worth it! Using all of this will ensure that you keep your car in proportion. Here is where I purchased the blueprints of this particular car from.
I finally got to use the Sugar Shapers I got from Innovative Sugarworks last year for this project and it was a life saver! It made marking and indenting the curves and corners of the cake much easier. The guys at Innovative Sugarworks have also been kind enough to offer my readers a 5% discount on their products too! Just use the code ‘WEELOVEBAKING’ before you check out 🙂 In case you are wondering, I used the firm tipped ones here.
I used acetate plastic for the windscreen because it was quick and easy but if you are interested in learning how to make the wind screen out of gelatine, you should check out the car class on Craftsy by Mike McCary – it really is a fantastic class filled with so many techniques.
Add elements to represent the the birthday boy’s job and hobbies and Ta-Da!
If you are interested in learning how to make a car cake in full HD video detail check out Mike McCary’s class. I’ve personally attended his class and I can tell you he is really amazing and you will learn lots 🙂
And if you’re looking for a recipe, remember we have a cake recipe calculator on my site with all the recipes from my book! I recommend chocolate mud cake for any carved cakes like this since it’s denser.