Baking - Desserts, Decorating

4th Birthday Party!

My daughter recently celebrated her 4th birthday, how time flies! You may remember back in February I made a blue race car cake for a friend of ours (check it out here). Well, ever since then my daughter has been saying that she also wanted a race car cake for her birthday, except she wanted it to be pink…5 months of her asking about this pink race car cake! And her biggest emphasis was on the cookie wheels. I think she really just wanted the cake for the wheels. I probably could have just made a whole bunch of fondant covered Oreos and she would have been satisfied. But I digress.

So I brought out the race car design, changed the lightening bolts to flowers, and voila, little girl’s 4th birthday pink race car cake was created. It was kind of nice to do a design I’d already made, a lot less legwork. And I also knew how to improve it. For example, tripling the cake recipe instead of just doubling it, so that the car wouldn’t be quite so squat! It still took a while to make, but definitely went faster the second time around.

I won’t go into a lot of detail, you can read that on the blue race car cake post, but I will post some pictures of the pink race car cake, including the cookie wheels!

You can check out her previous birthday cakes here:

1st Birthday

2nd birthday

3rd Birthday

Baking - Desserts, Decorating

Race Car Cake

I recently started looking after children in our home (in addition to our own), and one of our new friends celebrated his third birthday on the weekend. I had offered to make his cake, and the overwhelming consensus was that he wanted a blue race car cake.

I looked up a few ideas online, looking at whether to do a full sized car, or do a landscape with cars on top, and decided to go for the whole car. Partly because as I was looking I saw one that used Oreo cookies for wheels and thought that was a brilliant idea! As the design took shape I thought that having plain Oreo cookies wouldn’t match the rest of the fondant covered cake, so I experimented with fondant covered Oreos, as you saw in my post from a few days ago.

I baked the cake in a 16-inch round pan, then cut the sides off and used those side pieces to build up the top of the cake (the windows of the car). This worked well because it gave me the curves and contours for the front of the car and the windshield.

I made all the fondant pieces ahead of time, measuring against the cake as I went to make sure they’d fit, so it was pretty straightforward to assemble once all the pieces were done. I brushed on a mix of meringue powder and water to ‘glue’ some sugar glitter on the windows, lights and lightening bolts, and then to stick them to the blue fondant that coated the whole car. The wheels were bulkier, so I made a black royal icing to glue those in place.

I was pretty happy with the results, although the car was a little squat (especially once the wheels were attached!), so if I were to do it again I would make a bigger cake batch to raise it a bit higher. But it seemed to be a hit with the birthday boy, and that for me was the best part!