Easy Race Car Cake
Jamie here! If you have little boys, at some point in time you will likely end up making a race car cake. This ^^ is NOT the cake I made for my 6 year old’s birthday party, but it is the cake he wanted for his 6th birthday. I hate the taste of grocery-store cakes almost as much as I hate paying for them, so I decided to make my own race car cake.
Anyone can do this figure-8 track, since it doesn’t require special cake pans, or any kind of artistic talent whatsoever. Here’s the cake and the how-to:
Easy Race Car Cake
- Bake 2 round cakes using one cake mix. (If feeding a larger crowd, use 2 cake mixes, bake 4 rounds, and stack them.)
- Set them side-by-side and shave off a bit of the edge of one round, so that the other round can fit into it like a puzzle.
- Make 1 batch of buttercream icing*. Leave about 1/2 cup white, and dye the rest green.
- Pipe or spread the green icing to cover the whole cake.
- Put several Oreos or other chocolate cookies (minus the cream filling – I’m sure you can think of some great ways to get rid of that 😉 ) in a ziploc bag and use a rolling pin or a glass to crush them. Put crumbs in a cup, and pour slowly into a figure 8 pattern, pressing into the icing as you go. I put a small bowl in the center of the cake to give me a good circle outline to pour around. After all your pouring and pressing, it still won’t have a perfect edge, but that’s where your white icing comes in.
- Pipe white icing to outline your track, and add little road lines while you’re at it.
- Stick some cool new cars on top, that will double as presents later!
Since the party had a race car theme, we made a pin-the-tail type game for the neighborhood kids to play. We used a big posterboard and made a race track on it. The Finish Line was the target, and all the kids got micro machines with a wad of packing tape rolled underneath. Blindfold, spin, and send them wobbling towards the prize. If you don’t have micro-machines, obviously paper cars will work fine.
*Easy Buttercream Icing
- 1 lb confectioner’s sugar
- 1 stick butter or margarine
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3-5 tbsp. of milk
Soften butter at room temp for awhile, or set on the stovetop while the oven preheats- don’t get it too melty though. Beat the powdered sugar into the butter+milk a bit at a time, so you don’t find yourself in a powder cloud. Add the vanilla. If it’s still too dry, put in another spoon of milk.