Car Birthday Cake
Car Birthday Cake
1 package pound cake mix
3/4 cup water or milk
1-1/2 tubs vanilla ready-to-spread frosting
Tray or cardboard, 13x9 1/2 inches, covered
4 creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1 tube (0.68 ounce) black or brown decorating gel
Black and yellow licorice beans
1 white gum ball
2 red gum balls
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4
1/2x2 1/2 inches. Make cake mix as directed on package, using water
or milk and eggs. Pour into pans.
Bake 33 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes
out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool
completely, about 1 hour.
Cut and remove 3 inches from end of 1 loaf. Position pieces as shown
in diagram for desired automobile. Freeze cut pieces uncovered about
1 hour for easier frosting if desired.
Reserve 1/2 cup of the frosting. Tint remaining frosting with food
color. Place whole loaf on tray. Frost top with 1/3 cup tinted
frosting. Top with cut layer, positioning for desired car. Trim
corners for more rounded look if desired. Attach cookies for wheels,
using small amount of frosting. Draw outline of windows with sharp
knife. Frost windows and hubcaps with reserved white frosting. Frost
sides and top of car with remaining tinted frosting, building up
around wheels for fenders.
Outline windows, hood, doors and bumpers with decorating gel. Use
licorice beans for grill, door handles and signal lights. Cut gum
balls in half; use for headlights and taillights. Make spoke
markings on wheel with knife. Press 1 silver nonpareil in center of
each wheel. Use silver nonpareils for hood ornament if desired.
Silver nonpareils are not edible; remove them before eating cake.
Makes 14 servings
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