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How to Make a Cake Car

Updated on December 18, 2014

How to Make a Cake Car | How to Make a Cake Car Topper

Here is a tutorial on how to make a cake car . I was recently asked to make a cake car topper for a 50th birthday cake. I have a hard time drawing a car let alone making a cake look like a car! Like most people, when I have a problem I Google it to find my answer.

I came acrossed a couple of tutorials on how to make a cake car but I needed to make a 2010 Camaro cake car topper. I eventually had to flip back and forth between different pages and pictures to help me make my topper. I thought it was a pain in the rear to continuously flip between different web pages so I figured I'd make my own tutorial.

I decided to make my cake car topper out of rice krispy treats but the same principal can be applied with cake.

Rice krispy treats recipe
Rice krispy treats recipe

Rice Krispy Treats Recipe

How to Make Rice Krispy Treats

Here is the Original Rice Krispy Tearts Recipe

3 tablespoons butter or margarine

1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows

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4 cups miniature marshmallows

6 cups Rice Krispies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG'S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

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To make the rice krispies a little smoother measure out the 6 c and put in a plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to break up the rice krispies a bit. DON'Tmake them into dust, just crunch them up a little bit.

Making Rice Krispy Treats into a Car

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Once your rice krispies are made grease your hands well and place rice krispies into a loaf pan. Let stand for 15-30 mins, pop out of pan and let harden. I let mine sit out for an hour.

Shaping Your Cake Car Topper - How to Start Making Your Cake Car

How to carve a cake car
How to carve a cake car

After your rice krispies have sat out to firm up, cut out the picture of the car you want to carve. Place the car cut out on the rice krispies.

Making a Cake Car Tools

You'll need some tools to help you make your cake car.

How to Carve Car Cake Topper

How to crave a cake car
How to crave a cake car

Use a serrated knife to carve your car. Follow the line of your car cut out. If you make a mistake just squish the rice krispies back together.

Add any protruding details to the car ie) spoilers, indents ect.

Cut out your wheel wells.

Use the cut off pieces of rice krispies treats (RKT) to make your wheels, make them smaller than the actual holes as you will be putting fondant on them. I forgot about adding the fondant so my wells looked a little oversized!

Once you have your car carved, cut a pieceof cake board to fit underneath the car, attach with royal icing.

Fondant Kits to Help you get Started

Covering Cake Car with Fondant - Step One: Buttercream Icing the Cake Car

how to cover cake car with fondant
how to cover cake car with fondant

Before you put your fondant on your cake car you must cover the car in buttercream icing. This acts as a "glue" for your fondant. It also helps to make the car have a smoother finish.

Cover your wheels with buttercream as well.

Buttercream Icing Recipe

Covering Your Cake Car with Fondant - Step Two: Applying the Fondant

Cocering your cake car with fondant
Cocering your cake car with fondant

Roll your fondant out no more than a 1/4" in thickness. You need the fondant to be a little thicker than you would use to put on a cake. Having the fondant thicker will help with a smoother finish but it also makes drawing details on your car easier. Cover wheels with black fondant. I bought my black fondant as it takes some time to get the fondant a real black.

Smoothe out fondant with clean fingers.

Here is a really easy Fondant Recipe

Drawing the Details on Your Car

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Once the car is covered in fondant start drawing on the details. Trace out windows, hood, lights, doors, trunk ect

Adding Tires and Windows to Your Cake Car

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Start adding details to your Car. I added the wheels first then started adding windows, bumper details, lights. Use royal icing to attach the wheels.

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IF YOU ARE USING BLACK FONDANT FOR DETAILS ON YOUR CAR WEAR GLOVES!!! The black fondant will tint your fingers black and this WILL transfer to your car fondant when you touch it.

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Adding more details.

Continue Adding Details

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Personalize the car.

I wish I had Edible Markers to write on the license plate number, it would have made it look so much neater. I had to use food gel and a tooth pick. They'll be one of my next investments!

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Add rims to the wheels.

To get the "chrome" look I used gray fondant as my base. I used pearl luster dust milxed with vodka and a little bit of black food gel and painted it on.

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Completed Cake Car Topper

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Once you have finished your topper let it dry for a day or two depending on the heat and humidity. It was very humid when I made this so my fondant looked wet.

When your topper is dry use royal icing to attach to the top of your cake.

Completed Cake

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      gt001 4 years ago

      @anonymous: 6" and 8" rounds :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been fretting about doing something like this for weeks. I cant believe you have made it look so easy. Thank you

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      gt001 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Ginger,

      I used a 9"x5" loaf pan for the car. Hope that helps.

      Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      for the cakes, what size pans did you use?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have just made a Porsche 968 out of the rice krispies and it is awesome, now I cannot wait until I give it to my boyfriend, thankyou, very concise details and so easy to follow.

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      gt001 5 years ago

      Thank-you :)

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      Easy1234 5 years ago

      Awesome Cake! Love your work!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have also been looking everywhere for a car topper tutorial and am so glad that i have found yours! Thank you very much - this is going to be a great help

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      gt001 6 years ago

      I'm glad this tutorial has helped a few people! Thanks for all the kind words :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great instructions and pictures! I'm just about to make my dad a replica of a vintage car he restored - I'm putting it on his 80th Birthday Cake! Wish me luck and thanks again for your fantastic instructions!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the tutorial! I need to make a car for a groom's cake and was a little intimidated by the thought of it and not knowing where to start. Now I am ready to jump right in and get it done!

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I think your cake car came out really cute. I'll bet John from Ontario was tickled to death with it. Thanks for including the techniques you used. Wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a cute cake. Thank you for the help, I am going to do a car like this today.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome!!!! What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing your lens ;)