Advice On Carving A Car Cake

Decorating By heavenlys Updated 1 Aug 2008 , 2:08am by Juny1980

 heavenlys  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
heavenlys Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 4:59pm
post #1 of 11

Hi I have been asked to make a police car grooms cake. I plan to carve the cake and it will be covered in fondant.

I just want everyone to know and I am not ashamed to admit that transportation cakes of any kind or my arch nemesis. I really dislike doing thembut when a bride comes to me and cries that noone else can do that kind of cake and pleassssse pleasssse make it for her I cave and buckle.

So if any one has any tips that could make it not so difficult I greatly appreciate it. Mayb I could learn to love prbbaly more like like trasportation.

TIA

10 replies
 Kitagrl  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
Kitagrl Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 5:08pm
post #2 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by heavenlys

Hi I have been asked to make a police car grooms cake. I plan to carve the cake and it will be covered in fondant.

I just want everyone to know and I am not ashamed to admit that transportation cakes of any kind or my arch nemesis. I really dislike doing thembut when a bride comes to me and cries that noone else can do that kind of cake and pleassssse pleasssse make it for her I cave and buckle.

So if any one has any tips that could make it not so difficult I greatly appreciate it. Mayb I could learn to love prbbaly more like like trasportation.

TIA




I hate car cakes too. icon_smile.gif I have a hard time getting into it. If they need more servings than the Wilton cruiser pan then I say just double stack some sheet cakes and take it a little at a time. I usually get a good photo off Google Images and do some rough measurements so I get the general proportions right, and then just carve away. My biggest problem has been this so far: I always carve it PERFECT before I put the icing and fondant on. BUT by the time I add all that stuff, the car becomes too chunky (you can see in my pix). So I suggest making it slightly too long/narrow/thin and then once you add all the other stuff it should be just right.

Have fun. I'm glad I don't have any more in the near future. haha. I almost totally gave up car cakes recently when my airbrush started sputtering and the slight black shadow I was trying to add to a yellow sports car ended up as thick black smudges. *sigh*

 inspireddecorator  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
inspireddecorator Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 5:27pm
post #3 of 11

I have only made one car and I too wasn't sure how to go about carving it. I made two 12" square cakes stacked. I started by cutting the back and then moved to the top and front. I had a picture of a car for reference of how the body would look. The car was probably 3/4 lengthwise of the square cake. The large part I cut off, I carved it and used for the hood as I realized that the body wouldn't be long enough, so I added on. It's just a lot of carving little by little until you get the look you want. But of course until I started to put fondant on it etc. I wasn't sure how it would turn out. Here is my car I did. Tires are flat. haha, didn't let them dry long enough.

Good luck and I know I wasn't much help. But if you want a drawing of how I did, I can give that to you.
LL

 Kitagrl  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
Kitagrl Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 5:55pm
post #4 of 11

You can put your car up on 2-3 thicknesses of cake boards in order to make it look a little "suspended" so the wheels will look all the way round... just wrap the layers in black foil or something so you can't see them.

 JulieB  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
JulieB Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 5:58pm
post #5 of 11

Inspired decorator, that is a great cake.

 Children  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
Children Posted 21 Jun 2008 , 6:11pm
post #6 of 11

Inspired Decorator

That cake is awesome. I would love if you would pm me with any instructions on that. Thanks. icon_razz.gif

 mamacc  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
mamacc Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 12:03am
post #7 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitagrl

You can put your car up on 2-3 thicknesses of cake boards in order to make it look a little "suspended" so the wheels will look all the way round... just wrap the layers in black foil or something so you can't see them.




That's what I do...cut a custom cake board for the car to sit on with notches for wheels. Then underneath that board I have a smaller rectangular shaped board (1-2 layers of foamcore)...which is wrapped in black so you don't see it.

 sugarshack  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
sugarshack Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 1:02am
post #8 of 11

email me for some pics that might help

 katwomen1up  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
katwomen1up Posted 22 Jun 2008 , 4:10am
post #9 of 11

Sorry to jump on the band wagon but I have a car cake to do next weekend and would appreciate all the help I can get. I've never worked with fondant either. Well once and I totally bombed. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,
Kathie

 amodeoandrea  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
amodeoandrea Posted 30 Jun 2008 , 3:02am
post #10 of 11

HA HA I had the same experience. I promised a bride a car too. Now I'm kicking myself for it! HELP!!!!!

 Juny1980  Cake Central Cake Decorator Profile
Juny1980 Posted 1 Aug 2008 , 2:08am
post #11 of 11

I just got an order for a car cake and I've NEVER made such a thing. Anyone got any ideas? Any tutorials? Anything would be GREATLY appreciated! I was thinking of using the WASC or Durable cake recipe to make this, but the carving is questionable. Please advise.

Thanks!!!!

Quote by @%username% on %date%

%body%