Your son’s birthday is coming up but you’re not a baker. If this sounds like you, there is good news! You don’t need to be a superb baker to create a great birthday cake. You simply need to have the necessary ingredients on hand and be able to follow simple directions.
• Ingredients and Materials:
o 2 boxes of cake mix
o 2 jars of white frosting
o Food coloring
o Eggs (see cake mix box for requirements)
o Water (see cake mix box for requirements)
o Oil (see cake mix box for requirements)
o Measuring cups
o Mixing bowls
o 9 x 9 baking pan
o 9 x 11 baking pan
o Aluminum foil
o Cutting board
o Ready to use tube of black frosting with different tips
o Mix the cake mixes one at a time. Follow the directions on the back of the box to mix and bake each cake. 1 cake will be 9 x 9, the other 9 x 11.
o Allow the cakes to cool on wire racks while you are mixing food coloring into the frosting. You can use different colors by setting aside frosting in a small bowl and mixing in the appropriate food coloring. Save some of the frosting white for the windows.
o Put wrap the 9 x 9 cake in the freezer.
o Cover a cutting board or something similar with aluminum foil and place the larger cake in the middle of the board.
o Using a spatula, or something similar, frost the top of the 9 x 11 cake.
o Remove the 9 x 9 cake from the freezer. Cut an angled piece off the smaller cake to form a windshield.
o Frost the windshield portion of the cake white. Frost the rest of the cake with the frosting you colored and set aside. You can also use white frosting for the wheels, if you do not want to use marshmallows.
o Using the black frosting, add the finer details like the wheels, windshield and the grill to the car. You can also turn the car into a race car by adding a number on the top and sides of the cake.
o Place marshmallows on the bottom cake for the wheels and outline them with the black frosting.
• Ingredients Materials:
o Cookie sheet
o Aluminum foil
o Cake mix
o White Frosting
o Ready to use black frosting
o Trees, stop signs, race cars, other racetrack decorations
o Masking tape
o Cupcake baking tin
o Blank white labels
o Mix the cake mix and bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the back of the box.
o Allow the cupcakes to cool.
o Cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil and the create road(s) with masking tape.
o Attach trees, stop signs and other racetrack decorations to the cookie sheet.
o Frost the cupcakes with the white frosting.
o Use the black frosting to paint road strips onto half of the cupcakes.
o The rest of the cupcakes will have racecars on them. To avoid getting frosting on the wheels, cut up labels, place the cars on the sticky side of the labels and place them on the cupcakes. The labels will soak up the frosting oil and leave the cars clean for the kids to take home.
o Place the cupcakes on the tapeline that you drew for the racetrack. You can place the cars in any order, such as two or three back to back and then a few road strips.