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Low Ride Baking

Making a cake for a car is ultimately about presentation. Because you can do far more with a limited budget on a cake than a car, this is clearly the way to impress. We made an active air suspension with controls for each corner of the cake, and 12 volt subwoofer, head and tail lights. But that stuff’s not edible. The recipe is for the edible part—you can figure out the custom stuff.


  • Quick Yellow (beige) Cake

  • 2.25 cups organic Flour

  • 1.33 cups Sugar

  • 3 teaspoons Baking powder

  • 0.5 teaspoon Salt

  • 0.5 cup organic Butter

  • 1 cup organic Milk

  • 2 organic Eggs

  • Icing

  • 0.33 cup Butter

  • 3 cups powdered Sugar

  • 0.25 cup Cream

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

  • Salt


  • Quick Yellow (beige) Cake:

  • 1.

    Go with any cake recipe you like that has good density and flavour.

  • 2.

    For this one, mix dry ingredients in a bowl, add butter, milk, and flavours (vanilla, etc.).

  • 3.

    Mix a minute, add eggs, then beat another minute.

  • 4.

    Pour into greased, floured pans.

  • 5.

    Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 F, 180 C, check middle with chopstick; if it comes out clean, it's ready.

  • Icing:

  • 1.

    You can make icing by beating butter and a little milk or cream together and adding sugar and flavour 1/3 cup of butter to 3 cups of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup of cream, 1 tsp vanilla, and a pinch of salt (1/4 tsp).

  • 2.

    Add colour or cooa to change the colour.

  • Assembly:

  • 1.

    Build the shape up by stacking parts that were baked whole or cut shapes from the loaves you made, using icing to cement them together.

  • 2.

    You can hide the pieces under a final coat of icing.

  • 3.

    Make icing bags by cutting the corner off a plastic sandwich bag, filling it with icing, and sealing it.

  • 4.

    Squeeze onto your car the details you want.

  • 5.

    Marzipan can be rolled out with a bottle and painted with food dye to make additional details.

  • 6.

    Chris made the windshield by placing hard round fruit candies in a touching grid on a nonstick baking sheet and baking them until they melted into a windshield (keep an eye, they melt quickly). score and break them, or melt them into the right shape.

  • 7.

    They flatten into a check pattern if you alternate colours.

  • 8.

    The more edible the parts, the more you get to eat.

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