I’ve said it before and not stuck to it, but this time, I’m serious. This 1965 Chevy Truck Cake is my last 3-D car/truck cake EVER! I was (mostly) happy with the way this one turned out, but it stressed me out so much that I swear – I’m never doing another!
In the past, I’ve been downright embarrassed by the truck and car cakes that I’ve done. In fact, a few weeks before making this cake, I made a car for another client and I cried when I delivered it – I was so upset with how awful it was.
My very gracious client didn’t complain even a little bit and said her son loved the cake. But those closest to me were honest with me… it was just baaaad.
You know what’s really sad?This 1965 Chevy Truck Cake wasn’t even real cake. It was edible, but I’d had such terrible luck with vehicle cakes in the past that this time, I told the client I’d make it, but it had to be Rice Krispies Treats – not actual cake.
1965 Chevy Truck Cake
And admittedly, that did make the process a little easier. But still… I just don’t have an eye to get the details, the proportions, the angles and nuances right for this kind of work.
Like I said, in the end I was happy with it and the client (and her daugther and new son-in-law) all loved it. But gosh it stressed me out – even more than the wedding cake. Or any wedding cake, for that matter!
Here’s the main picture I was given as inspiration for the cake:
The mother-of-the-bride, who ordered the cake wanted me to match the paint (or lack thereof) as much as possible. She sent me other pics, from the back and side so I had a lot to work with!
One thing that did make this cake easier was my discovery of Edible Art Paints. Ya’ll. This stuff is ah-mazing!! I was able to paint on modeling chocolate and it worked beautifully! It also works on fondant and gum paste!
You can order it directly from the source in Australia (they even have metallics!!) or you can also find it on Etsy here.
So let me give you a few details:
- I used a piece of styrofoam underneath the bottom and painted it black with Wilton Black Color Mist.
- Then I made the bulk of the “cake” with Rice Krispies Treats. Of course, you could buy premade Rice Krispies Treats as well.
- I covered the entire thin with modeling chocolate (–> see how to make Modeling Chocolate in this class for only $9.99!)
- Then I painted it with the Edible Art Paints.
- The tire mold was also ordered from Etsy (I think this is the exact one)
- I covered the board in white homemade marshmallow fondant, then I used a wood grain mat for texture and I painted it with brown and black paints. To finish it off, I painted it with Confectioners Glaze (<– that stuff ruins paint brushes – only use a cheap one you can throw away!)
- To finish it off, I wrapped the board with black ribbon secured with hot glue.
And that’s that! Do you have any questions about my 1965 Chevy Truck Cake? Leave me a comment! Also, you can shop some of the products I mentioned below and I’d love for you to PIN THIS!