It's a Dirt Bike Racing Cake!
This cake was fun to make! As much as I generally dread buttercream cakes - I was really looking forward to this one! It didn't have to be perfect - in fact it needed to be a little messy.
It also sort of made me reminisce about my childhood. It might surprise you to know that I got my first dirt bike for my 12th birthday and it sparked in me a love of motorcycles! Sadly I haven't ridden one since college - but I would ride again in a heartbeat!
Anywho... I knew I wanted this cake to be rough and somewhat wonky, so I started with 4 different sized cakes. I baked 6", 7", 8" and 9" round cakes. Then I stacked them randomly and filled and crumb-coated them.
This is a photo of the cake when I first stacked it up. After tossing around a few ideas, I decided to carve the top and make it angled (or wonky or topsy-turvy)... so this is the next shape I ended up with:
I doweled it, then covered it with (brown) vanilla icing. Weird, huh? Making icing brown that is not chocolate always seems strange to me... it's just supposed to be chocolate 😉
Anywho... after that, I started piling on the brown icing and making a "path" for the bikes. I had to build it up in a few places and carve a little down here and there but for the most part, I stuck to the shape created with the cakes.
I also added some cake ball dough to the bottom to build it up around the base, then I added more "dirt" frosting over that. For the extra sand texture, I used graham cracker crumbs, and I used these jelly rocks ( jelly beans) for all of the rocks.
You might notice from the first picture to these last ones that the brown icing is much darker. Before I added the final (outside) layer of frosting, I added a couple of different shades of brown coloring and a touch of black. Then it all darkened overnight to what you see here.
I made all of the flags out of paper and craft string and dowel rods and I bought the dirt bikes on Amazon.
Here's a picture from the other side (or the back - sort of)... just so you get an idea of the whole shape. The path truly when all the way around and up the cake without stopping.
Sorry about the background... I kept trying different things and I never really liked any of the backgrounds for this cake.
The cakes were vanilla cake and I think that's all I can tell you!
Do you have any questions about this cake? Leave me a comment or question and I'll help out if I can!