This Good Years Tire Cake is the perfect cake for a man (or woman) who loves cars or is in the auto industry! Or in this case, is celebrating a milestone birthday! Ed was celebrating 49 “good years” and loves his cars! His wife ordered this cake for him! Keep reading to find out the details of how I made it.
I don’t take a lot of last minute orders. But every now and then I get a request I can’t say “no” to. This was one of those times. When the client called, it was Thursday and she wanted to pick up the cake on Saturday afternoon. Talk about last minute!!
But when she sent the pic and it was a tire cake (and I only had one other order that weekend), I knew I had to say yes! I’d had this tire tread impression mat already for quite awhile and I’d only used it once (I think). Plus, my brother owns a tire shop so I thought it would be cool to show him as well.
So, here are the details:
How to Make the Good Years Tire Cake
This was an 8″ round vanilla bean cake (wedding cake recipe with vanilla bean paste in place of almond extract). It was baked in my favorite Magic Line pans, then cooled, filled and frosted with vanilla buttercream.
I’d haved loved to use the diamond plate texture mat with fondant to cover the board (I’d have used silver spray to make it SO cool!) BUT, since it was such short notice, I just wrapped the board in silver paper and used a red ribbon border (tutorial here) to make it pop!
For the center of the tire, I scooped out a small amount of cake in the center of the top to give the tire dimension. I re-frosted that “hole”, then I covered the cake in Satin Ice Black Fondant.
Next I rolled out a long piece of black fondant (approximately 25 inches long and 6 inches wide). Then I laid the tire tread impression mat over the fondant and used a rolling pin to press it down evenly. I had to move it a few times to get the texture covering the full length.
After measuring the height of the cake, I trimmed the tread to the correct height. Then rolled it up on a rolling pin and unrolled it around the cake. The soft fondant adhered to the cake pretty easily but if you have trouble with it sticking, you can use a light brush of shortening or water.
For the top of the cake, I used a round cookie cutter to cut out the “hub” from homemade marshmallow fondant, then I used large round piping tips to cut out the smaller circles. Silver edible spray was used to get it the shimmery silver color. After it dried, I centered it in the hole I’d made earlier.
The letters were done with alphabet cutters similar to these and the numbers were cut with cutters similar to these. I used homemade marshmallow fondant for the letters and Satin Ice for the red fondant.
Shop Tire Cake Supplies here:
The only other detail for the Good Years Tire Cake is the symbol. It was a rough hand sketch that I cut out with an xacto blade then used a black food marker to draw the details. Easy-peasy!
And that’s it.. I think that’s all of the details I can share with you on this cake! If you have questions, leave me a comment!
I do have one more treat for you! Here’s another cake I made years ago and never posted… it’s an Engine on a Tire Cake: