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Party Payload Cake


Step 1

In advance: Make cookies. Prepare and roll out dough. Using patterns, cut 4 wheels and 1 tiered cake; bake and cool cookies.

Step 2

Ice tiered cake smooth with royal icing. Pipe tip 5 zigzag icing drips on each layer (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe tip 2 message. Sandwich 2 cookies together with icing to make each wheel. Cover wheels with thinned royal icing; let set. On wheel, using pattern, outine hubcap with tip 2 and full-strength royal icing; let set. Flow in with thinned royal icing; let set. Cut 2 in. dowel rod sections and attach 1 to top half on back of each cookie with royal icing; let set.

Step 3

Also: Make puddle dot lug nuts and axle, 1/4 in. diameter, on waxed paper using thinned royal icing. Let set.

Step 4

Bake and cool cake; cut off bell area on top. Ice cake top smooth in buttercream to level; mark pattern with toothpick. Ice sides and background areas smooth. Outline pattern areas with tip 3. Pipe in headlight, window and fender areas with tip 3 (smooth with finger). Cover truck with tip 16 stars. Overpipe bed area. Overpipe tip 16 outlines on bed. Pipe tip 18 shell bottom border. Using tip 2 and full-strength royal icing, attach lug nuts and axles to wheels. Position wheels and tiered cake.