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Retro Ride Cake

Think “Far out!” and build a flower-powered vehicle around a 3-D Cruiser Pan cake. Carry the cake to reunion-tour concerts or serve it Woodstock anniversary celebrations.

4.3 Average of 3 ratings

Difficulty: Medium
Average of 2 reviews


Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 3 1/4 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1 1/4 cups light rose
Tint 1 cup dark rose
Tint 1/4 cup black
Tint 1/4 cup yellow
Tint 1/4 cup gray (use small amount of black; thin with 3/4 teaspoon of light corn syrup)
Reserve 1/4 cup white (thin with 3/4 teaspoon of light corn syrup)

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Ice window and windshield areas smooth with thinned gray icing.

Step 3

Ice hubcap areas smooth with thinned white icing.

Step 4

Using tip 12 and black icing, outline tire areas.

Step 5

Using tip 18 and light rose icing, cover car with stars.

Step 6

Using tip 12 and dark rose icing, outline wheel wells and running board.

Step 7

Using tip 3 and light and dark rose icing, pipe bead flower petals on hubcaps and door (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 8

Using tip 2 and yellow icing, pipe dot flower center on hubcaps and door.

Step 9

Using tip 12 and dark rose icing, pipe bead flower petals on car hood and roof (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 10

Using tip 8 and yellow icing, pipe dot flower center on car hood and roof.

Step 11

Using tip 6 and light rose icing, outline window and windshield.

Step 12

Using tip 6 and yellow icing, pipe in headlights (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 13

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.