Yes I had all the intentions of making a caterpillar cake, and at the last minute, I mean last minute, cupcakes almost all ready to go into the oven, the birthday boy changed his mind. Since my boys birthdays are the one day each year I do my best to let them choose everything I make for them to eat, I didn't have the heart to say no. So I made a race car cake on the fly and it actually turned out better then expected. It was a cinch to make improvising with things I had on hand.
Here is what I used:
1 box of cake mix plus eggs, oil, and water to prepare
Note: I use cholesterol free egg product
1 container of frosting
(we used rainbow chip, that is why it looks so bumpy)
Food coloring (we used blue)
4 yellow hard chocolate candies
Plastic Appetizer Fork
You will bake one 5x9 cake and 1 dozen cupcakes. You will have 8 cupcakes left over.
If you have white frosting that you are using, you can set a little aside to use as your windshield, then color the rest whatever color you want your car to be with food coloring. Since I only had rainbow chip frosting on hand, I had to improvise and make some royal frosting with powdered sugar and water, for the windshield. I outlined the windshield with some royal frosting that I made slightly darker blue then the car. I used plastic lunch bags as my piping bags. The base of the cake is a rectangular 5x9 cake. The wheels are 4 cupcake tops only that have been frosted then dipped in chocolate sprinkles. The area of the car where the windshield is was made with the other half of one of the cupcakes used for a wheel. Once your 5x9 cake is cooled and frosted, you can stick your wheels covered in sprinkles onto the side, then add a little more frosting to cover any of the side of the cupcake that might be showing. You simply have to push your yellow candies in the front and back sides of your cake for your headlights. Then add your flag with whatever number birthday it is written on the side.