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Race Car Cakes

Makes: 12 servings
Start to Finish 1 hr 30 mins
Race Car Cakes
  • 2  8- or 9-inch baked round cake layers (any flavor)
  • 4  cups  Creamy White Frosting or canned creamy white frosting
  •  Sky blue, leaf green, and golden yellow paste food colorings
  •  Assorted candies, such as flat tart licorice candy; fruit-flavor licorice twists; yellow and orange small oval mints; small gumdrops; and/or blue candy-coated fruit-flavor pieces
  •  Black shoestring licorice
  • 8  chocolate sandwich cookies with chocolate filling
  •  Fruit-flavor ring-shape jelly candies

1. For each car, cut one of the cake layers in half crosswise, making two half-circles. Using about 1/4 cup of the Creamy White Frosting, sandwich the bottoms of the two half-circles together. Place cake cut sides down.

2. Using a serrated knife, cut a small L-shape notch in one end of each cake to make the front windshield and hood of a car. Tint about 1 1/2 cups of the frosting aqua blue (using sky blue and leaf green food colorings). Tint another 1 1/2 cups of the frosting lime green (using leaf green and golden yellow food colorings). Spread each car with a different color of frosting.

3. Use the remaining white frosting to attach flat licorice candy, licorice twists, oval mints, gumdrops, and/or candy-coated pieces for windows, racing stripes, bumpers, headlights, and racing numbers. Insert black licorice pieces for antennas, adding a bit of frosting at each tip.

4. If desired, make a racing track on a large flat serving platter or tray with strips of colored tape. Using large spatulas, carefully transfer race car cakes to platter. Press chocolate sandwich cookies into sides of race cars for wheels; use frosting to attach ring-shape candies for wheel covers.

From the Test KitchenFlower Car Cakes:
  • Prepare as directed, except tint frosting pink, purple, green, and/or yellow instead of aqua blue and lime green. Instead of decorating cakes with stripes, use assorted candy-coated fruit-flavor pieces to make flowers on cars.
Creamy White Frosting

Yield: about 3 cups
Start to Finish 5 mins
  • 1  cup  shortening
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons  vanilla
  • 1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 4  cups  powdered sugar
  • 3 - 4  tablespoons  milk

1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

Nutrition Facts (Race Car Cakes)
  • Servings Per Recipe 12,
  • cal. (kcal) 701,
  • Fat, total (g) 35,
  • chol. (mg) 50,
  • sat. fat (g) 9,
  • carb. (g) 97,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 13,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 9,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 3,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 77,
  • pro. (g) 3,
  • vit. A (IU) 10,
  • vit. C (mg) 0,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 30,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 331,
  • Potassium (mg) 10,
  • calcium (mg) 48,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Mark as Free Exchange () 0,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Nutrition Facts (Creamy White Frosting)
  • cal. (kcal) 298,
  • Fat, total (g) 16,
  • chol. (mg) 0,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 38,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 2,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 2,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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