Unfortunately after making an effort to make a gluten free cake I realised that only the back of the cars were gluten free thanks to the liquorice and oreos. The was enough. In fact there was so much cake leftover that half of it went in the freezer and was finished off at Ocean Grove.
Adapted from Betty Crocker via No Meat and Three Veg and Craftulate
1. Bake the cakes.
Bake the cake in 3 small loaf tins. I used this mudcake recipe but added a bit more wattleseed and cocoa because it doesn't have the whiskey in it (being kid friendly). I used Bob Red Mills All Purpose Gluten Free Flour instead of the wheat flour and it worked beautifully (with 1 tsp extra baking powder to account for the plain flour replacing self raising). My tins were 20.5 x 10.3 cm. I bought them specially for the cake and while I may not need that many again, it was very handy to have three for the cakes. Craftulate used disposable foil tins which is another possibility. If possible leave cakes overnight before any decoration.
2. Shape the cakes.
This is pretty easy. Two of the cakes will be the bodies of the cars. Cut the third cake in half on an angle and turn one over. Place each on the middle of one of the full cakes. I started icing before placing cakes together but it meant I iced one of the tops upside down so would shape first. I used a knife to shave off some of the top of the green car but didn't do this with the purple car. These cars aren't meant to be perfect so shaping with a knife is unnecessary unless it looks really lopsided. (The problem is that once you start shaping this way you can whittle away quite a lot of the cake in search of perfection!)
3. Ice the cakes.
I don't usually do a crumb coat but it helped here. (A crumb coat is where you ice very thinly over the cake to seal in the crumbs and make the second coat of icing easier.) I used some leftover buttercream and left it to dry while I prepared fresh buttercream. I think I had a bit over a cup each of the green and purple buttercream, plus some extra white for the windows. The buttercream frosting I used is similar to this. It took a bit of patience to ice the door frames and then fill in the windows, but the liquorice helped smooth over small imperfections.
4. Decorate the cakes.
This is the fun bit. Except if your liquorice has been coiled really tightly and doesn't want to stay where you put it on the cake. But playing with lollies is always fun. Use black liquorice laces to line the windows. Any round yellow lollies can be the headlines - we used caramel buttons. We used red lollies for the rear brake lights. Jubes were the flashing light on top. I used some green liquorice laces to make the fender between the headlights. (Is it a fender - I don't know cars at all!) I have also seen some cars with racing strips along the bonnet that looked cool. Finally you will need almost a whole packet of oreos (or other round chocolate biscuits) for the wheels.
I am sending these cakes to Jac of Tinned Tomatoes for Bookmarked Recipes.
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