My Boys 8th Birthday Racing Track Cake

by Jo O.
(Melbourne, Australia)

Happy 8th Birthday Racing Track

Happy 8th Birthday Racing Track

Hi all that share the love of cake decorating!

Im fairly new 'green' to this field and have only experimented with the past 3 birthday cakes for my boy! I have not had any professional experience but ppl keep telling me cos the standard keeps getting better & better every year! ...that I should seriously think about doing a course or starting a small business!

Now Im doing a small business course with still not real expertise in the decorating cakes field but thinking that THAT is a direction I'd like to head in.

I LOVE sitting & 'playing' with icing & experimenting with what can be done! It blows my mind the endless things that can be achieved with & through this medium!

Im still in awe of every cake out there that I see! And can appreciate the time, efforts, artistry & craftsmanship that goes into this.

I would be grateful for ANY feed back & any helpful hints!

I don't know whether my standard comes up to scratch but I'd like to think I can improve enough to sell something unique if I get more experience & really put mind to it! :)

I've only ever made 3 cakes of this type! And there's been a whole year in between each! haha Be gentle!! Hehehe!

Thank you :)
Jo O

P.S.
This is my boys 8th birthday taken March 08! It's a figure 8 racing track complete with faux bridge & go-karts & some of my boys favourite vid game characters.
Naruto on chequered flag, Sonic the Hedgehog in the Ferrarri concept go-kart, Crash Bandicoot in the blue Dodge Viper go-kart & the BIRTHDAY BOY himself in a Pixar 'Cars' Wingo go-kart!

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Oct 02, 2013
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A Vid of the same cake complete with Figurines
by: Jo O

Here's a video of the race track cake: https://myspace.com/bak_space/video/bday-cake-08/34406016

Sorry about the quality

Oct 01, 2013
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P.P.S. Update
by: Anonymous

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Update:
I didn't complete that business course as my son got very ill that year so as a single mum couldn't dedicate the time to both. Also there was too many headaches with getting food criteria requirements met to starting a foodie business from home; Too much of a headache whilst son was still in Primary school. I still love baking & making crazy cakes.

Happy to announce only 2 weeks ago I've completed that same business course but for another creative pursuit:- Faery Wings and Costume Accessories business, of all things {www.etsy.com/shop/fableworkshop} :)
My boy is now 13! And still wants me to make him a Death Star cake! Have to ponder on the engineering of THAT one for future challenge! LOL Will always make novelty crazy cakes as hobby for ppl. If anyone has any questions you can contact me thru that etsy site or my other email: bakki_boo@hotmail.com

Jo O aka Bakki Boo
:)

Oct 01, 2013
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WHOAH WOW Sorry I didnt see this
by: Jo O

Oh WOW NO I only got here going thru old emails with links to old pictures..I never expected this to be here still or that I'd have a response. WOW

I'm flattered & TY Kelly for trying explain...You were very close. From memory I actually cooked 3 round cakes, two for figure 8 as you said I cut smaller circles inside & sculpted the best part a figure eight as I could. I halved the 3rd cake and placed in centre as the over track again sculpting it down to size...So YES I had heaps left over to help with filling in gaps cutting slices to fit the gaps to complete the shape. I did manage to slice in half horizontally so it had jam & cream in middle that was a fun challenge But all the pieces were stuck together with strawberry jam. And yes it looked a MESS when I'd done the basic shape. I didn't think it was gunna work but pushed on.

The next huge task was the grey chocolate fondant rolled out large enough to lay over the whole thing without breaking & be able to cover all the nooks & crannies. That was fun too {I'm totally being sarcastic here! Was sweating the whole time - But I think if you don't try these things you will never know what you are capable of}

Anyway Yes the rest was fondant and cake dye/paint that I'd purchases from specialty cake supplies shop. The figurines were sculpted from fondant using toothpicks to hold together.
Slowly surely it started to take shape. All the fondant extras I'd cut out & painted Stuck on with Cake glue {forgotten the name of the Powder that makes the Glue -CMH powder??} Add lil water makes a gel-like glue also used to harden the fondant Figurines!

It took a few days to do but it is my yearly present to my son so I always go out for his bday The last few years I have reduce the craziness.

I should post up 2009 was a 3 stack Ninja Temple (see photo here). This was the last of the Crazy Over-the-Top cake phase; the following years have been low key. This year he had cupcakes with Mario & Sonic & Naruto faces on them. -Easy less fuss still impressive...

Hope this helps anyway :)
Cake & Respects to all

from

Jo O aka Bakki Boo
P.S. I now make Faery Wings :D

Sep 23, 2013
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I'll take a stab at this cake's design
by: Kelly

Since Jo O. (the baker behind this beautiful cake) hasn't answered how she made it (it's probably just an old e-mail or something), I'm going to guess at how she did it. Please note that this is a guess! Maybe, together, we can figure out how to emulate this design so feel free to chime in if you have any guesses or if you've tried it yourself:

I'm guessing Jo used 2 round cake pans. Then, she cut out the teardrops (almost circles) out of the middle of each. If those pieces came out intact, she could have re-used them to fill in the space between the 2 cakes to make it appear more like a Figure 8. Adding the raised track is genius! and I'm guessing she did that either with cupcakes or the spare cake parts from the teardrop cutouts.

Icing or, better yet, fondant can really hide a LOT of imperfections on cakes, so I'm assuming this cake looked really pieced together before she started decorating it. What a beautiful job she did with the decorating though! I'm guessing that all of the black, white, and yellow details are made out of fondant (and possibly the main gray of the track as well).

Jo, we'd love to hear from you if you're getting these messages!

All the best,
Kelly
Gingerbread-house-heaven.com owner

Sep 21, 2013
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race car cake
by: someone

Hi my brothers birthday is coming in five days could you tell me how u made this cake?

Apr 10, 2012
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Everyone wants more details!
by: Kelly

Jo O, we've had so many requests for more info that I've had to remove everyone's e-mail addresses (better for them to not receive spam anyway).

Please share more details here if you're willing. Obviously, LOTS of people are interested!

Thank you for sharing your amazing Race Track cake!!

Mar 14, 2012
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Great work
by: Casey

Hi my son has picked this cake out for his 8th birthday can you please email me some details and hints on making it you've do e a fabulous job and should be very proud!!!
Thank you :-)

Dec 28, 2011
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How did you make this cake
by: Iris

Please tell me how you made this cake. It's the most beautiful figure 8 cake I have ever seen.

Aug 21, 2011
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directions...
by: Anonymous

Would love to know how you did this....my daughter's bday is coming up and she wanted this cake......

May 31, 2011
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Cake
by: Jessica

Hi I love your creative car track cake! My little boys birthday is coming up soon. Could you please e-mail me the details of how to make this awesome cake? Thanks so much!
Jessica

Mar 11, 2011
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WONDERFUL
by: Anonymous

I am a graduate of the Art Institute, and I was majoring in Baking and Pastry, young lady that cake is excellent, that is very very impressive.

Feb 27, 2011
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Awesum cake
by: Anonymous

Awesum cake !!!

Hi there my sons 8th birthday cuming up next weekend and i wana make him a cake like this i just come on looking for ideas ur cake looks amazing,is this done with fondant icing? could you plaese share details and how did you do the road goin up?im sure i could work it out.Thankyou:)

Nov 29, 2010
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racing track cake
by: Denise

Great cake and would love to make one for my sons 9th birthday. Can you please email me how to do it.
Thanks

Nov 22, 2010
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how to do it please!!!
by: Tiziana Silvestre

My son fell in love with it, can you tell me how to go at doing it?

Oct 08, 2010
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Fantastic and soooo realistic
by: lianna

My son's bday coming up and I love to make this for him, can you please share the template please??? Kind regards,
Lianna

Jul 24, 2010
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You've gotta be kidding!!
by: Kendar

For this being only the third cake you made like this, you are OUTTA THIS WORLD good at it!! You should definitely start a biz and just keep experimenting because you obviously have the talent :)

Rock on Cake Queen!

Jun 22, 2010
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superb
by: Anonymous

You are amazing!!! This is fantastic!

May 27, 2010
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Racing Track
by: Anonymous

I love this cake and it looks so real. Would really like to make it for my grandson's b-day but not sure how you did the overpass. Would u please share the template.
Thanks Sylvia

Jan 31, 2010
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GO for It!
by: Jennycakes

Your cake is awesome and you should go for it...your cake biz I mean! I just started mine and it is awesome. Even though I don't always think I'm super awesome, people cannot seem to get enough. Check out my website www.jenny-cakes.com for ideas and go for it yourself. I"m so glad I did (I just started in Novemeber), and your cakes are super cool so you should do it too (I'm just glad your in Melbourne and not in Chicago!). Good luck!

Jan 19, 2010
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recipe
by: Anonymous

do you mind sharing how you made the cake? I am looking to make one for my nephew and my sister loved this one. thank you.

Jan 27, 2009
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fab!
by: Anonymous

I can not believe you are an amateur!! Your cake is stunning, and your are very humble, which makes the cake even more impressionable! Well done!

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