“Cars 2″ cakelets for the birthday Munchkin!

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or just don’t have a child under the age of 10 in the house) Cars 2 comes out tomorrow! We’re not excited about this or anything…

I’m pretty obsessed with Nordicware molded cake pans (I’m sure you’ll see more of my collection over the coming months). Knowing this, & knowing that they came out with a limited-edition Cars 2 cakelet pan, & knowing that The Munchkin loves Cars & had a birthday was coming up, my dad sent her an early birthday present. So guess what we did today for The Munchkin’s 2nd birthday?

I baked the cakelets last night using the recipe on the insert that came with the pan. I love these inserts because they calculate the exact right amount of batter for each molded pan! So perfect. However, I realized quickly that leveling in the pan was out of the question; pieces were breaking off faster than I could saw. So I just popped them out of the pan as-is & trimmed them with a paring knife this morning.

Then I made the frosting.

7 sticks of butter, 4 pounds of powdered sugar, & a diabetic coma later, I had a ridiculous amount of frosting. I’m always so paranoid I’ll run out, that I make way too much. Though this time I made extra on purpose for The Munchkin’s Toodles cake for Saturday’s birthday party (I told you it was Sweets Week at our house!). For the vanilla, I used my “add some powdered sugar &/or cream until it looks right but will probably end up being too thick anyway” method — don’t recommend it. For the chocolate, however, I used this recipe from A Southern Fairytale. Super delicious, & the perfect consistency for spreading! I also added a couple tablespoons of meringue powder to each to help them set up more quickly, but should’ve added more to the chocolate.

Then we decorated. & decorated. & decorated.

The sheer tininess of scale was almost too much My Husband The Closet Ace of Cakes & me! We’d never frosted anything that small before. (Why not fondant, like they show in the product photos, you ask? Because My Husband The Persnickety views the sheer existence of fondant as an affront to his palate. Plus, I’m completely self-taught as a cake decorator & have never learned to use it.)

But The Munchkin didn’t mind one bit!

As long as Guido tastes good, that’s all that matters, right?

Finally we got into a groove & finished 5 of the 8 (The Munchkin was happy to take care of the rest). Do you recognize the characters from the new movie?

We used mini-Oreos for the tires (though you could use more of the black-dyed chocolate icing if you want), & mini-M&Ms for the eyes. I had bought a bag of regular M&Ms so we’d have the full complement of eye colors, but they were far too big for the size of the cakes. As My Husband The Comedian put it, “They could be Anime cakes…” So we dug out a still-sealed tube of mini-M&Ms left over from Christmas — yes, Christmas, but they were still good — so our eye-color choice diminished significantly.

I made the cake board the night before with a Wilton cake board (totally worth the investment — I’m still on the same package I bought 3 years ago!), construction paper, & a logo I printed out off the Internet. Free & easy!

The Munchkin requested that “Wight-Queen” be her birthday cake. He was just the right size for 2 candles!

She was so happy about her cakes. All day today, she kept telling everyone we met, not that it was her birthday, but that she made “Cars cakes.” So all the work & powdered-sugar-inhalation were worth it!

See you later! Ka-chow!

(P.S. If you’re heading to the theatre this weekend to see the movie, come back & leave a comment letting me know how it was – & whether it’d be too scary for a 2-year-old. Thanks!)

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24 responses to ““Cars 2″ cakelets for the birthday Munchkin!

  1. Those cakes are beyond adorable!
    And she is cuter than pie! I’m so glad that chocolate frosting worked for you! I’ve never used meringue powder.. you’ve got me intrigued, though ;-)

  2. vblanchard

    Cute! I don’t have the energy or patience for stuff like that though! However, if you ever choose to learn fondant, let me know and I’ll send you the email address of my best friends who does cakes (just for fun, but she has done a few for weddings). Most fondant (boughten or made) tastes nasty, but she refuses to put anything gross tasting on a beautiful cake. She has a recipe for fondant that tastes really good (and sometimes she flavors it slightly depending on the cake), so if you’re going to make it, it’s actually worth the effort!

    • Jacque

      May I have that recipe for a tasty fondant? I usually use a marshmallow fondant and I dont care for it unless it I mix in cocoa powder (then it taste kinda like a tootsie roll). I like the look of fondant but usually peel it off when actually eating the cake.

  3. Wow!!! I am so impressed by you and your husband!!! I cannot believe how amazing those cakes look! I think professional cake decorating might be in your future Catherine!
    Star Hughes Living

  4. Sue

    I have the pan and my 3 year old grandson is dying for me to make them! Now that I see yours I have the inspiration and confidence boost I need:) Thanks for all the tips! We are seeing the movie tomorrow:) You did a fabulous job on the cakes!

    • Good luck on your cakes! I’d love to see how they turn out! Make sure you allot yourself PLENTY of time to do them all–with both my husband & me working, it still took over 2 hours for just 5 of the cakes! Enjoy the movie too!

  5. Beautiful cakes! I love this post. Great job on the decorating! I am anti fondant. Looks great, tastes disgusting. And shouldn’t food taste as great as it looks? However, I’d love to know what recipe vblanchard sends you.

  6. WOW! This is so impressive! Your cakes are amazing!!!

  7. Thanks for all the great compliments, everyone! It’s always fun to see the finished product. I don’t plan to go into professional cake decorating — too high stress — but when I do get to do it a couple times a year, it’s lots of fun.

  8. I am SO impressed! Those cars look amazing. Wanna make my daughter’s cake?

    • Thank you! If we were in SoCal, I’d be happy to! As it is, I just spent the last 3 years — I mean, hours — making a Toodles cake for the same Munchkin for her birthday party. I think I’m done for awhile. ;-) I can’t wait to see what you make for her though!

  9. How fun! You did a great job. We’re excited about Cars 2 around here, also. Happy Birthday to your little munchkin!

  10. 7 sticks of butter! Wow – I would love to eat your leftover frosting! Your cars turned out so cute.

  11. Amy

    I wish I had the patience to make something like this, the kids would love them. But the kids would not appreciate the hard work. You are amazing.

  12. Those are just adorable! Great job :)

  13. WOW!! Those cakelets are incredible!! Great job!

  14. Your little Cars Cakelets look amazing! I love that you used frosting instead of fondant! You really put a lot of time and detail into each one and the display of them. You are very talented indeed!

  15. So cute. I think I may have to invest in the cake pan or cookie cutters for my little munchkin. And I like Dave even more now knowing he is anti fondant. That stuff is gross :)

  16. These turned out so cute!! Love ‘em!
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

  17. michelle

    forget about a 2 yr old party what about one for my hubby lol those cakes are amazing… we did go see cars 2 and it is rather itense fora youngone. my guy is 11 and handeled it well but my cousin’s 3 yrold didnt enjoy it as much .there is alotof talk”kill lightening” “get that tow truck and destry it” lots of guns ,, hope the review help

    • Thanks for the review! We actually went the Monday after it came out, & she did really well, except the beginning was a little intense for her. It was a little loud though! Glad your family liked it!

  18. Brenda Brunton

    OMG so cute. Your daugher is adorable. I live in So Cal – OC and would hire you to make those adorable cakes in a heartbeat for my son’s 2nd birthday! I would adventure it mysefl, but too busy with work right now to experiment. Let me know if you are interested.

  19. Maria

    Thank you for your tip on the releasing of the cakes. I’m currently trying to make the cakes and already ruined an entire batch because of the recommended sawing. I’m now making the second cake and will try your tip. Thanks so much! You cake looks great!

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