56 Ford Thurnderbird Cake

by Lauren
(New York)

Hi, I would like to make a cake in the shape of a 56 Ford Thunderbird for my father in law's 60th birthday. I'm a pretty good baker, but I'm not sure sure how to start this project. Do you have any tips or steps on how I can build or design this cake? Also, what would you recommend for the shiny black paint on the car?

From the editor:

Hi Lauren,

I would start with a model of the car. You'll need to be able to see all the sides of the car to get a good replica.

Your cake may be a different size but, for demonstration purposes, I'll use a 9"x 13" size cake, since it's a readily available pan size. You'll probably need two of these.

Start by building up the basic shape of the car; cut 1 1/2" off the long side of one of the cakes. Cut two or three rectangular sections from the second cake, about 7" x 3 1/2" each. Stack these on the first cake to make the shape of the cab.

Now crumb coat the whole thing and refrigerate overnight. Now you can carve and refine the shape a little, adding head and tail lights, fins etc.

To get the shiny paint effect you want, use a small household steamer. Hold the steamer a few inches from the fondant covered cake and run it all over the surface. Instant shine!

Good luck and please take lots of pictures so you can come back and share your cake with all of us.

Michelle (editor)

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