On my son’s 3rd birthday, we decided to do throw him a Disney Cars birthday party because he was such a fan of the Cars movie series. I didn’t want to spend too much and I am a novice baker, which meant that this Disney Cars Birthday Cake HAD to be inexpensive and easy to make. So for the cake itself, I decided to use my tried and tested, fool proof chocolate cake recipe as the base. I used the chocolate frosting that comes with the recipe too, because the frosting goes so well with the base, making it much more yummy.
Now for the fun part… whipping up a Disney Cars theme onto this chocolate cake…
What we needed were:
- Dessicated coconut
- Green food coloring
- Ziplock sandwich bag
- White Tictac
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Lighting McQueen and any other Disney Cars characters your child may have – in our case, we used Francesco Bernoulli and Tow Mater. Remember to thoroughly wash and dry the toys.
- In a ziplock sandwich bag, pour in some dessicated coconut and a few drops of green food coloring to make the ‘grass’. The actual proportion depends on how big your cake is and how green you want your grass to be. Start off by using 1 cup of dessicated coconut and 3 drops of green food coloring, then adjust the quantities as needed. Seal the ziplock bag and SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE until the dessicated coconut gets covered in green food coloring. Sprinkle the grass on the top and sides of the chocolate cake.
- With white Tictac, create an outline of a ‘race track.’
- Sprinkle chocolate sprinkles in between the Tictac outline. This resembles ‘dirt’, as in the movie, Lightning McQueen’s strength was in dirt racing.
- Then simply place the characters any way you like.
Creating this cake was so easy, that to my children’s excitement, they were able to offer loads of help. My 7-year-old spread the chocolate frosting, my toddler did the ‘shake, shake, shake’ of dessicated coconut and food coloring, they both helped in sprinkling the ‘grass’ and ‘dirt’, the older one created the Tictac outline for the dirt track and they both had a say in the placement of the toy cars. What better way to throw a party than to get the children involved in the party preparations. This builds up on the anticipation for the party day itself, but it also gives us loads of kidz activities to do at home together.