Here is a Batmobile Cake for our twin boy’s 5th birthday party! It’s a tribute to the “Great Caped Crusader”, who also happened to have recently turned five. Shhhh….. don’t tell anyone, but yes, the real “Batman” lives here!
This was my first attempt at a car cake, click here to see my other cakes! This batmobile required hand carving. I used a 9×13 rectangular pan and an 8×8 square. I stacked one Double Chocolate Cake on top of the other with a layer of rich buttercream icing between and did not let my nerves get the best of me. I used a mixture of black gel and luster dust to give my fondant a true black. All of the details on this cake are fondant. I cut each piece out by hand and used silver luster dust for both the headlights and rims and a dark red luster dust for the tail lights.
To give luster dust a nice painting consistency I mix it with vodka. Unlike water, which dissolves your sugar based fondant, alcohol evaporates quickly. This allows you to freely paint your fondant without interfering with the look you are trying to achieve.
I used a tooth pick to give texture to both the wheels and the rims. And for the wings/doors, I rolled the fondant thick and used my large veining tool to give the impression of batwings.
Since I have not had formal training and just enjoy torturing myself with HUGE projects (more on that later), I did alot of research before jumping in with my carving knife. After a long search for a great tutorial I stumbled upon this site for a “Lightning McQueen” car cake. I found this blog to be helpful, abundantly clear, easy to follow and just what I needed!
If you also enjoy torturing yourself for entertainment purposes and the delight of others, then I hope my adventure helps give you the boost you need. Now go! Find a cake and make it look like a car!