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If you've decided to go with a party that has a focus on cars, then you will of course want your cake to do likewise. I found some great vehicle cake options that might sprout an idea for your own cake creation. So, off to the races you go and just keep scrolling and hopefully you'll find something that will float your boat.

Car theme cakes and vehicle cakes are "wheely" cool! Check out these birthday cake recipe ideas to help move your party into high gear. Celebrate that special day by making one of these creative vehicle birthday cakes.


dump truck cake
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Dump Truck Cake
Here's the recipe for Family Fun's "Dump Truck Cake." This is a toy truck loaded with cake and cookie crumb "dirt." If you're considering car cakes, you'll want to be sure to consider this dump truck. It is the perfect cake to unload at your construction party.


  • 2 baked 8- or 9-inch round cakes
  • 2 3-oz. pkgs. prepared chocolate pudding
  • 3 to 4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
  • Clean plastic toy dump truck and shovel


Cut the cakes into 3-inch long slices, then cut them in half.

Layer the cake, pudding, and crumbs in the clean dump truck and serve with the shovel.

Tip: for a dessert and take-home favor all in one, fill individual small toy dump trucks (about 6 inches long each) with a cupcake and 2 to 3 tablespoons of cookie crumb dirt. Be sure to rinse out the dirty trucks before sending them home.

excavator cake
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Excavator Cake

Here's the recipe for Family Fun's "Edible Excavator Cake." If you're pressed for time, this no-bake cake is perfect for your construction crew. Use any of these car cakes for your vehicle enthusiasts.


  • 9 1/2-by 4-inch pound cake
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow frosting
  • 1/2 cup light-brown frosting (white and chocolate mixed together)
  • Chocolate decorators' frosting
  • 4 mini chocolate-covered doughnuts
  • Blue and green M&M's candies
  • Red and yellow gumdrops
  • 4 Twix
  • 2 Twinkies
  • 4 (8-inch) wooden skewers, trimmed into two 4-inch and
  • two 6-inch pieces
  • 4 yellow Twizzlers Rainbow Twists, cut to the same size as the skewers
  • 12 chocolate cookies (we used Oreo cookies)


Cut a 2 1/2-inch long section from one end of the cake. Frost the section's cut end and place it on top of the cake for the cab, as shown. Cover the entire cake with yellow frosting, saving about 1/3 cup for the loader and bucket.

excavator cake

Spoon the light-brown frosting into a resealable sandwich bag, snip off a corner, and pipe a window onto each side of the cab. Outline the windows with chocolate decorators' frosting, then press the doughnut tires in place. Add M&M's and gumdrops for lights and hubcaps.

Use Twix to add a smokestack and loader arms. Frost one of the Twinkies yellow, set it on the loader arms, and add chocolate decorators' frosting details. Cut a 2-inch section from the other Twinkie, place it behind the truck for the bucket, and frost it yellow. Add pieces of yellow gumdrop for teeth.

Slide the skewers inside the Twizzlers. Press them into the cake and bucket as shown, using dabs of chocolate decorators' frosting to join them. With a rolling pin or food processor, crush the chocolate cookies into "dirt" and sprinkle it around the cake. These car cakes serve 8.

fire engine cake
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Fire Engine Cake

Here's the recipe for Family Fun's "Fire Engine Cake." This adorable cake will help you create a 3-alarm birthday party. So, sound the alarm and use any of these car cakes for your vehicle enthusiasts.


  • 1 baked 13-by-9-by-2-inch cake
  • 6 cups red frosting
  • 1 cup gray frosting
  • Red M&M's
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Pretzel rods and sticks
  • Yellow gumdrops
  • Black jelly bean
  • White Chiclets
  • Mini jawbreakers
  • Black shoestring and twist licorice


Freeze the cake for two to three hours, then cut into four pieces (A, B, C and D).

fire truck cake
Slice B in half horizontally to create E.

fire truck cake
Stack A onto D for the engine bed, B onto C for the cab, and E onto D for the control panel.

Frost the bed and cab red and the controls gray. With a dab of frosting, place an M&M in the center of each cookie to make the wheels, then press onto the engine.

Add a pretzel ladder, gumdrop emergency lights, jelly bean horn, Chiclet headlights and jawbreaker controls. Use licorice to make a hose and outline the windows of the cab.

jeep cake
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Jeep Cake
Here's the recipe for Family Fun's "Jeep Cake." This is one of the all-terrain car cakes that is sure to keep your party rollin' along.


  • 2 baked loaf cakes
  • 2 cups green frosting
  • 1/2 cup white frosting
  • 5 chocolate-covered doughnuts (tires)
  • LifeSavers Gummies (hubcaps)
  • Black and red shoestring licorice
  • Black licorice twists (roll bars)
  • Pirouette cookies (bumpers)
  • Starburst hard candies (headlights)
  • Sour tape (grille and hats)
  • Good & Plenty (door handles)
  • Gummy sours (eyes)
  • Wafer cookies (faces)


Place one of the loaf cakes right side up. For the Jeep's cab, turn the second cake upside down and cut it in half at a slight angle. ice the top of one half with green frosting, turn it over, and place it on top of the first cake, as shown. Frost the body and roof of the Jeep green and the windows white.

Place doughnut tires on both sides of the Jeep and a spare in the back; press LifeSavers into the centers of the tires for hubcaps.

Outline the doors and window wipers with shoestring licorice. Use licorice twists for the roll bars, Pirouette cookies for the bumpers, Starburst hard candies for the headlights, sour tape for the grille, and Good & Plenty for the door handles.

For the rugged outbackers car cakes, decorate wafer cookies with sour tape hats, gummy sour facial features, and shoestring licorice mustaches. For the finishing touch, put a toy crocodile or snake in the trunk.

race track cake
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Race Track Cake
Here's the recipe for Family Fun's "Race Track Cake." On your mark, get set, go! This cake will take you on the fast track to success. This is one of the car cakes sure to be a pit-stop for all your guests.


  • 2 baked 9" round cakes
  • 3 cups white icing
  • 1 to 2 cups finely crushed chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 1 to 2 cups sprinkles
  • White Good & Plenty candies
  • Checkered paper or ribbon
  • 2 toothpicks and tape
  • New toy cars, washed with soap and water


Cut a small semicircular notch from one cake, then position the cakes as shown and cover them with the white icing.

Place a small bowl in the center of each cake and sprinkle cookie crumbs around it to create the track.

Remove the bowls and sprinkle sprinkles onto each icing circle, then press the remaining sprinkles onto the sides of the cake for grass.

Lay a white Good & Plenty dotted line along the track and use a pastry bag to pipe a white icing border around the edge of the cake.

Create racing flags by taping small squares of the paper or ribbon to the toothpicks and place them on the track along with the race cars.

school bus cake
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School Bus Cake
Here's the recipe for Family Fun's "School Bus Cake." This is one of the car cakes sure to entice your guests to get on board.


  • 2 loaf cakes (pound cake or banana bread works well)
  • 2 cups white frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • White chocolate chips
  • 4 mini chocolate-covered doughnuts
  • Round cookie wafters
  • Black decorating gel
  • small red gumdrops
  • Red Hots


Trim the top and sides of one cake to straighten them, if needed. Spread a bit of frosting onto the center of a serving plate and set the trimmed cake upside down on top of it (to keep the cake from sliding).

Trim the sides and top of the second cake to straighten them. Then slice off a 1 1/2-inch-thick piece from one end and use the remaining portion for the top of the bus, frosting the bottom and setting it atop the first cake.

Spread a thin layer of white frosting over the whole cake to seal in any crumbs and let it set for about 15 minutes. Spread more white frosting on the sides of the top layer (the windows of the bus). Reserve about a teaspoon of white frosting, then tint the rest yellow and use it to frost the rest of the cake.

For tires, use dabs of frosting to attach white chocolate chip hubcaps (tips down) to the centers of the mini doughnuts and then to stick the tires onto the bus.

Transform cookie wafers into people using white frosting and black gel to create eyes. Trim some red gumdrops for smiles, then press the cookie faces onto the cake.

Finally, add details such as black gel lettering, Red Hots for caution lights, and white chocolate chip headlights.

train cake
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Train Cake

Here's the recipe for Family Fun's "Choo-Choo Train Cake." Engineer the perfect party with this great train cake that will also make a fabulous centerpiece. Use any of these train car cakes for your train enthusiasts.


  • 5 baked mini loaf cakes
  • 4 cups frosting (any four colors)
  • 16 M&M's
  • 16 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Candies and cookies for cargo
  • Rope licorice
  • 1 marshmallow, frosted and rolled in jimmies (for the smokestack)
  • 6 popcorn pieces or mini marshmallows threaded on a wire (for the steam)
  • Vanilla wafer for engineer


train cake
Cut one loaf cake as shown in the small picture. Use frosting to attach the pieces you cut off to the four remaining loaves, creating different shaped cars. Frost the engine and each car a different color.

train cake
Cut one loaf cake as shown in the small picture. Use frosting to attach the pieces you cut off to the four remaining loaves, creating different shaped cars. Frost the engine and each car a different color.

With a small dab of frosting, place an M&M in the center of each cookie to make the train wheels, thenpress the wheels against the frosted sides of the train.

Add beds of candy cargo, outlined with licorice; a marshmallow smokestack with popcorn steam; and a decorated vanilla-wafer engineer.

Little boys in particular love to play with cars and trucks. If you opt to capitalize on their love for vehicles, then you can't go wrong with one of the car cakes or a vehicle cake theme.

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