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Car Drip Cakes – Ethan and Harley’s 2nd Birthday Cake

Car Drip Cakes for my 2 year old car loving boys!!

I wanted to incorporate the fun look of a drip cake, with cars which the boys are loving right now! My husband had doubts of it looking like a ‘car’ whilst I was making this, but the end result turned out better than I thought, and the boys kept on pointing at their cakes very excitedly saying ‘CAR!’ so mission accomplished!! 🙂

These are the first cakes that I’ve made using ALL of my recipes which is exciting and special for myI boys!!

The cakes consist of Milo Fudge Cakes topped with Perfect Buttercream Icing, drizzled with White Chocolate Ganache, and decorated with Fruit Jelly Lolly wheels, silver sprinkles and gold leaf windows, and a chocolate smiley face.

A FEW DAYS BEFORE…

A few days before the boys birthday, I made 4 x Milo Fudge Cakes (I only needed 3, but made 1 spare) – each ‘car’ consisted of the Milo Fudge Cake baked in a loaf pan, and a 15cm round cake pan (cut in half for the top of the car shape). I cooked the cakes a few minutes longer so it was more like a Milo mudcake (less gooey fudgy) so that it was firm to decorate. Once the cakes were cooled, I double wrapped the cakes in plastic cling wrap, double wrapped them in foil, then popped in them in the freezer.

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TWO NIGHTS BEFORE…

I made 1 x batch of Fruit Jelly Lollies – I used apple and blackcurrant juice, added edible black glitter, and blue gel food colouring to make the jelly really dark. I then poured it into a silicon baking pan and set it in the fridge overnight.

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THE NIGHT BEFORE…

I made another 1 x batch of Fruit Jelly Lollies – this time with coconut water (so it was a light colour). I then used cookie cutters to cut out ‘E’, ‘H’ and ‘2’ from the dark blue/black glitter Fruit Jelly Lolly mixture. I then placed the cut out ‘E’, ‘H’ and ‘2’ into silicon muffin trays, and then poured the coconut water Fruit Jelly Lollies over them to set in the fridge. I could see the colouring spread into the light coloured coconut water jelly, however only the colouring spread into this, not the glitter, so the ‘E’, ‘H’ and ‘2’ were still quite visible.

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I took out the cakes from the freezer and decorated the cakes whilst frozen/defrosting. I cut the circle shaped cake in half with a large sharp knife. I attached the bottom loaf shaped cake to the cake tray with melted chocolate (so it doesn’t move around).

I then made 2 x batches of Perfect Buttercream Icing at a time (2 x batches per Car Drip Cake = 4 x batches in total for the 2 cakes) with Wilton ‘Teal’ Gel Food Colouring. I iced a ‘crumb layer’ of the cakes, and attached the cakes with a wooden skewer to keep them in place. I then placed the cakes to set in the fridge for an hour.

Once the crumb layer was firm, I iced another layer of buttercream icing, and smoothed the icing with a dough scraper (this took the looongest time out of everything!)

I then let the cakes set in the fridge overnight.

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IN THE MORNING…

I made the White Chocolate Ganache, and let it sit on the bench for about an hour to thicken. I then dripped it on the sides and middle of the cake with a metal teaspoon, then placed the cakes back in the fridge to set. I added white chocolate melts/dark chocolate chips for eyes, and dark chocolate piped on as a smily face. I then added silver sprinkles in the shape of windows, gold leaf on the drips inside the ‘windows’ and then attached the Fruit Jelly Lolly wheels with toothpicks.

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Baking/ Cake/ Chocolate

White Chocolate Ganache

This is perfect for drip cakes, on cakes as an icing glaze, drizzling for desserts, or for dipping strawberries into!

For drip cakes, I use my Perfect Buttercream icing, refrigerate the cake, then use this ganache to drip off the sides of the cake.

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Weigh out white chocolate.

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Add cream to bowl.

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Heat 3 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2.

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Set timer for 6 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2 and slowly add white chocolate melts through the MC hole throughout the 6 minutes.

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If colouring, add gel food colouring. Mix 1 minutes/Speed 2.

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Pour ganache into a glass/metal bowl and leave to cool/thicken on the benchtop before using.

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Use a metal teaspoon to drip off the sides of a COLD cake (helps the drips stop from dripping down to the plate), then fill the top middle of the cake with ganache. Place in fridge to set.

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Cold right out of the fridge – great for icing!

White Chocolate Ganache

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Ingredients

  • 350 grams thickened cream
  • 450 grams white chocolate melts
  • Optional: Gel food colouring

Instructions

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METHOD (Thermomix):

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Weigh out white chocolate and set aside.

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Add cream to bowl. Heat 3 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2.

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Set timer for 6 minutes/60 degrees/Speed 2 and slowly add white chocolate melts through the MC hole throughout the 6 minutes.

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If colouring, add gel food colouring. Mix 1 minutes/Speed 2.

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METHOD (Stovetop):

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Weigh out white chocolate and set aside.

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Fill a small saucepan with 1-2 inches water, heat on low to medium heat and sit a medium sized glass/metal bowl in the saucepan.

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Pour cream into bowl, and stir with a spatula/whisk for a few minutes to heat the cream.

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Add melts, a few at a time and stir until chocolate is all melted into the mixture.

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If colouring, add gel food colouring and mix until combined.

Notes

*DRIP CAKES: Pour ganache into a glass/metal bowl and leave to cool/thicken on the benchtop before using. Use a metal teaspoon to drip off the sides of a COLD cake (helps the drips stop from dripping down to the plate), then fill the top middle of the cake with ganache. Place in fridge to set. **ICING: Chill in fridge until thickened and spread on your cake/cupcakes. ***This can be premade and left in the fridge before use. Heat up in the microwave (or back in the Thermomix or stovetop) for a thinner consistency.