I have received many requests for the F1 race car cake toppers that were on my son’s birthday cake last year. So, here is my tutorial on how to make a race car cake topper for every little Formula 1 fan. I hope you’ll find this helpful.
Materials Needed for Making
The car topper is made out of gum paste, but I have used store-bought black rolled fondant for the wheels and the helmet.
This is what I used:
- White gum paste;
- Black rolled fondant;
- A small amount of white rolled fondant;
- Gel paste color;
- Rolling pin;
- Cake smoothers;
- Tylo glue;
- Cornstarch (to prevent the fondant from sticking to your work board);
- Small knife;
- Piping tips or small circle cutters in various sizes;
- Small paintbrush;
- Ball tool (JEM);
- Strip cutter (JEM) If you don’t have a strip cutter, then you can use a ruler.;
- 1 small plastic bag (not shown in the photo).
Start coloring the gum paste in your chosen color. Roll the “ball” into a cone, making sure that you keep one of the ends a little thicker (and the other end a little thinner). I try to keep the length of the race car to about 3″ (8cm).
Flatten the sides of the race car, using a pair of cake smoothers. Place the car inside a plastic bag and set it aside. This will prevent it from drying out.
Roll out some gum paste about 2mm in the same color as the race car. Cut out the spoiler with a small knife. I cut out mine by hand, but you can of course use a ruler if you like. Make sure that the spoiler is a little wider than the race car. Set aside to dry completely.
TIP: Make extra spoilers. If the first one should break.
Roll out some of the black rolled fondants about 5mm thick. Find 2 different sizes of piping tips or circle cutters and cut out 1 large pair and 1 small pair of wheels. I have used round piping tips to emboss the center of the wheels. Set aside to dry.
Take some white rolled fondant and roll it out thinly. Use the strip cutter or a ruler to cut out 1 fondant strip.
Note: Do not cut out the fondant circle before step 9.
Take out the race car from the plastic bag. Brush a very thin coat of Tylo glue on the back of the white strip and attach it down the middle of the race car. Trimming any excess of the fondant strip with the knife. Use the ball tool and make an indentation in the middle of the car, where the “driver” will be sitting. (This will be similar if you make a train topper)
Take a little black-rolled fondant and roll it into a little ball/helmet. Make sure that it fits into the indentation of the race car. Brush a little glue and place the ball/helmet in the indentation. Cut a small strip of white fondant for the face shield and glue it on the ball/helmet. Set aside to dry.
When the wheels are almost dry, glue them on the race car with Tylo glue. Small wheels at the front and large wheels at the back.
Roll two small oblong balls and glue them on each side of the white fondant stripe on the back of the race car. Brush again a very thin coat of glue and carefully attach the spoiler. Finish off by cutting a small circle out of white rolled fondant and gluing it on the front of the car. You can make a race track if you want to emphasize a car-themed cake. Personally, I would love to make an F1 car cake with a very bright and colorful design.
TIP: It is easier to write the number of the race car when the white fondant is all dry!
Suggested Read: Train Cake Topper Tutorial with Images
How’s Your Race Car Cake Topper?
Finally, you have an F1 race car cake topper for your little fan! Do not forget to share all your thoughts about this fondant cake topper in the comments below. Also, please visit my tutorial page if you want to learn how to make other gum-paste decorations. You can learn a lot!
Happy Caking! Louise
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