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Last Updated on 9th June 2023 by Vicki
Hi everyone, today I have 2 racing themed cake topper tutorials to show you. This week I’ve been busy making this birthday cake for my nephew. I’m really happy with how it turned out. In this post I show you how to make the trophy cup and helmet cake toppers that I used to decorate it. I am going to start with the helmet tutorial. If you would like to jump straight to the trophy tutorial then click here.
How To Make A Racing Car Helmet Cake Topper
Making The Helmet
Below is a fully written tutorial sharing how to make the helmet. After, I also have a video tutorial too.
To make my racing car helmet cake topper, I coloured some white modelling paste red with Sugarflair’s extra red food colouring paste. You could, of course, use ready made red modelling paste or any other colour that you would like your helmet to be!
Take approximately 50g of red modelling paste and form it into a ball shape.
Use your hands to now form the ball into an egg shape with a flat bottom.
Use your fingers to make the sides of the narrower end more prominent, as can be seen above.
Flatten the wider end with your finger, as can be seen above.
Use the end of a teaspoon handle to mark vents into the front of the helmet.
Your helmet should now look like something similar to the image above. If the vents are too wide gently squeeze them together .
Making The Visor
Roll out a piece of grey modelling paste. Cut it into a rectangle shape. Hold it up to your helmet to make sure it is the required width and height. (I added a tiny amount of black food colouring to my white modelling paste to make the grey.)
Cut two diagonal pieces off the sides as can be seen above.
Stick the visor onto the helmet and shape with a blade tool. I used a little vodka to stick the visor on, but you could also use edible glue.
If your helmet looks too long you can now gently adjust the shape with your hands.
To make the hinges, form two tiny pieces of black modelling paste into balls. You could also use normal black fondant for this.
Stick them on either side of the visor and flatten with your finger.
How To Make A Race Car Helmet Cake Topper Video Tutorial
So that’s your racing car helmet cake topper made. Read on to see how to make the trophy cake topper!
How To Make A Trophy Cup Cake Topper
To make the trophy cup cake topper I used white modelling paste and then sprayed it gold with my airbrush. You could of course use ready coloured modelling paste such as yellow, orange or even grey.
Making The Base
Take approximately 10g of modelling paste and form it into a cone shape.
Roll the cone between your fingers to narrow the upper part of the cone. The bottom part should remain bigger.
Use your fingers to further shape the bottom of your modelling paste as can be seen above.
Making The Cup
Form another 10g of modelling paste into a thick tube shape. You can use a cake smoother to help shape this.
Use a ball tool to create the hole for the cup. Turn the ball tool as you create the hole. Next, turn the modelling paste with the ball tool still in place and make the end of the modelling paste slightly narrower.
Shape the edge of the cup further with your fingers.
Assembling The Trophy And Making The Handles
I used royal icing to assemble the trophy as I find this a really strong form of glue. Usually I use vodka to stick my cake toppers together, but in this instance I needed something stronger to stick the handles onto the cup.
Place a small piece of dried spaghetti into the base of the trophy. Make sure the spaghetti is not too long so it will be seen when the cup is placed on top.
Gently place the cup on top of the base. This is just to create the hole that will be needed later when you assemble the trophy.
Remove the cup and leave both pieces to dry overnight.
Once the pieces are dry, use a little royal icing to stick them together.
Roll a small piece of modelling paste into a tube. Make sure it’s the length you want the handle to be.
Curve the tube to create a handle shape. Place a small blob of royal icing on each end of the tube.
Stick the handle onto the trophy as can be seen above
Carefully shape the handle as to how you would like it.
Use a brush slightly dampened with vodka to neaten the join and remove any excess royal icing.
Repeat to make the second handle and then leave overnight to dry again.
Once the trophy is dry you can now paint or spray it if you want to. I used my airbrush to do this, but you can also get edible gold spray or paint. You can also mix gold dust with rejuvenator spirit to make a paint. Once painted, leave the trophy to fully dry.
Making The Base
To make the base form a small ball of black modelling paste into a thick flat square shape. Stick the trophy on top. I used some left over royal icing to stick it.
To neaten the join, roll a small piece of black modelling paste into a thin tube. Stick this around the base of the trophy and trim with scissors.
I hope you liked reading how to make these racing car themed cake toppers. Below is a list of items that I used to make them.
Items Used For These Racing Themed Cake Topper Tutorials
- Renshaw White Flower and Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3flCE5y
- Renshaw Black Flower and Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3jcIhUF
- Sugarflair Extra Red Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/3zXeshJ
- Sugarflair Gold Airbrush Paint : https://tidd.ly/3jm6BUj
- Clean Paint Brush : https://tidd.ly/3xtrKRz
- PME Ball Tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- PME Blade and Shell Modelling Tool : https://tidd.ly/3CcGdVl
- Royal Icing
- Cake Smoother : https://tidd.ly/3jm4T50
- Dried Spaghetti
If you would like to take a closer look at some of my favourite cake decorating and modelling tools then you can do so here.
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