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Last Updated on 21st August 2021 by Vicki
Hi all, what do you think of this Formula 1 themed birthday cake idea? Remember the racing themed cake that I made for my nephew? Well, I liked it so much that I adapted the design for my husband’s birthday. It would also make a great Father’s Day cake too. Previously, I showed how I made the trophy and racing helmet cake toppers. In this post, I show how to make the traffic lights (or warning signals as my husband keeps correcting me!) and the champagne bottle. As usual, there is a list of all the items I used at the bottom of the page.
Traffic Lights/Warning Lights Cake Decoration Tutorial
I made the warning lights from Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste in Dahlia Black.
Take a large piece of modelling paste and roll it into a long sausage shape. Make it at least 12cm long, 4cm wide and about 1cm thick.
Use the larger end of a ball tool to make a line of holes in the modelling paste.
Now trim the modelling paste into a rectangle shape. My shape was roughly 2.5cm wide and 10cm tall. Repeat this process to make another light.
To make the pole roll a tube of grey modelling paste to the same height of your lights. You want it to be about the thickness of a pen. I coloured my white modelling paste grey by adding a tiny amount of PME Midnight Black food colouring paste to it.
Trim it to the same height of your light. Now repeat to make the second one. Leave the lights and poles to harden overnight.
Making The Visors
Take a small circle cutter and cut out two circles of black modelling paste. My cutter is about the size of a penny.
Cut each circle in to 3 as can be seen above.
You will now have four semi circles, one of which you can see above. These will be the visors to go above each individual light.
Use some glue to stick a semi circle into the premade hole, as can be seen above.
The larger end of a ball tool can help to promote a curve shape.
Repeat this with the other three visors.
Attaching The Pole
Roll out some black modelling paste and cut out four strips about 1cm in width and long enough to wrap around the pole.
Stick these on the side of the lights as can be seen above.
Now, stick the other sides of the strips to the pole, as can be seen above.
Add a small amount of glue to each strip and then carefully wrap them around the poles. Repeat to make the other light, but make sure you stick the pole on the opposite side to the first one.
Adding The Coloured Lights
Take some red, green and yellow fondant and form them into balls of the same size.
Place these balls into the premade holes as can be seen above. Use a little glue to help them stick.
Use the larger end of a ball to flatten the balls and secure them in place.
So that’s your warning light made. Read on to see how to make the champagne bottle.
Champagne/Wine Bottle Cake Topper Tutorial
To make the champagne bottle I coloured some white modelling paste green using PME Pea Green food colouring paste.
Take a small piece of modelling paste and roll it into a sausage shape.
Rolling with a cake smoother will help to achieve a smooth finish.
Roll the top between your fingers so the paste narrows. This will form the neck of the bottle.
You could also roll it between the palms of your hands.
Trim off the end as can be seen above.
Neaten the lower part of the bottle. TOP TIP! Roll between two cake smoothers.
Use the small end of a ball tool to make a hole in the top of the bottle.
Making The Label and Cork
To make the label I coloured some white modelling paste with PME Old Gold food colouring paste.
Roll out and cut a square shape that is the correct size for your bottle.
Stick this on the bottle as can be seen above.
To make the cork, form a small tear shaped piece of paste.
Stick the narrow end of the tear shape into your premade hole.
Secure and neaten with your fingers.
To make the label around the neck cut out a small circle of white paste. I used the end of a piping tip to do this.
Form a thin strip of paste.
Attach this around the neck of the bottle as can be seen above.
I hope you liked learning how to make these Formula 1 themed cake toppers! You may also be interested in the BMW themed racing cake that I made for my nephew. In the tutorial I show how to make a racing car helmet and trophy cake toppers.
I made both the TOP DAD and BMW themed cake toppers from my Cricut Explore Air 2. I absolutely love my Cricut! It’s a lush pastel green colour and I’m still in the fascinated stage of watching it intently as it cuts out my designs! I’m still learning it to be honest, but am loving what I am able to create from it. I love being able to create a design that fits perfectly and is able to compliment the design of my cake.
Items Used To Make These Formula 1 Themed Cake Decorations
- Dahlia Black Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3jcIhUF
- White Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3kh0KA9
- Pea Green Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/3zXwJLK
- Old Gold Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/2TMVf2H
- Midnight Black Food Colouring Paste : https://tidd.ly/3CcL3Sv
- Ball Tools : https://amzn.to/3gm4fnA
- PME Shell and Blade Tool : https://tidd.ly/3CcGdVl
- PME Ball Tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- Cake Smoother : https://tidd.ly/3jm4T50
- Brush (Used to apply the glue) : https://tidd.ly/3xtrKRz
- Edible Glue : https://tidd.ly/3Atq4cm
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