I was given the task this week of making a simple monster truck themed cake with a side of cupcakes. In favor of the simple, I decided to make some tasty chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing and top them with a monster truck tire cookie as the decoration. I liked making the tire cookies the best, so I decided to take step-by-step pictures of the cookie making process.
I came up with a relatively easy method to make tire cookies with some cutters I already had. I cut out the flowers first, then used my circle cutter to cut the middles out, leaving little nubs for the look I wanted.
Then I put a circle of the usual royal icing (just a little thicker than flood icing) in the centre and added some sugar pearls to give depth to the tire rims.
Next I sprayed the middles with Duff silver cake graffiti for the metallic look. This isn't my favorite way to make the metallic sparkle, but rather than dig out my paintbrush and silver pearl dust I went for the quick spray.
Here's what they looked like when the spray dried. Nice shiny rims. The icing collapsed a bit in the middle, but I didn't mind the depth it added so I just went with it.
Next, I outlined the tires in piping icing (I don't do this every time I flood cookies, but I wanted to add a little extra texture to the out side of the tires), using an Ateco #1 tip.
I finished the tires with flood icing and let them dry.
Once I made the cupcakes, I added the tires on the top and they were ready to go! A simple and tasty addition to tie the theme in.
Here's the monster truck cake that they went with. I had a toy monster truck for the top of the cake, but if I had put it on the cake before taking it with me, it wouldn't have fit in the box! So I opted to keep the truck in it's package, which means you'll have to use your imagination and picture a monster truck on top of the ramp I made!