Police-Car-Shaped Cake

Cake-Shaping Strip (from 6 sushi-mat segments)
Heavy-duty aluminum foil
Sheet pan
Prepared cake batter (see the Fudgy Chocolate Cake batter or prepare batter using about 1 box of cake mix)
Frosting (about 1 (16-ounce) container of white frosting)
Fondant (see the Easy Marshmallow Creme Fondant)
Food dye

1. Line a sheet pan with two vertical sheets of slightly overlapping sheets of foil. Shape the Cake-Shaping Strip into a shape of a car. Exaggerate the spatial features, as they'll seem smaller after you unwrap and ice the cake. Wrap the bottom foil layers around the strip. Cut the foil and add extra bottom foil strips as needed to wrap around the strip. Press small balls of loosely packed foil into outer corners or edges if you think that the foil didn't wrap around the portion well enough to prevent cake-batter leakage.

2. Prepare your cake batter. Spray the strip and foil with cooking spray. Pour the cake batter into the prepared "pan". (If using the Fudgy Chocolate Cake recipe, you will likely have extra batter that can be poured into a small greased cake pan for your enjoyment.) Bake the cake until done, and let the cake cool.

3. Cut away any cake batter that leaked through the strip. Carefully remove the Cake-Shaping Strip. Insert the flat edge of a table knife between the strip and the cake if this helps.

4. Separate 1/3 of one batch of the Easy Marshmallow Creme Fondant recipe. To the remaining 2/3, add black gel-type food dye and some additional powdered sugar such that the fondant would return to its original consistency.

5. Roll out the black portion of the fondant between vinyl mats greased with cooking spray. Spread a medium-thick layer of white frosting over the entire cake. Remove the top vinyl mat and flip the fondant onto the cake. Gently remove the remaining mat from the fondant. Cut away the rolled-out excess black fondant portions, setting them aside in single layers. Then press the fondant into the cake (using a fondant press or your hands).

6. Cut a sheet of paper in the shape of the white section of the car. Gently place that on the cake and use a table knife to score around the paper. Remove the paper and cut through the fondant along the scored perimeter.

7. Clean the vinyl mats if necessary, and roll out the white fondant. Remove the top mat, and place the paper on the fondant. Cut a region slightly larger (about 1/2 a centimeter farther than the paper's perimeter) than the paper. Remove the bordering portions of the fondant and set them aside. Use a metal spatula to loosen the fondant section from the mat and then transfer it to the cake. Gently tuck the white edges into the black edges. If it's necessary to patch a fondant sectoin with a thin fondant portion, then wash your hands thoroughly, spray the region with cooking spray, and repeatedly circle the region with your index finger (after washing my hands thoroughly) to smooth out the surface.

8. Use a table knife and cut out the lettering for police and the windows from the set-aside black rolled-out portion. Transfer them to the cake. Use your fingers to roll out two lttle lines of black fondant, and add the car-door handles to the cake.

9. Take three small sections of the set-aside white-fondant portions, and add a drop of red, yellow and blue food dye to each respective portion. Then shape these sections into the police lights (successively stacked along the back of the cake, which is the top of the car), tail lights and headlights and press them into the car cake.

10 Add a little black fondant to a section of white fondant so that it turns gray. Roll out little sections using your finger on a countertop, and shape these into the perimeters and lines of the hubcaps on the car.

Police Car Cake

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