You can have your junior dragster and eat it, too. Here’s how to do it:
Start with a 16-ounce frozen pound cake. Frozen is much easier to work with than a fresh-baked cake.
Cut the cake into the triangle shape of a junior dragster.
Don’t forget to cut both sides. (Duh!)
Here's the basic shape after the first two cuts.
Now, turn the cake on its side so you can cut the top of the cake into a taper.
Here is the basic foundation for your junior dragster cake. Cut out a seat for the driver. And leave a little ledge at the back as a support for the engine. Before frosting the car, er, cake, remove the pipe cleaner roll bar and steering wheel shown here.
To make the engine, you’ll need a fruit strip, one caramel, one toothpick and a pretzel.
Roll up the fruit strip, secure it with the toothpick and perch the caramel on top of the toothpick. The pretzel (exhaust) can rest inside the engine.
Follow glaze instructions, then pour over the engine. Freeze the engine while you finish the cake.
Use packaged frosting.
Add food coloring to your desired tint.
Microwave the now-colored frosting at 10-second intervals for up to 45 seconds until it reaches a nice consistency for pouring.
Bleh! Pour the frosting over the car-cake, then smooth, smooth, smooth and push away the excess with a knife.
For the tires, use mini-doughnuts and creme-filled chocolate cookies.
Two doughnuts will become the back tires. One cookie, separated, with the creme scraped (or licked) off will become the front tires.
You’ll need letters and numbers.
And here’s your cake. The tires stick just fine against the frosting, as do the letters and numbers. (This number was chosen at random. If it is a particular racer’s number, we hope he or she doesn’t mind). Insert pipe cleaners to create the steering wheel and roll bar. And, with the exposed end of the toothpick, attach the engine to the ledge you left at the back. Now, your junior dragster is ready to roll – oops, I mean eat. It’s ready to eat. (Heck, you may as well make two, in different colors, of course, because we are, after all, talking about drag racing.)