Comparison Test: Car Cakes
By Kevin Miller
Most readers of this site probably know- or perhaps are- “car guys”. You know, one of those people who lives and breathes cars. Cars are a passion. Maybe even an obsession.
Now, in addition to living and breathing cars, you can celebrate special occasions by eating a car. More specifically, a car cake. Here at Autosavant, we take cars very seriously. We are presenting this comparison test so you can make an informed decision when it comes choosing your next vehicular cake. Our two subject “vehicles” have been engineered in very different ways. One employs a traditional stamping for its pan, while the second is made from high-tech silicone.
The first cake pan is the Wilton 3-D Cruiser, available at kitchen retailers for around $12. The 3-D Cruiser makes a whole lot of cake, utilizing two boxes of cake mix for a single cake. You could say that you get a lot of mileage from the Wilton. Even when not being used for baking, the 3-D Cruiser’s sleek lines are visible in its pan.
The second is the Roshco Create and Celebrate Car Pull-Apart, with an MSRP of $20. Be sure not to confuse the Roshco “Pull-Apart” with your average local Pull-a-Part. While both will have you spotting the car and grabbing a part of it to take for yourself, the Roshco Pull-Apart allows you to pull off a piece of cake and eat it, while your local Pull-a-Part lets you unscrew a dirty, used car part and take it home to install on your own actual car. The secret to the Roshco’s construction is the special silicone baking pan, which bakes the cake in individual segments, similar to a cupcake or muffin. The parts are then removed from the baking pan, assembled on the chosen serving dish, and frosted. Or at least that’s the idea. In practice, it was very difficult to remove the segments from the pan, and the cake baked out of the top of each segment, causing the Roshco to lose its rather distinctively clunky “lines”.
Of course, both of the vehicles you create are almost infinitely customizable. The Wilton 3-D Cruiser we tested was frosted in a delicious shade of blue over a rich chocolate interior, emblazoned with red and yellow racing stripes and coordinated race numbers, with gum drop mirrors and lamps, candy kiss wheels with licorice tires, and a fancy aluminum “billet” grille.
It takes a bit more perspective to decorate the Roshco. Because it is actually twelve little cakes being set near each other and decorated to look like one car, it must be frosted with a pastry bag. The Roshco we tested was decorated in a tasteful shade of red, over a buttery yellow interior. The tire and window details were well executed given the Roshco’s less-than-solid platform, but on close inspection the Roshco’s fit and finish were on par with that of a mid-1980s Korean econo-box.
Each of these cars takes time and patience to assemble, not unlike a project car you might build in your garage. And like those projects, you’re certain to run in to minor setbacks when building your car cake. Partially stuck in the pan? So your car has body damage. Cake comes apart when you try to frost it? Then your “car” has imperfections in its finish.
In this tester’s opinion, the Wilton 3-D Cruiser is far superior to the Roshco Pull-Apart, which is closer to the junkyard than Roshco might like to admit. However, under their sweet exteriors, each is just as good as the ingredients you put in to it. No matter which car you choose, after it’s assembled it’s sure to go fast… right off your friends’ plates and in to their mouths.
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