Tyre ‘n’ Mechanic

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Skill Level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 15
Decoration Time: 2 Days

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  • 8” round by 3” deep chocolate cake


  • 800g dark chocolate ganache

Cake Card and Drums

  • 2 x 6” Square cake drum
  • 8” Square cake drum
  • 12” temporary cake card


  • 1.5 kg black sugarpaste
  • 400g grey sugarpaste
  • 200g white sugarpaste
  • 10g White modelling paste
  • 100g Dark blue modelling paste
  • 70g Light blue modelling paste
  • 30g Brown modelling paste
  • 60g Flesh modelling paste

Modelling Chocolate

  • PME modelling tools

Paints and Dusts

  • Pale silver dust by rainbow dust
  • Watermelon Pink by sunflower sugarart
  • Milk Chocolate by Rainbowdust
  • Black


  • 8” round by 3” deep cake dummy
  • 13mm Cake dowel by 8” long
  • Icing sugar
  • Confectioners glaze
  • High percentage alcohol


  • Serrated knife
  • Sharp cutting knife


  • Small paintbrush

Modelling Tools

  • PME modelling tools

Cakey Tools

  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic cake smoothers
  • Small lily cutter
  • 2.5cm square cutter
  • 4cm circle cutter


  • Hot glue gun
  • Power drill
  • Size 13 Spade bit
  • Scissors

Although we have a number of car cake tutorials on the site until now there hadn't been anything for the mechanics who keep them on the road. So, here it is! A tutorial that tackles 2 major skills...making a 3D tyre and making a sitting sugar model. What more could you ask for?

This design is perfect for a birthday or perhaps something for your local garage or mechanic after a job well done. The techniques learned there are endless potential designs. A fun cake that will be sure to bring a smile to anyone's face and have the guests asking...'how did they do that?'

Follow this tutorial to pick up some new skills and techniques, which include creating a stand to support a standing circular cake, working with ganache, creating a realistic tyre, modelling work, edible dust work and lot's more. Perfect for an intermediate cake designer or for a beginner looking for a challenge.

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Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford

Paul Bradford´s mission is to ‘Empower people to achieve their cake decorating dreams’ by providing a range of cake decorating courses and online tutorials through their website, which currently teaches 185,000+ students.  
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