How to Make a Motorcycle Birthday Cake

by Athena Hessong ; Updated September 28, 2017

Decorate a cake for any motorcycle lover.

motorcycle image by Bionic Media from

Items you will need

  • 9-by-14 sheet cake, baked and cooled
  • 2 16 oz. cans white cake icing
  • Offset spatula
  • Motorcycle coloring book image or outline
  • Wax paper
  • Permanent marker
  • Toothpick
  • 1 tube black decorator icing
  • Food coloring
  • Small bowls (1 per color)
  • Artist's paint brushes (1 per bowl)
  • 1 to 2 tbsps. milk (optional)
  • Birthday candles
  • Small toy motorcycle (optional)

Bake a birthday cake for any motorcycle lover, whether he's 4 or 84, and it's bound to be a hit. This cake does not require construction skills, but it still makes a fitting showpiece for a motorcycle-themed birthday party. Start with a coloring book page and wax paper to have everyone thinking that you are a professional cake decorator.

Step 1

Using the spatula, spread one can of white cake icing over the top and sides of a baked and cooled 9-by-14 sheet cake.

Step 2

Lay the motorcycle image on a flat working surface, and set the sheet of wax paper on top of the image.

Step 3

Trace the outline of the motorcycle on the wax paper with a permanent marker.

Step 4

Lay the wax paper on top of the iced cake, and trace the outline of the image with a toothpick to create a light impression of the motorcycle image in the cake icing.

Step 5

Remove the wax paper, and trace the outline of the motorcycle on the frosted cake with a tube of black decorator icing.

Step 6

Use the black decorator icing to write “Happy Birthday” on an open area of the cake.

Step 7

Evenly divide the remaining can of white cake frosting in two or three bowls.

Step 8

Add food coloring to each of the bowls, and stir into the frosting until you have the two or three colors.

Step 9

Use an artist's brush for each color to spread the colored icing in the outlined motorcycle as you would paint a picture. Dilute the icing in the bowls with 1 to 2 tbsps. milk if the icing is too thick to spread.

Step 10

Insert candles, and set an optional motorcycle toy on top of the cake before serving.


  • Look at cake supply stores for an offset spatula, which has an angled head designed for applying frosting to a cake. Use a regular spatula or even a butter spreader to frost the cake if you don't have an offset spatula.

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