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Making a Camaro cake- want working headlights..I NEED HELP!!

post #1 of 25
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My boyfriends birthday is next Tuesday, so I have 6 days to figure this out and finish it. I am going to make him a 3D hand carved '99 Camaro and really want to add working headlights. I have manipulated an old string of Christmas lights so that there are two bulbs and a long wire to connect to a battery, and they work. I have read that to insert them into the cake I should have them inside a tube. The problem is, I don't have a tube, and none of the stores that I can find around me have food grade tubes for purchase. Has anyone done this? I need suggestions on how I can get this to work safely. Thank you! icon_confused.gifbirthday.gif
post #2 of 25
i would think you could use some pipe from the plumbing bit of a diy store. maybe not exactly food safe, but i doubt youd find any that is. and if it was my cake, since it would just be for me and my bf, id wash it, and go with it!
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post #3 of 25
Could you use a bubble tea straws? If not and you do use plumbing, perhaps you could wrap it in aluminum or maybe gumpaste so it doesn't actually touch the cake.
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post #4 of 25
I'd go with the straws as they would be a little more rigid. If you want flexible, use the clear hose that you can get at places like Ace hardware or McCoy's. It's inexpensive and wonderfully flexible. Just wash it good before you use it to get the dust off and you're good to go.

Hope this helps!
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post #5 of 25
Straws?
post #6 of 25
They have small lights in the cake/wedding stuff at Wal-Mart. There are two to a package, battery operated, and they make great headlights.

I used them for a John Deere cake I made one time. They're really cool.
post #7 of 25
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I will look at Walmart, I hope mine has those lights, that would be more ideal, I dont know if I am very comfortable running wire through my very first cake. I will check when I get out of work to see if I can find them. Thanks to all of those who have already given suggestions. I will definitely try all of those options. More suggestions are always welcome icon_smile.gif
post #8 of 25
Amber--is there an on/off switch with the Walmart lights?
post #9 of 25
You can pick up these at any hobby shop that carries model car making materials. There are LED battery operated ones as well. Those last longer and look more like the real thing. Just pick up a phone book or do an online search to find your nearest store.
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post #10 of 25
aquarium tubing???
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post #11 of 25
thumbs_up.gif I agree with Amber75 the Wal Mart lights should work great. You will need to use a straw or some type of tube to slide them in and out of to turn the lights on and off. Be sure to post pics!!!!
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post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone for your wonderful suggestions. I have two options at the moment. A craft store near my college campus sells mighty bright mini tap lights which would work perfectly, but they are $11. My other option is $3 light up stars (off of earrings) from the party store. I think I will check the cheaper ones out first and if they don't look like they will work well, I will pick up the mighty bright ones. I cant find the lights on the Walmart website, but I have one near me so I can run by there and check too. I really appreciate all the help on here. I will definitely take tons of pictures and post them. Ive never made a cake other than the kinds that you bake in a rectangle and decorate with icing. I think this will be a blast! icon_biggrin.gif
post #13 of 25
I can't wait to see it!!!!!! I know he will love it!!!!!!!!
(and let us know how you do the lights!!!) icon_wink.gif
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post #14 of 25
Honestly, I'm not sure if you can turn them off or not. I think they last 4-6 hours maybe.... I turned them on and popped them in right before I delivered. They loved it.

They don't have any wires either... which is great!

Yeah, they probably wouldn't be on the website, but they should be in the store. My boyfriend has a racecar, and I made a cake for him a few years ago replicating said cake... I only wish I had them then. When I put them in the John Deere cake, he was more excited than I was.

I was thinking about picking up one to use in a lighthouse cake. It won't turn or flash, but it'll light up! I think it would be pretty cool, if I do say so myself.... ha ha!!
post #15 of 25
I got little LED lights at Walmart that they also have at craft stores like AC Moore and Michaels. They are individual lights that you twist to turn on and can then stick into the cake. My thought was to use PVC pipe from a hardware store. I've seen them use PVC on Ace of Cakes a bunch of times-just make sure it's clean. icon_smile.gif
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