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Greyhound bus cake

post #1 of 7
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I'm looking for instructions for making a realistic-looking Greyhound bus cake. Actually, I suppose instructions for ANY realistic-looking bus cake would get me on my way.

Any photos of the same?

Many thanks in advance.
post #2 of 7
closest I could find on net http://www.fritchman.com/images/frances-wedding/bus-cake.jpg

so that's one idea -- flat carved cake.

for 3-D start w/ long loaf pan and crave one end to match the shape of front end of bus and then detail out in BC or fondant.
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Doug.

I was leaning heavily towards the 3D bus cake idea, but I haven't a clue as to supporting it from beneath so the tires look like they're really carrying the bus.

The long loaf pan idea is great...a big help. Thanks again.
post #4 of 7
Cut some styrofoam (or foamboard sheets) into a rectangle slightly smaller than the board the cake is on. The thickness depends on the size of your wheels and how you place them on the cake. Paint the foam black, or cover with black plastic...whatever it takes to make it unobtrusive. Place the cake and its board on top of the foam pieces. From most angles, the cake will look like it's floating above the table. Then, stick on your wheels. I'd probably cut wheel wells into the cake during the carving process so that the wheels look more realistic. Might make the wheels out of fondant covered cookies, etc.

I've wanted to go to the toy dept. and get some wheeled toys to take apart so I can make molds for chocolate wheels. But, haven't done that yet.
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post #5 of 7
I did a motor home cake, in my pics, don't know if that's what you are looking for. Happy to answer any questions.
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post #6 of 7
Thread Starter 
Crimsicle, I, too had thought about buying a toy bus for just that purpose, though I admit I had imagined that it might look a little weird...you know, a 54 year old woman, hovering over the dining room table, dismantling a toy bus. Oh well. I'll just wait until my husband is out of town, and I won't open my door to any visitors that day.

As to your "supporting advice," many thanks. I've read a few things today that offered similar instructions. Fortunately, a real Greyhound bus sits very close to the ground so a bus cake's supportive foam block should more easily be secreted beneath.

Skinnycakelady (The mystery of the day is this: How can oe be skinny and a cake lady at the same time?), I can't find the picture of your mobile home cake. I'd love to see it though.

If anyone one is interested, I'm planning on making a Greyhound bus cake with a person riding on top of it...wind blowing the hair back and all that. I'm titling it, "Riding the Dirty Dog," which is what we in our family call a trip on a Greyhound bus.

Lately, I seem to be into this idea of making adages and cliches into cakes; "A play on words" becomes a cake shaped and designed to look like Shakespearean play set on top of a bunch of cutout fondant words. Etc. etc. It humors me for some reason.

It must be one of those 54-year-old woman things.
post #7 of 7
Seems easy enough. I would probably cut a sheet cake in half and stack to make a rectangle. i would cover it in grey fondant and then decorate with fondant accents for windows etc. You could probably raise it up on some kind of support and make tires or just have it right on the cake board.
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