Today I'm going to share an adorable Bicycle and Balloons cake tutorial!
I wanted to take a little break from fondant today and so we are working with two of my FAVORITE cake decorating mediums--buttercream & chocolate candy coating! ;0)
How to Make a Bicycle And Balloons Cake
I started out by frosting a six inch cake with Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting (tinted Americolor Sky Blue). Then...the fun part...
The main focus of our cake will be our chocolate bicycle. Use whatever colors you'd like--our bike is piped with pink, black & white candy coating.
You can find colorful bags of candy coating (Wilton Candy Melts for instance) in your favorite cake supply shops--but for our bike, we deepened our shade of pink candy coating with Wilton Pink Candy Coloring.
(*You cannot tint candy coating/candy melts with the ordinary coloring gels that you would use with frosting or fondant. The chocolate will seize. It needs to be candy coloring, which is oil based.) -
For your template, you can draw your own bicycle, print one off of clip art online, or Click HERE to use mine. You'll want to tape your template to a cake board or cookie sheet, and then tape a piece of waxed paper or parchment on top of it.
Next, melt your candy coating & put into your piping bags.
Ready? Here we go!
Here I am, tracing my bicycle. I'm using a Wilton 4 tip. (If you'd rather skip the piping tips altogether, you can just snip the ends of your piping bags. The tips ensure a nice round opening, the only drawback is cleaning out the chocolate later ;0)
After outlining the bicycle once, I went over it once again. This is optional, but the thicker your chocolate decoration, the more sturdy it will be.
I used silver dragees in the center of each wheel. You can see that my bicycle is not perfect...but still very lovable ;0) -- I did mine all in one sitting, but if you'd rather chill the cookie sheet/bicycle in the freezer for a few minutes in between color changes, that works very well too.
Once your piping is finished, place in the freezer for a few minutes or just until firm. (It would firm up at room temperature too, but it would take longer & would be more fragile when placing on the cake.
Once the bicycle is nice and firm, run your hand gently beneath the waxed paper to release it.
You'll notice that your bike has a smooth side and a bumpy, more textured side. Choose your favorite and then flip it over to apply dots of buttercream here and there to the back. It's best to handle your chocolate pieces while still cold.
I decided that I wanted a chocolate present for the back of the bike. Since I didn't think of this earlier, I'm going to have add it to the bike later with a bit of chocolate...but for you, I'll go ahead and incorporate it into the template ;0)
Now, let's talk balloons! We considered tinting buttercream lots of different shades so that I could pipe on buttercream balloons.
Tinting buttercream is not my favorite though, and it just so happens that I have several different shades of Wilton Candy melts. These became my balloons--hooray! Of course, if I didn't have these on hand, I would have made them in buttercream.
I used a dot of buttercream to apply the chocolate balloons to the cake. Some balloons had more buttercream on the back than others, to add a little depth and movement.
While most of my balloons are candy melts, I snuck in a couple of hot pink buttercream ones too. These are piped with a Wilton medium sized tip-12.
I added buttercream strings using my Wilton Tip 1... Things are starting to come together!
I added a few puffy clouds with my Wilton 12 tip and some grass with my Wilton 21 star tip (grass is tinted with Americolor Electric Green.) -
That's all there is to it! I think that the cake turned out really simple & sweet. The chocolate present on the back is decorated with buttercream dots & bow. I hope you like it-- if you ever give it a try, we would LOVE to see.
Another Bicycle Cake Tutorial!
**Update Jan. 2018: We've recently added a Valentine's Day Bicycle Cake to our Member Cake Video Section! We used the same template, only with fondant instead of candy coating. We love this look also! Feel free to take inspiration from this version whether working with fondant or candy coating ;0) --
Enjoy the Cake!
Thanks so much for stopping by! If you give this bicycle and balloons cake a try, we would love for you to leave a comment and photo below!
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MUY LINDO TUTORIAL SOY DE PERU Y GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR SON UDS. MUY AMABLES GRACIAS.
I love this cake! I used your template to make my own bicycle cake for Valentine's Day and linked back to your tutorial. Piping the candy melts and not having them run all over the place was harder than I thought it was going to be, but I think it turned out really cute. Thanks for a great idea!
So cute;) I`m goimg to try to make this for my birthday;)
Adorable!! My birthday is the 14th. I'm gonna attempt this. Thanks again you've been very sweet by sharing.
This is just what i was looking for! I tried making this using stiff buttercream but before I saw your tutorial! But now Im sure it will work using your method.
Thank you. Its lovely.
Wow I LOVE this!!! Do u happen to have a tutorial or blog about how you make the cake? I've tried making a layered cake before and can never get it to stack correctly and definitely can't frost it like that...please provide the link to a cake recipe/frosting tutorial if you've got one!!! Thanks so much :)
I love this cake and am hoping to make it for a benefit that I have been asked to donate a cake or two...thank you so much for posting and especially for including the printable pic of the traceable bike....I am also happy to see that I can use some of the choc disks for this...
Ok. So I made the cake. It was a challenge. I've learned I have a long way to go with my chocolatiering skills. The bike was a real struggle, but I got there..sort of.
I just have to say, I realize this was 3 years ago that you posted it, but this was a great cake idea! I made it today, mine had 4 bikes around the base and balloons out of each one, and it was so simple! Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration for our bike birthday party!
Hi Sarah- Thank you for your feedback! I'm so happy that you made the cake, and love that your version had four bikes! I'm sure it was adorable, and a bike party sounds like so much fun. xoxo ;0)
Beautiful work. I lovely. Sorry, I'm brazilian e i don't speak english. Kisses for you.
Hi! I’m wondering how far in advance these decorations can be made and how to properly store them?