3D WHEEL CAKE Tutorial

3D WHEEL CAKE Tutorial


Learn how to make a realistic 3D Tire Cake!

Making a car cake as a birthday cake is wonderful idea but not only is it challenging, but it can also be quite expensive for your customer. An alternative idea that is easier to make and cheaper for your customers is a tire cake.

Today I want to show you my way of making a realistic 3D Wheel Cake. I will show you how to make the rim with pastillage, how to carve the cake accordingly, and how to create the treads on the tires.

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Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
3D Wheel Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.
While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Plastic Wrap Shop Online
Cellophane Shop Online
Cake rings
20cm, 15cm round
Pushing objects
3mm, 1mm thick

For tire threads

Phillips head screw driver
Large Straws Shop Online
Usually for thick drinks like shakes and smoothies.
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
40cm x 40cm square OR 40cm (diametre) round
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Recipes & Ingredients

4 x 900g = 3.6kg sponge
Baked in 30 cm rings to reach 100mm high cake

A moist and rich chocolate mud cake aerated with baking powder and soda bicarbonate. A very dark and dense mud cake which contains a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of coffee powder. Years ago wedding cakes...[read more]

1.8kg for sandwiching and masking

Chocolate ganache is nothing but pure chocolate melted with a generous amount of boiling fresh cream. This smooth airless chocolate cream makes a lot of things possible. A benefit of chocolate ganache is that the high...[read more]

Rolled Fondant

1500g black
30g red

A commonly used sugar paste for coating cakes. Also known as RTR (ready to roll) fondant.


A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water...[read more]


  1. Raj Vullakula says:

    Thanks for the tutorial.
    – I see the size of the cake is 30 cm (~12 inches) and 100 mm (~4 inches). What is the recipe for the cake? I see as you are carving the cake, it has to be hard enough to work with.


    1. Serdar Yener says:

      http://www.yenersway.com/recipes For a 12″ x4″ height cake you need 4 kg mud cake sponge and 2 kg ganache. If the cake is 10″ round you need 2.4 kg sponge and 1.2 kg ganache.

  2. Lisa Debie says:

    What did you use to crumb coat the cake? Also I always have a problem when stacking 2 cakes to make the 4″ height. Do I have to use anything between the layers? Thank you.

    1. Serdar Yener says:

      Crumb coat – Ganache
      Crust coat – Compound chocolate
      Final coat – ganache again
      Use a little bit of ganache or buttercream to stack high cakes.

  3. Andrea Kopp says:

    Thanks for sharing
    Will try this one for my son s party

  4. Joanne Coop says:

    By far the best tutorials I have ever come across. You are a genius!

  5. Chris W Harlims says:

    This is very realistic. Sir Yerner, thank you so very much for sharing your knowledge with us.
    A million thanks!!

  6. Barbara Babicz says:


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