Learn how to make sugar car tyres to use with car cakes.

In this tutorial, I show you my easy way of making sugar car tyres/wheels. Making 3D car cakes can be a challenging task and with this tutorial, I hope to make part of it easier for you.

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Downloadable Course Material

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Easy Sugar Car Tyres 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
Cylindrical pipe
5cm - 7cm long
Piston pusher
Exact fit to the pipe
Center indenter
Threaded Rod (10mm) Shop Online
For marking tyre tread marks
Threaded rod with 10mm diametre (also known as M10).
Plastic knife
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Starch duster
Small brush
For painting the centre with silver
Silver ouster
Mixed with oil
Recipes & Ingredients
Pastillage & Gum paste mix

1:1 (or more pastillage)



  • Hi, This is a great tutorial, thank you. If I were to use this method for a motorbike cake topper, what would be the best way to make the indentations for the center on both sides? or would it be better to do 2 thinner sides and stick together? or perhaps do the black tyre and do discs to go on either sides for the rim design

    • I wouldn’t use the same method for motorbike tyres. You have to make wheel center by rolling cuting and removing some parts with small cutters or craft knife. When these are dry then stick the black rubber part around of by rolling like sausage or big ball, push down flat and cut the center out the same size as the wheel center.

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