Updated: Aug 17, 2020
This was going to be my first real go at a cake like this--one that would take some heavy duty decorating skills and use of baking essentials that I was not accustomed to using like fondant.
When my father-in-law turned 50 about 7 years ago, my mother-in-law wanted to do a special themed party from the 80's. Because they are also part of a local Corvette club, she also requested a themed cake. The cake was composed of four 13 x 9 cakes put together. Half the cake was chocolate peanut butter and the other half was lemon raspberry. The peanut butter frosting was so thick that I could barely get it smooth on the sides of the cake. The other side was a regular butter cream that I added some brown food coloring to to get basically the same color as the peanut butter frosting.
A couple days prior, I used a printed Route 66 emblem and a road template under wax paper to make the road and the signs. The first road I made crumbled and I had to re-melt it and try again. One of those-- if at first you don't succeed situations. I got so nervous and was freaking out that I wasn't going to be able to make this happen.
The next day I baked the cakes. I enhanced some box cake mixes to have better taste. To do this you add one extra egg than the box calls for, substitute milk for water and substitute melted butter for the oil. This will make it taste more bakery like and less "boxy", if you will.
“ It wasn't without its ups and downs and fears of not happening...”
On the day of, I started by blending Nilla wafer cookies to make the sandy texture. After frosting the cakes, I put the sand texture on and the chocolate road. I had bought some Wilton fondant to which I just started adding colors to create the cacti, grass and rocks. I also created a sheet to write, "I pity the fool." Once I was done placing the little things, I wrote out the banner. The first one was not so good, so I had to turn it over and do it again.
At this point, again, I was freaking out as I was out of fondant and the party was like an hour away from starting. I couldn't believe it. This close to the finish line and it was going downhill quick. Well as you can see in the pictures, I finished. It wasn't without its ups and downs and fears of not happening, but, I was able to pull through to make it happen!