Tuesday 28 April 2020

RECIPE: Quick and Easy Dirt Bike/Motorbike Chocolate Cake

Do you know someone who loves motorbikes? Then this is the cake for them and best of all it is really easy and quick to make too (with the help of a few hacks along the way!). As a busy parent myself I don't always have time to bake from complete scratch, so I love to utilise the home baking kits supermarkets have. I don't want to call this a 'cheat' because in my eyes you are still home baking a cake, but a few of the 'making' steps are cut out so it is simple, quick and easy to do. The ideal solution for anyone with a busy lifestyle that still wants to make the birthday boy/girl a special cake that they'll love.

I have quite a few different cake recipes/tutorials already on my blog, including Nutella & Roasted Hazelnut, White Chocolate Eton Mess and Spiced Caramel Feather Cake. This Dirt Bike cake works best with a chocolate sponge because you want it to look like mud, although you could make any cake flavour you like that would go with a milk chocolate frosting.
What you'll need:
1x Chocolate Sponge Cake Mix (I used one by Cadburys)
Plus the additional ingredients your cake mix requires, which are usually eggs, milk and oil
1x Milk Chocolate Icing Tub (I used one by Cadburys)
3x Cadbury Mini Rolls
2x Cadbury Flakes, crumbled
6x Oreos, middle scooped out and blitzed to a powder
1x Plastic Toy Motorbike/Dirt Bike 

What to do:
1) Preheat the oven to 180'C. Follow the instructions to make your chocolate sponge cake mix.
2) Leave your two sponges to cool completely on a wire rack.
3) Once cool you can start assembling your cake. Start by trimming the sponges to make them as level as possible.
4) Place one of your level cakes onto a presentation board/plate with a little of your icing underneath to stop it sliding around.
5) Cover the top with a thin layer of chocolate icing using a spatula. 

6) Place the second sponge on top. Carefully scoop out a 'ditch' type hole slightly off centre of the top sponge. Make sure not to go too far down and reach the middle layer of icing, as the cake make fall apart. 

7) Cover the cake completely with the chocolate icing. I used a cake scraper to get the sides neater and then left the top more 'messy' to create that muddy look.

8) Use the chocolate icing to stick three Cadbury Mini Rolls (two on top of each other and one to the side), which will become the dirt bike ramp.

9) Cover the Mini Rolls completely in chocolate icing using a palette knife. This doesn't need to be particular neat, as it wants to look like a mud ramp.
10) Use the blitzed Oreos to cover the 'dirt ramp' and sprinkle the crumbled flake around the edges of the Oreos. 
11) Arrange your toy motorbike (make sure it is clean, as it will come into contact with the cake) going up the 'dirt ramp'. I didn't use anything additional to fix it in place, as I found the icing was enough. 

12) You can also make a little checkered flag using a piece of paper, felt tip and cocktail stick for an added bit of detail.

What would your dream birthday cake be?

Feel free to leave a comment - I love reading every single one :)

Helen x


  1. I do love chocolate cake, not had a cake baking day in ages need one now as I really fancy chocolate cake x

  2. I thought the motorbike would also be edible... Only found out at the end that it was not. Well I guess that just makes the cake more versatile as you can put anything on top

  3. Love the idea. It sounds like a really yummy and easy idea for a birthday cake too. Bet my son would love this! No idea of my dream birthday cake although I have been adventurous and crated some nice cakes for the kids in the past. I don't normally make any for myself.

  4. Oh my goodness so much delicious cake! I would absolutely love to try and slice of this - what a fun idea for a boys cake as well.

  5. This is so cool! I would never have thought of using mini rolls to create the dirt bike ramp, such a great idea. Looks delicious, I'd love a slice!

  6. This is such a cool cake! Jack is getting really into bikes at the moment so I could see him wanting a cake like this for his birthday!

  7. This is such a simple yet a brilliant idea for a little (or big) boys birthday cake! Especially now when we have to make it on our own!

  8. This is such a cool idea and super effective too! I think it looks awesome and I can see any little bike fans loving this as their birthday cake!

  9. This looks like a fabulous cake idea which will be perfect for a friend of mine who love biking, and the cake looks delish as well

  10. Oh wow how talented are you. This is a super creative cake and I bet it tasted amazing too xx

  11. What a great idea for a birthday / themed cake. Bet it is as delicious as it looks

  12. This is an easy way to create a cake, especially at short notice or with limited resources

  13. What a fun idea for a cake, my boys would appreciate this! Wish I had spotted it earlier would have been perfect for our bake off competition.

  14. This is so cool and so creative! I love it!

    Katie xoxo


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