A few weeks ago, I decided to try some fancy cake decorating like they do on Ace of Cakes. Keep in mind that I've never done such a thing. Previously, my cake decorating experience involved slathering some icing over a square or round cake. Sometimes I would write "Happy Birthday" or some such nonsense on the cake. But this is a whole new adventure. I had planned on carving a cake, covering it with fondant, and decorating it up so that it looked like Speed Racer's car, the Mach 5. On Friday, July 11, was a birthday party for a boy at my church who was turning 9 and he was a fan of Speed Racer. So this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I spoke with his mom about it the Sunday before and she assured me that there would be a back-up cake just in case.