The yellow race car that was brought out onto the stage at the Texas Motor Speedway's media day looked very familiar to racing fans in attendance, including three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Johnny Rutherford.
It was his famed race car albeit in birthday cake from as the crowd serenaded him with a happy birthday song.
As for the cake, there was only one woman sitting in the front row with bright eyes and a big smile, for Rutherford to thank for the insanely detailed cake. She was 37-year-old Erika Bridges. She’s owner of Confections in Cake in Burleson and you can pretty much say that she is the unofficial cake maker for the Texas Motor Speedway.
"For Texas Motor Speedway I am," said Bridges. "I do all of their big important cakes."
That would also include sculpting the face of racing legend Richard Petty onto his 80th birthday cake. After smiling for pictures with Rutherford and her latest creation, she said that crafting his cake was simpler than you might think.
"I plot out the size that i;m going to make it and I start with a larger block of cake," said Bridges. "Then I have to carve the cake from that larger block, just getting all of the lines and details into it and go from there."
But, don’t confuse simple with a lack of skill.
Bridges has been baking specialty cakes for the past 13 years at her shop in Burleson. She said that a cake like Rutherford’s still took two days to make, along with a little research on the internet.
So, if you’re impressed and would like Bridges to bring your dream cake to life it’s as simple as picking up the phone, she said with a smile.
"Yes. Call me," said Bridges.