Lightning McQueen Cake

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My nephew is a huge fan of Disney’s Cars – he will never go anywhere without a Mater or Lightning McQueen toy in his hands. His 2nd birthday was fast approaching and I decided that I would make him a 3D Lightning Mc Queen cake. This gave me a chance to work on my cake carving skills. This was quite a hard cake to make, as I just dived straight into making it with little planning and I didn’t leave myself very much time to do it. To make the cake, I baked two 8’ round cakes, stacked them on top of each other, wrapped them up with cling film and placed them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Semi-freezing the cakes made it a lot easier to carve as the cake was much less crumbly. Using pictures of Lightning McQueen, I carved the basic shape of the car using sharp filleting and pearing knives. I made sure to exaggerate the curves and cuts of the car as they usually are less defined by the time you place the fondant over the cake. To make the areas where the wheels would sit I used round cookie cutters to cut out some cake. To make the 4 wheels, I used a smaller round cookie cutter. Once I was happy with the basic shape of the car I covered the cake in ganache, allowed it to harden and then smoothed the icing using the “hot knife” technique.

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To create Lightning Mcqueen’s red body, I rolled out red fondant and placed it onto the cake using a little bit of water to attach it. To add detail to his body, I created templates for the windshields and windows out of paper and used these to cut out the windows from fondant using a sharp knife. I attached these to the cake using sugar glue (a mixture of tylose powder and hot water). I also created flames with a number 2 as well as cut out his name from fondant, attached these to the cake and hand painted these with red and yellow edible paint to resemble flames. To make the car appear like it is hovering above the cake board I cut a thin strip of black fondant and placed it along the bottom of the car.

To make the tyres, I covered each individual round piece of cake I cut out earlier with black fondant. I used my decorating tool to add tread marks on the tyre, then added the mag wheels cut from fondant and hand painted them with black edible ink. I allowed the tyres to harden then placed them within the indents I had created earlier using the cookie cutter.

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Needless to say, the little man enjoyed his birthday and his Lightning McQueen cake.

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