Lightning McQueen Birthday Cake
How to make a Lightning McQueen Cake.
This birthday cake was made for a friends son’s 3rd birthday. When she asked for Lightning McQueen from the movie The Cars I thought it might be quite hard to make but it turned out to be fairly easy although the decorating does take time so put aside a few hours if you ar going to make one.
I have added step by step instructions and photographs to help you create the cake and also a recipe for a firm chocolate cake which is ideal for novelty cakes which require shaping.
- Cut the chocolate cake as in picture 1.
- Spread chocolate butter icing on the base of the large piece of cake.
- Place the piece of cake cut from the side on top of the butter icing.
- The piece from the bottom of the cake will need trimming in half long ways so that it one piece will fit next to the other piece on top of the butter icing.
- The piece that is left cut in half and put in the middle of the cake, sticking it down with butter icing (see photo 2).
- You will now need to shape the cake, by cutting away the bonnet so that it slopes away, cutting some out of each side to give the wheel arches shape and trimming all the edges to make them round (see photo 3).
- Cover cake with a thin layer of butter icing which will help the fondant icing to stick to the cake.
- Roll out the red fondant out into a large square about a centimeter thick, big enough to cover the whole of the cake.
- Cover the cake with red fondant and smooth into place.
- The fondant will pleat at the sides of the car so make these gathers where the wheels will go and they wont be seen. this will leave the front back and sides in between arches smooth.
- Cut out the fondant where the wheels will be, using a round biscuit as the stencil. I used Griffins Toffee Pops (see picture).
- Cover wheels with grey fondant and put a round circle of red fondant in the middle. Finish the wheels off with silver balls.
- Shape a long triangle to fit along the back of the car to look like a fin. Hold this in place with some spaghetti!
- Cut the windows and mouth out of white fondant and put into place by wetting the back of the fondant with a little water.
- Cut out the lightning and circle for the roof and bonnet from the yellow fondant and put into place as before.
- Mark the red fondant with a butter knife where the doors, windows and bonnet are to define these areas (see final photo).
- Paint the eyes and mouth with black food colouring.
- Use red colouring to paint the circles.
Ingredients for Cake
- 250g butter
- 2 1/2 cups of SR four
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 250g sour cream
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 800g fondant icing (if buying in NZ I find Pettinice the best to use). Colour 80% red and then small amounts, yellow, white and grey.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
- Cream butter & sugar together till light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat mixture in between each one.
- Beat in the sour cream.
- Add dry ingredients and fold into the mixture.
- Put into a greased & lined (with greaseproof paper) oblong cake tin measuring approximately 35 x 25cm.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean. Check before removing the cake from the oven.
- Allow to cool over night before shaping cake.