Saturday, February 21, 2009

Lightning McQueen--The twin's bday cake.

My little twins decided awhile ago that they wanted a Lightning MCQueen cake for their birthday. I decided I would try to scuplt a cake since I didn't have a car cake pan but wanted to do the 3-D thing.

Now, why I thought I could do this I don't know, because I have never been good at sculpting anything, so as a result I lost interest in the project before it started and had no expectations for a great cake.

But, I went ahead and did it anyway. First, I baked 2 square cakes, cooled slightly, floured a cookie sheet, dumped them out on it and chilled them in the fridge overnight.

Then I stacked them, cut the front of McQueen 5 and 1/2 inches and added some cake to the tail to make the length about 10 inches.

I looked at a picture of Lightning and tried to cut his shape out. As you can see, he was a little lopsided.
I frosted the cake, let it sit in the fridge again for about 30 mins, then put a little white fondant where his teeth should be. Then I rolled out the red fondant and covered him.

I cut lips in the red so you could see his white teeth coming through. This was probably my favorite detail.

I fashioned a spoiler out of fondant and used icing to stick it to the back.

Then it was about midnight so the race car went back to the refrigerator.

In the morning I started adding some more details.

Then the finishing touches and cleaned up the plate.

Wa-la! Those are googly eyes on the cake. I just didn't want to try to do the eyes and this was easy and turned out just fine.

You can see Lightning's lopsidedness. Oops, I should have been paying more attention to the knife instead of just trying to get that part over with. It was a scary moment for me.


The twin's initials. McQueen also got a # change. He used to be 95, but for our cake, he was 96. Nice attention to detail... :)

My husband saw that I was strugling to cut out the lightning bolts, so he gallantly stepped in and helped me out there.

We put lightning bolts on the cupcakes too. My sister came and helped cut them out. It's a little time consuming. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but my fondant started to dry out a little so some of the edges are a little rough on the cake and cupcakes.

Another great view of the lopsided top.

like I said, my favorite detail. It wasn't my idea. I looked at some cakes online and saw a lady do this. My cake looks like a 2 year old did it next to hers... Basically I tried somewhat unsuccessfully to copy her.

But really all in all, I was very pleased with the way it turned out. I always want everything to be absolutely perfect so maybe next time I will lower my expectations and enjoy less stress and just the results.
Hmm, I'm not sure, but I think that was just a turning point! :)

3 comments: said...

I think it's fantastic and super creative!

Alkemie said...

You're super talented! The car cake is so cute! I love how you put eyes on him :)

Karen O.

Robyn said...

Cutest cake ever! That's a LOT of work for something that gets a knife taken to it and devoured in about 5 minutes flat! I'm super impressed! :)