Lightning Mcqueen Cake - Some How To Photos

Decorating By boonenati Updated 20 Nov 2010 , 7:03pm by mrsvan

boonenati Posted 15 Jul 2006 , 3:13pm
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I made a lightning McQueen cake today. Keira asked me how the wheel space was done. Here are some pictures that describe how the cake was done. Hope it helps. I baked the cake last weekend, carved it, wrapped it in plastic and froze it, the rest was done yesterday and today. I didnt think to take photos when i was cutting it up, so i have put a diagram instead. Mudcake is perfect for this type of work, as it is very moist and the parts can be stuck together by just applying a bit of pressure.
1. Bake oval cake, i used an 11 by 14 inch 3 inch tin, and used my dark mud recipe. Cut the sides as in the picture and put those piecese on top to form the roof of the car. Trim the sharp edges.
2. Using a round cookie cutter cut out the space for the wheels. (Wheels need to be made in fondant a few days in advance using a slightly smaller cookie cutter)
3. Cover entire cake in whipped ganache and smooth.
4. Cover cake in fondant, using a smaller cookie cutter than previously cut out the fondant where the hole for the wheels is and fold in the remaining fondant into the wheel space (????)
5. Add wheels
6. Add other trims, see finished product.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-gallery_display_50619.html

cheers
Nati
LL

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Doug Posted 15 Jul 2006 , 3:55pm
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EXCELLENT!!!

do, oh do, submit this to become a permanent tutorial on here!!!

boonenati Posted 15 Jul 2006 , 4:03pm
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Originally Posted by Doug

EXCELLENT!!!

do, oh do, submit this to become a permanent tutorial on here!!!



Thanks Doug
I didnt think it had enough detail to be a permanet tutorial, but i will give it a shot anyway : )
Nati

MustloveDogs Posted 15 Jul 2006 , 10:11pm
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Thankyou! Thankyou! Thankyou!
I have always had trouble around the wheel area and I never would have thought to tuck the fondant in, I always have just cut with a circle and left it there!
Oh Nati, Thankyou so much for sharing your directions! I was amazed by how perfect your car is and despaired of ever being able to do a decent car!
My son's birthday is coming up in September and he will absolutely LOVE this!
I really appreciate your generosity in giving us the how-to!

I never would have thought of whipping the ganache, I have always poured it over for an even finish or used my spatula when it thickened for hard to reach spots! I should try whipping it.

You have made my day with your instructions! (have had 2 sleepless nights with sick kids so really appreciate the cheering up!)

Thankyou again Nati! You are awesome!

fourangelsmommie Posted 15 Jul 2006 , 10:16pm
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Nati,

LOVED the cake! But I must ask...what is a mud cake?

boonenati Posted 15 Jul 2006 , 10:57pm
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Originally Posted by fourangelsmommie

Nati,

LOVED the cake! But I must ask...what is a mud cake?



fourangelsmommie
This is the recipe that i use for mudcake, please note that the temperature for the oven in wrong and should be 160 instead of 180.
It's a really moist and also dense cake, perfect for sculpting.

Nati

boonenati Posted 15 Jul 2006 , 11:02pm
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Keira
You're very welcome

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Originally Posted by keira

....I never would have thought of whipping the ganache, I have always poured it over for an even finish or used my spatula when it thickened for hard to reach spots! I should try whipping it...



Im not sure which recipe you use for ganache, i know some ppl add butter and/or sugar, i make mine with chocolate and cream only (600gms choc, 250mls cream)
I let it cool outside of the fridge for about half an hour before whipping it, you can't do anything with it when it's still warm.

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Originally Posted by keira


You have made my day with your instructions! (have had 2 sleepless nights with sick kids so really appreciate the cheering up!)

Thankyou again Nati! You are awesome!



Thanks Keira, hope the kids are feeling better (???)
take care
Nati

sugartopped Posted 16 Jul 2006 , 2:12am
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this is great!! thank you very much!

Samsgranny Posted 16 Jul 2006 , 2:20am
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Wow, Nati, that is some cake! It is sooooo beautiful! Great job!

boonenati Posted 16 Jul 2006 , 11:25am
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Originally Posted by Samsgranny

Wow, Nati, that is some cake! It is sooooo beautiful! Great job!



Thanks Samsgranny, i wish i had been with it when i carved it and taken pictures.
Speaking of PICTURES, where is yours?
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Nati

MustloveDogs Posted 17 Jul 2006 , 11:00am
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Hi Nati,
I make my ganache with just chocolate and cream too, so I will give it a go whipping it. Thanks!

The kids are still sick. My 2 year old daughter has a chesty cough but is otherwise unstoppable as usual...I think she is going to be a prima donna or actress or something...
My 4 year old son has me really worried. He has a severe chest infection that is almost pneumonia and is hacking his lungs out right now. Poor thing.. I don't think I will get much sleep tonight either and I have 3 cakes due this week. Hopefully all these antibiotics will work soon.
Many Thanks
Keira

playingwithsugar Posted 17 Jul 2006 , 11:14am
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Nati, as always, you never cease to amaze me. Who's Lightning McQueen?

Theresa icon_smile.gif

boonenati Posted 17 Jul 2006 , 12:06pm
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Originally Posted by tmriga

Nati, as always, you never cease to amaze me. Who's Lightning McQueen?

Theresa icon_smile.gif



Theresa
Lightning McQueen is the main character in a new kid's movie made by Pixar, called Cars.
This is him





Nati
LL

karmicflower Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 4:46am
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hi, wow, that cake is amazing, thank you so much for the tutorial, really helped to see the process. Im intrigued by your mud cake. could you share the recipe with me?

thank you icon_biggrin.gif

boonenati Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 5:48am
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Originally Posted by karmicflower

hi, wow, that cake is amazing, thank you so much for the tutorial, really helped to see the process. Im intrigued by your mud cake. could you share the recipe with me?

thank you icon_biggrin.gif



Thanks : )
The recipe is here, please note that the baking temperature is incorrect, and it should be 160 degrees celcius instead of 180.
It takes a long time to bake, but it's worth it cause it's yummy.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-2107-1-Dark-Chocolate-Mudcake.html
Nati

mschelle Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 9:30am
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If you are not good at carving even with these easy directions, do what I did and use the 3d wilton car pan. Great job on the car by the way.

Doug Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 12:29pm
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for those needing temp conversion help

Fahrenheit..Celsius
250............120
280............140
320............160
350............180
390............200

(these are "close enough" not exact equivalents)

CarolAnn Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 12:39pm
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The mudd cake recipe looks good, now if someone can translate the gms for me please.

Doug Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 12:42pm
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this is copied from somewhere else on CC (clueless -- I saved it to my computer)

BUT....if you have an electronic scale, see if it can't weigh in grams....FAR more accurate.
LL

boonenati Posted 18 Jul 2006 , 8:42pm
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Originally Posted by CarolAnn

The mudd cake recipe looks good, now if someone can translate the gms for me please.



I would try Doug's suggestion. Weighing ingredients is far more accurate than measuring in cups. The amount of chocolate you use will depend on wether you use buttons like i do, and if the size of the buttons are different then you wont get the same quantity into the recipe.

Thanks for the help Doug
Nati

cashley Posted 17 Aug 2006 , 3:21am
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thank you icon_biggrin.gif[/quote]
Thanks : )
The recipe is here, please note that the baking temperature is incorrect, and it should be 160 degrees celcius instead of 180.
It takes a long time to bake, but it's worth it cause it's yummy.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-2107-1-Dark-Chocolate-Mudcake.html
Nati[/quote]

Maybe you could ask a moderator to fix the error in the recipe to save someone some grief icon_smile.gif. Looks like a yummy recipe will have to try it.

lbrutland Posted 17 Aug 2006 , 7:30pm
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Thanks for posting the recipe, but what are dark chocolate "buttons"?

boonenati Posted 18 Aug 2006 , 2:16am
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Originally Posted by cashley

Quote:
Originally Posted by boonenati


Thanks : )
The recipe is here, please note that the baking temperature is incorrect, and it should be 160 degrees celcius instead of 180.
It takes a long time to bake, but it's worth it cause it's yummy.
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-2107-1-Dark-Chocolate-Mudcake.html
Nati



Maybe you could ask a moderator to fix the error in the recipe to save someone some grief icon_smile.gif. Looks like a yummy recipe will have to try it.



cashley
I have actually requested this to happen, but it seems it's not an easy thing to do. I have instead put up a post about the recipe being incorrect. Unfortunately i've done all I can, and it's just not enough. icon_cry.gif

boonenati Posted 18 Aug 2006 , 2:17am
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Originally Posted by lbrutland

Thanks for posting the recipe, but what are dark chocolate "buttons"?



lbrutland, dark chocolate buttons, is simply dark chocolate that comes in the shape of buttons, but any nice tasting dark chocolate is ok, chop it up and put it in the recipe : )
Enjoy!!
PLEASE note the temperature is incorrect and should be 160 instead of 180 celcius.
thanks
Nati

steffy8 Posted 18 Aug 2006 , 2:21am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug

for those needing temp conversion help

Fahrenheit..Celsius
250............120
280............140
320............160
350............180
390............200

(these are "close enough" not exact equivalents)




Thanks, teach!!! I probably would have set the oven on 160 and waited FOREVER (I went to a small podunk HS with 25 in my graduating class) Now, what is "castor sugar"

boonenati Posted 18 Aug 2006 , 2:38am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by steffy8

Now, what is "castor sugar"



Steffy
Castor sugar is granulated sugar, it is slightly finer than the regular granulated sugar, and it melts quicker, so it's great for buttercakes etc. In a mud cake, since you have to melt everything together, it wont matter if you use regular granulated sugar.
Cheers
Nati

steffy8 Posted 18 Aug 2006 , 2:48am
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got it, thanks thumbs_up.gif

busybscakecompany Posted 1 Jun 2007 , 2:47am
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I LOVE your Cars cake, Directions, and pictures. Now, how do I save this so I can find it again?

Martina Posted 1 Jun 2007 , 6:30am
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icon_eek.gif That's amazing! Adorable! icon_smile.gif

bky Posted 25 Jun 2007 , 1:30pm
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I am so happy, it is going to make my son's day when he sees this cake... thank you so much.

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