It is my son's 3rd b'day soon & i am going to try & make a lightning mcqueen cake.
I have bought the tin from Wilton & have had a trial run making the actual cake & it was ok.
I have a couple of questions though & believe me any advice will be absorbed like a sponge!!
When i greased the tin i used spray oil & flour for my 2st attempt but the features of lightning didnt quite stand out,2nd try i used butter & flour & the features came out a bit more but not as much as i would have liked.
1/ What do you use to grease your tin to make sure the features stand out?
2/ What icing set do you use? I have just had a practice using a bag & it wasnt good, do you have your buttercream very soft?
3/ Is there a technique to piping the perfect stars?
I am a complete novice so i apologise if i sound a bit dim
1) I always use Cake Release to grease the pan. It works great, especially on shaped pans. You can get it at Micheals, Walmart, or pretty much anywhere that sells cake decorating supplies. You just squirt a bit in the pan and spread it all over with a brush. A pastry brush it preferred, but my BBQ brush works just fine. Just make sure you get it in all the little nooks and crannies.
2) I use buttercream. You want it at a medium consistency; soft enough to easily sqeeze through the bag, but if you get it too soft the stars won't hold their shape.
3) As far as piping stars, hold the bag straight up, barely off the cake. Squeeze until whatever size star you want builds up, and let go. Don't lift your bag until after you stop squeezing or you will get peaks.
I'm not an expert, but I hope this helps.
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