Kids of all ages fell in love with the hit Disney movie Cars. The main character/car was Lightning McQueen. This character is offered as a shaped cake pan. Surprise your loved one on their birthday or just for fun with a Lightning McQueen cake baked and decorated by you. The instructions for the Disney Cars cake pan can be altered with some imagination and creativity. Experiment with different colours, or add a different number on the car.
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Things you need
- Lightning McQueen cake pan
- Cake mix
- Cake board
- Electric mixer
- Damp cloth
- 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 cup black icing
- 1/4 cup grey icing
- 1/4 cup yellow icing
- 1 cup red icing
- 1/4 cup dark red icing
- 1/4 cup blue icing
- 1/4 cup light blue icing
- 1/4 cup orange icing
- Cake tip 3
- Cake tip 16
Grease the pan thoroughly with solid vegetable shortening. Butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil is not recommended as they may cause the cake to stick to the pan.
Generously sprinkle flour in the pan for complete coverage.
Mix one package of cake mix according to the directions. Any flavour or type of cake mix can be used.
Pour the cake batter into the pan.
Gently tap the cake pan on the counter to even out the batter.
Place the cake pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake according to directions. Most cakes take between 30 to 40 minutes. You can use a toothpick to check if the cake is done.
Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.
Place a cake board on top of the pan and gently turn over the pan to release the cake onto the board.
Let the cake cool completely, at least one hour.
Brush loose crumbs off the cake and off of the cake board.
Mix shortening and butter with an electric mixer.
Add vanilla flavouring.
Slowly add sugar, one cup at a time, continuing to beat well at medium speed.
Scrape the bowl often. The icing will appear dry once all the sugar has been mixed in.
Add milk while beating at medium speed, until the icing appears light and fluffy.
Place a damp cloth over the bowl and place the icing in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Use a small spatula to smoothly ice the front windshield, headlights, mouth and sides of the cake with white buttercream icing that has been thinned down by adding water.
Ice the lightning bolt and the side windows using light blue frosting.
Use dark red icing for the wheel wells.
Using black icing and a small round tip, outline the car, windows, tires, lightning bolts, bonnets, mouth and headlights.
Use white icing to outline the number and add dot rivets to the hood.
Create the eyes with a smooth layer of blue icing topped with a dab of black icing for the pupil that is smoothed with your finger.
Squeeze small red stars out of a decorating bag, using tip 16 to cover the rest of the car.
Use yellow and orange frosting and star tip 16 to colour in the lighting bolt.
Decorate the number with orange frosting and the number 16 star tip.
Create a shell border along the bottom border of the cake using white icing and tip 21.
Tips and warnings
- To keep chocolate crumbs out of top layer icing, apply a layer of very thin (almost water like) icing to the cake prior to decorating.
- To thin icing, add a little bit of milk until you reach the desired consistency.
- To thicken icing, add a little bit of confectioners' sugar until you reach the desired consistency.
- Make dark red icing by adding brown to red.
- Make orange icing by adding yellow to red.
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