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Gift Box Derby! Cake


Lightning McQueen candy plaque skids into the birthday party wearing his signature smile! Each gift package is a separate cake so they?ll be enough for over 80 guests.
Makes: Cake serves 84

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Step 1
In advance: Make Lightning McQueen candy plaque. Using candy color, tint 14 oz. dark cocoa candy black. Using white candy, tint 3 oz. each yellow, orange and gray; tint 1 oz. blue. Reserve 3 oz. white. Pipe melted candy into cake pan using cut parchment bags; chill until set after each addition. Pipe: blue ring irises; gray windows, muffler and small lightning bolt; yellow lightning bolt; orange numbers; red wheel centers; black tires and pupils; white mouth, headlights, windshield and dots on hood. Chill until firm. Fill pan with 35 oz. melted red candy. Chill until set; unmold. Overpipe with black candy to define details.

Step 2

Also in advance: Make fondant bows. Tint fondant: 8 oz. each red, yellow; reserve 16 oz. white. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to each, including white. Roll out 1/16 in. thick as needed. Cut using Fondant Ribbon Cutter fitted with straight-edge wheels and spacers needed for widths stated. For red and yellow bows, cut four 6 x 1 in. long strips and one 1 x 3 1/2 in. long strip for center loop. Fold into shape and secure ends with damp brush. For checkerboard bow, cut four 2 x 9 in. long strips and one 2 x 6 in. long strip for center loop (reserve excess white for card). With black FoodWriter, lightly mark 1/2 in. checkerboard squares; fill in alternating squares. Fold into shape and secure ends with damp brush. Let all loops dry on sides on cornstarch-dusted boards.

Step 3

Still in advance: Make wrapping paper tears and supports. Tint 4 oz. fondant blue; add 1/8 teaspoon Gum-Tex. Roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut using patterns. Let tears dry over large section of Wave Flower Former dusted with cornstarch. Reroll fondant to 1/4 in. thick. Cut two triangular supports, 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. high, to support car. Let dry flat.

Step 4

Finally in advance: Make card. Roll out a portion of reserved white fondant 1/16 in. thick. Cut 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. card. Let dry.

Step 5

Tint fondant: 100 oz. blue, 24 oz. green, 24 oz. yellow, 8 oz. red; reserve 10 oz. white.

Step 6

Bake and cool two 2-layer 6 in. cakes and two 2-layer 10 in. cakes (trim for a 10 x 8 in. high cake). Prepare 10 in. cake for Stacked Construction. Prepare and cover cakes with rolled fondant; reserve excess yellow for ribbons. Roll out yellow, red and white fondant 1/16 in. thick. For green and yellow cakes, cut two 1 x 14 in. long yellow and red strips; attach over cakes using damp brush. For blue cake, cut three 13 x 2 in. wide and two 2 x 7 1/2 in. long white strips. Mark and fill in checkerboard pattern as before. Attach 13 in. strips over two sides and back of cake; attach one of 7 1/2 in. strips to front of cake, bending for a slight wave at the end.

Step 7

Position cakes. Attach remaining checkerboard strip with wave near end. Attach bow loops and center knot using fondant adhesive. Print message with black FoodWriter and attach card. Chill candy plaque for 10-15 minutes, to help set attached pieces quickly. Attach fondant tears and easel supports using melted candy; let set. Attach plaque assembly to blue cake with melted candy.

* Combine Leaf Green with Lemon Yellow for green shown.
* Combine Lemon Yellow with Golden Yellow for yellow shown.
* Combine Christmas Red with Red-Red for red shown.

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