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Lightning McQueen Cake

Any party is a joy ride when you serve a cake starring Lightning McQueen! All the fun details you love on the big screen are here, including his blue eyes and grill smile!
Makes: Cake serves 12.

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Step 1

Prepare Icing
If Wilton Lightning McQueen Icing Color Set is not available, you will need Wilton Icing Colors in Golden Yellow, Royal Blue, No-taste Red and Black; Buttercream Icing. We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 5 1/4 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1/2 cup cup Black
Tint 1/4 cup Gray (using Black)
Tint 1/4 cup Yellow
Tint 1 cup Red in set (or No-Taste Red)
Tint 1/4 cup Dark Red (add Brown to Red)
Tint 1/4 cup Blue (add a little Black to Blue)
Tint 1/4 cup Light Blue
Tint 1/4 cup Orange (add Yellow to Red)
Reserve 2 1/4 cups white (thin with 1 1/4 cups with 4 teaspoons light corn syrup)

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Ice cake sides, background areas, front windshield, mouth, headlights smooth with thinned white.

Step 3

Ice side windows and small lightning bolt smooth in Light Blue.

Step 4

Ice wheel wells smooth in dark Red.

Step 5

Outline car, windows, mouth, headlights, hood, lightning bolts and tires with tip 3 in Black.

Step 6

Outline number with tip 3 in White. Add tip 3 dot rivets on hood.

Step 7

Cover tires with tip 16 lines in Black.

Step 8

Pipe-in eyes with tip 3 in Blue (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Pipe-in pupils with tip 3 in Black (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 9

Cover car with tip 16 stars in Red.

Step 10

Cover lightning bolt with tip 16 stars in Yellow and Orange.

Step 11

Cover number tip 16 stars in Orange.

Step 12

Pipe muffler with tip 3 in Gray.

Step 13

Pipe shell bottom border with tip 21 in White.

Step 14

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.


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Lightning McQueen Cake is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my twin grandsons 3rd birthday.... this is probably what started me on my journey to get better @ decorating. It was right after this that I signed up & took all the Wilton courses. Cake was easy except I did have difficulty in making LM's eyes the right way - - but that was due to my lack of experience. Instructions were great, colors were fun & my Sweeties loved it! Thank goodness Cars II is coming out this Summer - - I'm sure they'll ask for a redo. Does Wilton have a 'Matoe pan? I hear that he's got a bigger part. Thanks Wilton for so much fun!
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I make this cake for the son of my mothers friend, I was making a cake for my school class that was my home work and he saw it and like it he was beaging me to make one for hime on his 3rd birthday I said yes I will but he stilled beaging me it was funny looking at this little kidhow much he loved lighty mcqueen. I'm happy I said yes because one the cake arived at keving's house he was so happy and ansiouse to eat her car hahaha. Waching his big smile just make her mother cry. That cake was my birthday present.
Date published: 2011-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot say it is difficult, just take time. I enjoyed decorating the cake. Following instructions was really easy. I baked a cake for adults and set McQueen on top of it. I used butter cream icing. The colours red and black prepared one week in advance as per instructions of the McCall's bakery (where I got everything). I baked for adults 4 days in advance and Mc Queen 2 days in advance. I decorated it the day before. It takes around 4 hours. Kids love the cake and the invitees were fascinated with the cake.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have made this cake 3 times and it is a fairly easy cake to make. The piping does take a little time and it is very helpful to have the pan insert picture as a guide. Depending on the type/brand of cake, the lines on the actual cake may be a little difficult to follow. I do not think that you have to have a high skill level to decorate the cake, but you do need a little time. The cake took 3-4 hours for me to decorate the first time. Totally worth it to see the joy on my little one's faces!
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My son loves Lightning McQueen so I made this for his birthday. The overall cake was easy it is just a little tricky getting some of the details right (I am very picky). I put him on a sheet cake that I decorated as the black and white checkered flag at the end of the race. Also don't let it sit too long before you try and flip it out the cake must still be a bit warm or it will stick. The lines and features of the cake come out great with this pan though. I love it!
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My son did this cake for his son's birthday last year. I was amazed at how talented he was. The cake was perfect and no one could believe he did all the decorating (I did the baking). My grandson was thrilled with the cake. He put the eyes, windows, and headlights on first then used my frosting bags and tips to fill in and finished it off with thin black outlines for the windows.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was very fun to do. The hardest part is doing all the stars. your hand gets tired. The instructions are very helpful on the web site. I made this cake for a baby shower. I put a pacifier in Lightning McQueen's mouth. It was very cute. The details (the flame and number especially) did not show on the cake so it had to be free handed. But other than that it is easy.
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made a cake using the lightning mcqueen cake pan over the weekend. It was missing the pan insert. Using the Wilton website made making the cake a breeze! I find it easier if I make all the colors and prepare my icing bags before I get started decorating. My only wish is that all the pictures weren't backwards!
Date published: 2010-11-30
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