Welcome to How To Cook That
I am Ann Reardon Today we are making a 3D lightning mcqueen
cars cake. You can use this method that I am going to show you to make any car cake
that you like but today I am going to show you how to decorate it up as lightning mcqueen
because that is the one that has been requested the most. To make it easier for you to follow what I
am doing I have drawn up a cutting template. You will need to cut out the template and
cut the cake board and some of the fondant templates, just follow the instructions on
each piece and if they are two large to fit on the page then they have a joining line
to guide you where to join them together. That’s available on the website howtocookthat.net
as well as all of the ingredients for the recipes that I am using all of that is on
the website and I’ll put a link in the description below this video. Lets start with the number 95 place some non-stick
baking paper over you 95 and cut around the coloured part of the numbers ignoring the
white outline you want to cut close to the colour. Then roll out some white fondant If your fondant
is sticky you may need to gently rub some oil on the rolling pin when you roll it out
just to stop the fondant from just gluing to it. Place your non-stick baking paper with
the 95 cut out onto your fondant. Then using a dry paintbrush with either some edible yellow
powdered colour or luster dust just dust that over the top half of your numbers. Then use
the red on the bottom half and blend it in the middle by gently smudging the red into
the yellow. If you’ve got orange then use orange in the middle if not just blend them
together. Use a tissue to remove any excess colour so that it doesn’t spill onto the numbers
when we’re peeling it off. Then gently lift off the paper. Using a knife cut around the
numbers leaving a white border around them so that it looks just like it did in the picture.
When you are making a 3D cake like this it helps to make a lot of the details ahead of
time. So that you’re not trying to get it all done the night before the party.
Use a straw to cut out the centre of the number 9, that will be too tricky to do with a knife.
You need to make three of these number 95’s one for each side of your car and one for
the top. Once they are made don’t move them off your baking paper because if you do try
and move them while they are still wet like this they’re going to move out of shape, instead
cut around the baking paper and move to a tray so that you can leave them to dry. Next for the rusteze symbol that’s on the
front bonnet take a sheet of non-stick baking paper and carefully cut out the word rusteze
and the curved lines around the top and the bottom. Don’t worry about the tiny writing
on the logo we are just going to do the big word. Make sure you keep the centers those
tiny little bits of the letter e if you lose it just cut another little one because you
are going to need those. Roll out some brown fondant and place the
baking paper over the top. And then carefully place those little pieces of the e in the
right spot. And then using a dry paintbrush again brush on some yellow and then some orange
and then right on the very corners just a small tinge of your red colour you don’t want
too much of that because it doesn’t contrast enough with the browns you wont be able to
read it if you do too much red. Remove the centre of the e and cut around the logo. Then
next we want to make the outline for the logo, to do that roll a long skinny snake of black
fondant. This needs to be even the snake otherwise the outline will be uneven, if you don’t get
it right first time just roll it back up into a ball and try it again it can take some practice
to get a long even snake. If you can’t roll snakes and you’ve tried and you just can’t
get it then you can try cutting a thin shaving using a pizza cutter.
Brush a little water around the edge of the logo and then pick a starting point and wrap
the outline around using the end of your paint brush to push it into the small corners.
Once you’ve done that with the rusteze symbol you also need to outline your number 95. You
need more of that black so again either roll it our or use the pizza cutter. And same thing
moisten it with a paintbrush Starting at one end using wrap it around using the end of
a paintbrush or knife to get it into all of the corners Then place some extra black outline
and place it on the bottom sides of the numbers to make it look thicker like a shadow. To make your eyes cut out circles in the size
shown on the template. I used a piping tip for this, you only need two eyes but I like
to make extra so that I can choose the two that look the best together and look the most
natural. Using a straw cut a circle of black fondant out and place that onto the eye. If
you put a tiny dab of water onto the white it will help it stick, if you use too much
you’ll have a puddle of black around the pupil so you want to make it just damp rather than
wet. Using some blue colouring paint around the
edge of the eye and then on the white fondant, making sure you leave one quarter of the eye
a bit lighter than the rest of it. You can make these fondant details that we are doing
ahead up to a month before and just leave them to dry out in the open air at room temperature
and then once they are dry you can put them in an airtight container but make sure you’ve
go non-stick paper between them. Add the tiniest little dot, a tiny ball of white fondant just
to the edge of the pupil there just to bring the eye to life. Now to make the head lights and brake lights,
to do that place your templates onto the fondant and cut around them with a knife. Paint them
with black food colour around the edges and on the top to match the pictures that you’ve
got. Paint in the yellow and red and then add the black details on the top of the brake
light. So this is just like painting a picture or just like colouring in really. You’ve got
the shape cut out and you just need to copy what is in front of you to colour it in. I
am using gel colors for this, you can get those from cake decorating stores. To make the very back of the car cut around
the template in red fondant twice, trim the second one shorter than the first and add
to the base, using some water to glue them together. Again just making them damp not
wet. Then carefully put your brake lights into position .
Then roll out another snake of black and this time cut it into equal lengths, Brush those with your silver luster dust.
If you can’t get hold of luster dust then you could just use grey fondant for these
rods instead or silver. Using a tiny bit of water place one in the
centre, one on either side and then one half way in between each of those. I’m using then
end of a piping tip or you can use something small and round push down like the tip of
a pen with the ink taken out of it on the end of each one so that it looks like it is
bolted into place. I am always on the look out for other sweet
channels on youtube and if you are having a cars party then you might want to check
out mycupcakeaddictions tutorial she is putting up a mater cupcake this week I’ll put a link
to her channel in the description below this video for you. Now for your windows, roll out some dark grey
fondant and cut around the template to make the shape of the back and the side windows.
Set those aside on a tray to dry with all your other details. Now all of that can be done ahead, weeks before
the party so that then when you come to doing the actual cake the day before the party it
is not a stress. You guys keep asking how long does it take
to make these cakes, well to do all of those details and some of them I made more than
one of so that I could choose the best of that took 6 hours so set aside plenty of time.
Now a couple of days before I want you to make the cakes and the frosting. I am using
my favourite chocolate cake recipe which is moist and delicious and all of those recipe
details are on the website howtocookthat.net along with all the details about the fondant
and frosting quantities that you’ll need for this.
I am tripling the cake recipe which will give me 6 trays of cake, of which you only need
5 for this cake. So you’ll end up with one spare tray cake which you can use just to
eat. For the frosting I am making my chocolate
buttercream and some ganache and I’ve left the ganache overnight to firm up. Then I’m
just beating those together so it give a rich chocolatey frosting but it’s not quite as
expensive as if you just used ganache using the buttercream makes it a little more affordable. Cut out your cake board template out of thick
cardboard. And it will also need to be waterproofed so it doesn’t just absorb the moisture and
the oil from the cake and then it is going to be too soft. So you can either do that
using foil or tape. and completely cover it so it is waterproofed. Bend your base up to
match the profile of the base of the side of the car. If you want a simpler option you
can skip doing the cake board all together. THat’s fine you just make the base of your
cake sit flat on the serving platter and for that option you will need that 6th layer of
cake so don’t eat it then. And there obviously then wont be a gap under your car. If you
want your car off the platter then you need to support it up, I am using 1 cm maths counting
blocks, if you are using a wooden cake board you can drill support rods in and trim them
to the right size like we did on the minion cake. But today I am using a tile so I am
not going to attempt to drill through it without cracking it so I am going to hot glue gun
them into place instead. Once your finished your cake board should look like this with
the cardboard sitting off the tray and it is not completely flat it is going a bit up
at the back and a bit up at the front. Once all of your tray cakes are completely
cool I want you to spray them with some simple syrup to ensure that the cake is extra moist.
When you’re making 3D cakes the cake is expose to the air for quite a while while you put
it together and carve it so it can dry out, so to help counteract we use simple syrup
which suprisingly does not make the cake soggy just makes the cake moist. Put your car template onto one of the tray
cakes and cut around it using a serrated knife. Place a small amount of frosting onto the
cake board to hold the cake in place. Then here is my trick to get it to the cake
board without it breaking. Slide it onto something flat and strong I am using a chopping board.
Bring it to one end and then fold the baking paper under the edge . Then place the start
of the cake in the correct position and pull back the baking paper under the board back
towards the the opposite edge. As you do that the cake slides off into place.
Smother that in a thin layer of yummy frosting. Then add you next layer using the same method.
If it is not quite in the right spot straighten it up as you go. You need to repeat that until you have 4 layers
of cake piled up. Then cut your 5th layer into two pieces and add it to the middle section
because that’s where we need more height . Now take you side template and use that as
a guide carve over the top of your cake. Cutting over the bonnet up over the top and down the
other side. Next take the large roof template and line
up the front of the windscreen which you can see where that is from where you cut with
your side template. Cut around this template going straight down to the level of the front
bonnet and no further. Then remove the excess cake.
Then add the smaller roof template this time that up with the top of the windscreen not
the front of the windscreen . Trim down on an angle to join up with the base of the previous
cut that you’ve just done using the bigger template. Next we want to slightly trim down the front
bonnet just like it looks on the car in the same width as the top of the roof. and you
want to do the same thing again at the back of the car do the same at the back of the
car so it goes down slightly in the middle. using your knife then slightly round off the
corners at the top and base of the cake. Take a round cookie cutter in a similar size
to the wheels if it is slightly smaller that’s ok you can do more than one cut and using
your template to find the correct location for the wheels and push the cutter into the
cake. Then use a spoon to scoop out the cake that’s in the middle there. Next you want to cover the entire cake in
frosting. This seals in the moisture of the cake and gives us something for the fondant
to stick to. Once it is completely covered place it in the fridge. While it is in the fridge we are going to
make our wheels to do that cut oreo sized circles out of some red fondant. Then using
a smaller circle indent the centre. Then using a straw cut 6 circles around the centre in
the middle section. Then take another straw and flatten it one way and then turn it an
flatten it in the opposite way and use that to cut around the edge of the wheel to cut
rectangles out of that. Cut out 8 circles of black fondant.
Sandwhich 2 oreos together using frosting and then spread a thin layer of frosting around
the edges. Add a circle of black fondant to the top and bottom of each stack.
Brush a small amount of water, just dampen it, onto the black and add the red circles
on top. roll out some black fondant fairly thickly and evenly. To help you do this you
can buy rings for your rolling pin or you can use two of something that’s the same size
like chopsticks like I am using here. Cut it to size using the template and then
cut a narrower strip of red fondant that has been fairly thinly rolled and put that up
fairly close to the top edge of your wheel. Then use a chopstick to make an indent for
the top of the red circle go into. So that when you are rolling it you are not squashing
that red disc that you have just made which would make it crack so we are just indenting
down using a chopstick or you could use a ruler whatever you’ve got that is going to
make enough space that when you are rolling that red bit can just slot into.
Place one of your wheels on top and roll it up. When you get to the end trim off the excess
using scissors and push the end neatly into place. Give it a gentle roll to smooth out
your wheel and then repeat that of course to give you another 3 wheels. Take you cake out of the fridge and using
some quality paper towel gently rub to smooth out any little bumps in the frosting. Take
a bit of time here to do this carefully because when you cover the cake in fondant any bumps
that you have in your frosting underneath you are going to be able to see .
Next thinly roll out some white fondant and place it where the mouth should go, it needs
to be bigger than the mouth will actually be.
But it needs to be fairly thin so that you don’t see the line on the edge of it when
you put the other fondant over the top. Rub a little cooking oil onto it and so the
mouth template will stick over the top. Add a really thin piece of black across each corner
of the mouth just under the template. Next I am placing a toothpick right in the middle
so I can use it to find where to cut it later, we will pull it out so it is not in the finished
cake so nobody’s going to eat a toothpick you don’t need to worry about that, it’s just
to guide us to where.. now you don’t want it sticking out too much
you just want it sticking out just enough so that you can press on your fondant and
find it later Now to roll out your red fondant, lightly
grease your rolling pin and roll out that fondant. Before I start rolling I put the
baking paper over the top of my cake to measure how big my fondant needs to be and how wide
it needs to be as well. SO that I know when I get on my baking paper I need to roll it
all the way out to that size And I know confidently that will cover the cake. Pick up your fondant
I just do that using my forearms and drape it over the car, gently smoothing it into
the contours. Tuck it into the wheel holes and use scissors to trim off any excess fondant.
When trimming always leave more than you think you need so you can tuck it under neatly.
Somehow when you are cutting fondant at the bottom of a cake it always seems to shrink
magically once it’s cut and it’s too short then and you don’t want that so cut it longer
than you think. Use a ball of red fondant to smooth out over
the cake without leaving finger prints on it. This also helps to smooth out any little
imperfections or bumps you might of given it while you were putting it on. Now for the mouth, feel for that toothpick
and once you have located it take a knife and gently cut across in a smile shape on
the front. Gently push the fondant up and down to make
the smile shape and remove the baking paper. So you don’t need to take any red fondant
away we’re just going to squash it up and squash it down.
The purpose of the baking paper was to keep the teeth really white. Pull out the toothpick
and use a knife to cut the smile shape in the teeth. Now at this point it seems to come together
fairly quickly because you’ve already done a lot of these details ahead so
Cut the bonnet lines so that you can see where the bonnet goes , stick on your little headlights
just using a tiny bit of water to make it stick. Then add you rusteeze symbol to the
bonnet. Add on your side windows to both sides of
the car. Then place the number 95 on top, find where you want it to go before you add
any water to it and then brush a tiny bit of water on the back and stick it into place.
Next we need to make the rivets for the front bonnet just cut small circles out of black
fondant using a straw and then dust them with silver luster dust. Add your four rivets
to the front bonnet. DOn’t use too much water when adding your details or the colour of
the fondant will run, you just want to make a tiny little bit of water and then put them
into place. At the back of the car add a strip of fondant
and support it using a ruler propped on something that matches the height that you need. Moisten
the back of the car and add your back detail piece into place. Secure in place using spaghetti.
Leave them long and sticking out for now we can trim them short later once it has fused
into place. The reason we use uncooked spaghetti rather than toothpicks is because they are
edible and wont hurt anyones mouth. Make sure when you’ve put that back of the car on that
there is a close join between the back piece and the cake so that you can then you can
leave them to fuse together. Use the template to cut out the windscreen
and then place it on your cake. Then cut out the red top of windscreen, I did this by hand
but I will add a template for that as well. And then place that over the top of the windscreen
lining it up up with just above the white so that you can’t see the white at the top.
Next add your eyes making sure that the white dot is facing the same way on both of them.
You can place them in the middle like this or you can put them to one side like on the
cars poster. It’s up to you. Next we need to make the side lightning flash
for our car. So roll out some yellow fondant and use the powdered colour or luster dust
again to shade from orange to red. Roll out some black fondant really thinly and place
the yellow flash you’ve just done over the top. Then trim around the edge leaving a black
border the whole way around. The reason that we don’t make this part ahead
is we need it to be still malleable so that we can put it around the shape of our car.
Place the thin end of the lightning flash near the base of the front wheel overlapping
just a tiny bit and then smooth it towards the back of the car and around that back bit.
Trim the start of the lightning flash using scissors and then using your cookie cutter
to gently cut around the wheel area. Now you do not want to push too hard because you don’t
want to cut through the red fondant here, just the lightning flash. Add your numbers to each side of the car,
brushing on a tiny bit of water to the back of each letter to make it stick. By now you should be able to trim off the
spaghetti and remove your support from the back. Add you wheels, for them to fit you need the
hole to be high enough right to the back, if they don’t fit just use your finger or
the round cutter to push it up a bit higher. Then slot the wheel into place.
For the front wheels you can put them in straight or you can put them on an angle just like
on the poster. Add the other two wheels and you can cake
is completed and ready to party. Thanks for watching and if you make this cake
or a different car cake using this tutorial make sure you take a photo head on to the
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