Great Bloggers Bake Off Week 10 – Thomas’ 2nd Birthday Lightning McQueen Cake

It was the final week of the Great British Bake Off this week and wasn't it a good one. The final three were challenged to make a picnic pie, pretzels and a wedding cake (three layers). As ever, Jenny from Mummy Mishaps and Helen from The Crazy Kitchen are asking us to do something similar. Fortunately for me, the final week of the bake off has landed on a week when I was planning a large baking project anyway. Thomas is 2 years old on the 29th October and his birthday party was today.

Thomas loves cars, buses, planes and most other forms of motorised transport and his favourite film is Cars. Therefore, I decided a couple of months ago to attempt a Lightning McQueen cake for his birthday. Originally, I planned to make a 3D Lightning McQueen cake but could not find a tutorial online that made a good enough replica of Lightning McQueen for me. After a bit of searching I discovered this tin from Wilton and I snapped it up on eBay as soon as I saw it. However, this tin was not going to be big enough to feed 25 toddlers along with friends/family too. Therefore, I borrowed my friend's 12 inch cake tin that she brought from Lakeland a few years ago so that I could make a base layer to sit the car cake on.

I used the recipe here for the 12 inch cake and the recipe here for the car cake. The instructions for the decorating of the car cake is that it should be piped on with buttercream in various colours, however I am not the best at piping so I decided to sugar paste the entire cake. I used white to cover the base cake as it shows off the car the most. Before the base cake was covered, it was cut with a cake slicer and sandwiched back together with strawberry jam. I used about 1.5kg of sugar paste to cover the 12 inch cake. The car cake was covered separately with red sugar paste and then carefully placed onto the base layer, using a black strip of sugar paste to cover the gap. Using the car tin template as a guide I stuck Lighting McQueen's features using more sugar paste with edible glue and then outlined the features using black writing icing. In total, the cake took about 7 hours to do from baking to completely finished over three days.

Everyone loved the cake at the party and could not believe that I had made it. I enjoyed making the cake and it was probably my biggest baking challenge to date. I will now be taking a few weeks off baking for a well deserved break. Thank you to Jenny and Helen for starting the Great Bloggers Bake Off and inspiring me to bake many new things :-)



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10 Responses to Great Bloggers Bake Off Week 10 – Thomas’ 2nd Birthday Lightning McQueen Cake

  1. Jo you have done a fantastic job here. My Mum and I made and decorated a 3D version for Burton’s 2nd birthday and it is very time consuming and i made mine waaaaay to big!!!
    thank you for linking up as much as you have and for joininjg in with this. i hope Thomas had a wonderful party x x
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  2. Wow thats a fab cake I bet your little one loved it :-)
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  4. That cake looks absolutely delicious. My 2 year old son loves cars, trains, buses too. Lightning McQueen is a favourite :-)
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  5. the cake looks brilliant Jo, I bet Thomas loved it! I hope he had a great birthday. Can’t believe he is 2 already!
    I have that multisize cake tin, it’s a good one to invest in.
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  6. Love it! My boys love Lightening McQueen too so they would love this cake, I may have to look out for that mould myself!
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  7. What a fab cake and I bet it would be a hit with any Cars/Lightening McQueen fans :)
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  8. I love this cake :) lightning McQueen is very popular in our house too. Thanks so much for linking up to Celebration Cakes And Bakes.
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  9. Great job! JD was very impressed with the look of this. I’m afraid I bought his birthday cake from the supermarket, lol! Pinned! Thanks so much for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. There’s a fresh linky live now – would love you to pop over and join in with another fab recipe :)
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