This CARS 2 “Finn McMissile” cake was made for our son's 5th birthday. This was our first attempt actually making fondant (using marshmallows) for a cake instead of buying ready made. It was very easy to make and the texture of the fondant made it nice to work with and it didn't dry out as easily. The key to making this cake was that we bought our son a Finn McMissile car as his gift.
We made the cake proportions equal to those of the Finn McMissile car. This helped us to carve the cake shape and to make more realistic wheels and accessories out of fondant. We used a combination of delphinium blue, royal blue and black at first to get the right color. Then we realized that we could make the same color out of just royal blue and black and it was easier to get the right shade to match the car. To put the wheels on, we needed to have the car raised. So at the last minute we covered two spice boxes with white fondant to raise the car.
We used 3 boxes of cake mix to make this cake (including the base). We modified the mix to make a firmer cake by using the oil that was called for on the box, but replacing the water with 1 cup buttermilk and using 4 eggs. We baked the cakes in three 9X13 pans. We only ate the car and ended up putting the base in the freezer. The car could have been made from 1 pan. If I were to make this again, I would only use 2 boxes of mix and have a smaller base.
My daughter is in love with Cars, the movie, and all its characters. I wanted a Cars birthday cake for her, without having to make a car. So, I decided on a race track in the shape of the number 4, since she was turning 4 years old.
I covered a cake tray with a vinyl checkered tablecloth to look like a checkered flag, then I made a basic slab cake, and cut a second one into strips to make the 4 on top. The road is chocolate cookie crumbs, and I used regular icing for the yellow lines and grass. The dotted white lines are individual sprinkles - I found out that icing doesn't stick well to cookie crumbs.
The little Cars are cake toppers, and I scanned the graphics and laminated them, along with the writing to add authenticity. One of the easiest cakes to decorate, once you get past the cookie crumbs (messy). My daughter loved it, and our family enjoyed the double layers.
My son loves the Cars Movie and asked for a McQueen Cars cake. I searched the flat pans and didn't like what I saw. So, I bought the Wilton's Cruiser pan, baked the cake, took my son's McQueen diecast car and set to work molding the cake with a knife into the shape of his current hero.
I filled in what details I could on the cake, using the diecast for a model and a #16 tip. I also used a premade black frosting decorator for any of the black lines needed, the tires and premade blue frosting for the eyes. Frosting was used to "glue" the spoiler on the back.
I think it turned out pretty good and my son loved it! I also used the no-taste red Wilton color for the red frosting.