My son, an ardent cars fan wanted Lightening McQueen as his cake for his 5th birthday. I bravely accepted the challenge! He specifically wanted a butter cake. I made one square cake and one round cake.

First I drew the shape of the car ( when you look from above) on to a paper and then cut out the shape. This I kept on the square cake and cut the cake according to the shape on the paper. Two sides were cut off the round cake (this formed the top of the car and bits were used to form the shape of the bonnet of the car and the front. The rest of the round cake was placed on the cut out shape of the car and cut accordingly.

The two were layered together with butter cream. Then I placed the top and the bits and pieces to form the curves of Lightening McQueen. All stuck on to the main frame using butter cream. I had my son’s toy Lightening McQueen at hand as a guide when shaping the car. Then red fondant was placed on and cut to shape. I used yellow and red fondant to get the marble affect for the stickers. The windscreen and windows were cut out of blue fondant.

I used white fondant for the lights and the smile. I cut out rounds with the left over cake with a cookie cutter. Covered with black fondant and placed a white round in the middle of the tire. Carefully I marked the tires on the fondant covered car cake, cut and dug out the tire shape. Pasted the fondant covered tires with butter cream in to the holes I made to fit the four tires.

Final touches were the letters written using edible gel color by my eldest daughter. The end result – brilliant. My son was ever so impressed and all his friends were delighted! Not as difficult as I thought!