How To Make A Lightning McQueen Car Cake

Ok, so what happened this weekend was that I made this amazing Lightning McQueen cake for my nephew’s 4th birthday. I intended to do a full tutorial blog for the making of this cake. In all intent and purposes I started off well … but then stress got the better of me and I abandoned the camera. You see, I have never made a 3D Lightning McQueen cake before so you can forgive me for being a little nervous.

I planned and planned this cake and I had an idea of what I wanted to do but in reality it was a little more technical than I thought it was going to be.


The base cake (the rectangular cake) was easy enough. It was filled with Swiss meringue buttercream, raspberry coulis and fresh raspberries. It was covered in chocolate ganache before being covered in fondant. The chequered squares were individually cut and stuck onto the cake.

The car was a little trickier. It was initially also a rectangular cake cut in half and each half stacked on top of the other. Then using a small serrated knife a started carving. My gosh, was I nervous. I didn’t make a back up cake so if I had gotten this wrong I would have been stuck! As I was carving, my daughter said to me … “Mum you better stop carving because there will be no cake left!”. Eeeeek …

Once I was happy with the shape, I covered it in some bright red fondant. Referring back to some pictures that I had printed out of Lightning McQueen I rolled and cut out fondant shapes and stuck them on the cake.


I hand painted the emblem with my nephew’s name Kaden.

My favourite part of the cake is the wheels. I used a round cake cutter and cut out four thick circles of black fondant. Using my fingers I smoothed out the corners to round them off a little so they weren’t so sharp. I cut out some smaller round red fondant disks and stuck them into the middle of the wheel, pushing them down slightly to get a curved middle. Using some fondant food colouring paste I painted on some details. I allowed these to dry for a couple of hours so that they hardened before sticking them onto the cake.


For my first effort I think I did quite well. It was a learning process so next time it will be perfect!

Let me know what you think of my Lightning McQueen cake. Please leave a comment down below. I would love to hear from you.

Until next time …

~ The Cake Lady xxx

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