Mar 262007

Remember your birthdays growing up? They were always a HUGE deal. Well, at least they were for me! This past weekend a little friend of mine was turning three and he loves the Disney Pixar movie- Cars. I was asked to make the cake for his big day with this theme in mind. I was a little nervous for two reasons: I was not sure if this cake was going to remotely resemble Lightening McQueen AND turning three is monumental at that age. In the end, after several hours of preparation, I have to say I was so excited about the final result! The best part is that this movie, like most Pixar films, is that it is for of all ages; it has become one of my sister’s new favorites- so she might be getting this cake for her 29th birthday.

Chocolate Cake
3/4 Cup of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 Cups of Buttermilk
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
1 3/4 Cup of Flour
2 Cups of Sugar
3 Eggs
2 Sticks of Of Softened Butter
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
Preheat Oven 350

In a mixing bowl mix together sugar, butter until well combined, then beat in vanilla and eggs one at a time. Once well combined stir in buttermilk. In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. One cup at a time add flour mixture to sugar mixture until well combined. In this case I greased the Lightening McQueen Cake tin or the other option would be to grease 2- eight inch round cake pans. Bake for 35 minutes until a knife comes out clean. Let cool before flipping over to release the cake. This cake was decorated with a buttercream icing- more than anything it just took time and patience.

I also made Cup Cakes and put race flags in each of them to go along with the Cars Theme.

The favors were a little Lightening McQueen Car with candy wrapped in Cellophane paper and tied with a black and white checkers.

 Posted by at 7:56 pm

  7 Comments to “Chocolate Cake- Disney Pixar Lightening McQueen”

  1. AMAZING CAKE!!!! As the mom I would’ve had a hard cutting into the cake…but I’m sure the special birthday boy had no problem.

  2. On a completely different note…can you suggest something nice to send a friend to simply show you’re thinking of them? A cheer-up gift? I was thinking maybe some chocoloate cookies, but wonder if you had a place you’d suggest ordering from? Thanks!

  3. There are two places in the Chelsea market I would suggest.
    1. Fat Witch Brownies
    2. Elenis Cookies- these are a little pricey but you could sned just one.

    But in all honesty a card goes a long way, now a days it is rare when people take the time to right an actual note. Anything that shows them you are thinking of them.
    Hope this helps.

  4. Thank you, thank you…going to check it out after work tonight…and probably sample a bit.

  5. What a sweet cake! If I got that when I was 8 years old I would have been the coolest kid in 2nd grade.

  6. well done patty….that is some impressive cake decorating.

  7. i like the ideas, i am trying to find ideas for my school assignment so these i deas really help!!!!!!!

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