Lightning McQueen Cake Decorating Ideas


Race to a birthday success with a Lightning McQueen cake for your "Cars" fan. McQueen made his debut in 2006 when the Disney-Pixar movie was released. Since then, the character has captured the hearts of many youngsters. A Lightning McQueen cake is the perfect way to finish off a "Cars" theme party for your birthday child.

Shaped Cake Pan

  • One of the easiest ways to create a homemade Lightning McQueen cake is to use a specialty shaped cake pan. The cake pan shows McQueen's profile highlighting all of his main features. Any cake batter works with this specialty pan. Spray the cake pan well with a baking spray that has flour mixed in with it. This allows the cake to easily pop out of the pan. The decorating directions are included with the cake pan. You'll need pastry bags and a star tip to complete the decorations.

Toy Toppers

  • You'll find small replicas of all of the "Cars" characters, including Lightning McQueen, at any toy store. Purchase a new Lightning McQueen car to serve as a topper for the cake. Decorate the cake to resemble one of the scenes in the movie. Use an oval cake to recreate the racetrack or a rectangular sheet cake to recreate Radiator Springs, the town where McQueen ends up after getting lost. Place the McQueen toy on top of the cake. Add some of the other characters if desired. The cars used for the cake work well as an extra gift for the birthday child.

Edible Image

  • If you aren't comfortable with detailed cake decorating, purchase an edible image featuring Lightning McQueen. Images are printed on edible rice or wafer paper. The ink used is also food-safe. The edible image sheet is placed directly onto an iced cake. The image will melt into the icing making it look like it was air brushed or piped directly onto the cake. Look for edible images at specialty food stores or from online retailers.

    If you are good at drawing, you can pipe your own image of Lightning McQueen onto the cake. Draw and outline his profile using a round icing tip. Fill it in with red frosting. Pipe in the other details of the car with additional frosting.


  • Choose cupcakes for easy serving at the Lightning McQueen party. The kids can easily grab a cupcake themselves for easy serving. Look for Lightning McQueen cupcake toppers at party supply stores. Plastic kids rings or other small, plastic toys decorated with McQueen also work as cupcake toppers. Bake and ice your own cupcakes and place the toppers in each one. You can also purchase plain, iced cupcakes from a bakery and add the toppers yourself. The kids get dessert and a small treat at the same time.

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