Lightning McQueen – Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork
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Lightning McQueen Checkerboard sponge Cake

A checkerboard sponge cake shaped in the form of Lightning McQueen.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Crafting Time5 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 20
Author: Sarah


Sponge Cake

  • 200 g Refined flour
  • 160 g Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 200 g Butter
  • 10 ml Glycerine
  • 10 ml Essence (Vanilla or other flavors)
  • 10 drops Fod coloring different colors


  • 150 g Cashewnuts or Almonds (finely ground)
  • 300 g Sugar
  • 150 ml Water
  • 1.5 tbsp Liquid glucose
  • .75 tbsp Almond essence


  • 600 g Icing sugar
  • 45 g Liquid glucose
  • 1.5 Egg whites
  • 6 drops Citric Solution
  • 5 drops Flavoring

Chocolate Ganache

  • 100 ml Thick cream
  • 50 g Milk chocolate lighter chocolate since these are kids



  • Beat eggs in a bowl.
  • Add butter and sugar and mix together.
  • Add glycerine and mix again.
  • Sift in refined flour and baking powder.
  • Separate the mixture into 3 or 4 bowls.
  • Add different colors and flavoring to each bowl.
  • Line baking trays with parchment or tissue paper.
  • Pour in the mixture and bake for 45 minutes. (Depending on your oven.)


  • Grind cashewnuts or almonds to a fine paste and set aside.
  • Boil sugar in water till reduced to half.
  • Add in the cashewnut or almond paste and stir constantly. Ensure that it does not stick to the bottom of the vessel or it will burn.
  • Add in the almond essence and continue to stir till quite dry.
  • Take the mixture of the stove and cool for a minute.
  • Add in the glycerine and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture onto a cake board or a large open tray and let it thicken/cool or a few minutes. 
  • Once okay to touch, knead into a smooth ball. 
  • Once completely cooled down, put the marzipan ball in an airtight container and set aside.


  • Melt glucose in a double boiler.
  • Add essence and stir well.
  • In another vessel, lightly beat egg whites and essence together.
  • Take a quarter of the icing sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the egg white mixture and the glucose mixture to the sugar and blend well.
  • Keep adding sugar until not too sticky.
  • Next pour the mixture and the rest of the sugar onto a flatboard, and knead well till it forms a soft and non-sticky ball.
  • Keep in an airtight container till ready to use.

Putting together the whole cake

  • Cut the sponge into long strips that are 1 inch thick.
  • Add different colors to the fondant and store in the airtight container.
  • On a cakeboard, roll out white fondant in the shape of a road.
  • Add black fondant squares to the white fondant to look like a finishing line.
  • Place the sponge strips on the road in the shape of a car.
  • Roll out marzipan and cover the car completely.
  • Roll out red fondant and cover the car completely. 
  • Look at pictures of Lightning McQueen and decorate as required.
  • Polish the cake with a mix of one part glucose to nine parts water.
  • Beam with joy ant what you've accomplished.

Chocolate Ganache

  • Double boil the cream till almost boiling point and take off the burner.
  • Break the chocolate into small pieces and add to the cream.
  • Stir well and use.


Note that you will have leftover sponge cake and marzipan from this. You can always make minis of the rest or give the kids something to get creative with.