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Mater from Cars Cake

Made for a little boy who was mad about ‘Cars’.

Recipe by Donna Leadbeater

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Time to make

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25 people

Baking ingredients

  • 936 g soft butter
  • 936 g sugar
  • 15 eggs
  • 936 g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 220 g soft butter (butter cream)
  • 700 g icing sugar (butter cream)
  • 4 tbsp milk (butter cream)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (butter cream)
  • 340 g raspberry jam

Decorating ingredients

  • 1 kg Renshaw Teddy Bear Brown Ready to Roll Icing
  • 250 g Renshaw Dahlia Black Flower and Modelling Paste
  • 150 g Renshaw White Flower and Modelling Paste


Step 1

Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, self-raising flour, vanilla extract and beat together. Divide into 2 10-inch square lined baking tins. Bake for approx. 75 minutes at 160°C.

Step 2

Meanwhile, make the buttercream by creaming the butter together. Add in the milk, vanilla extract and sifted icing sugar. Beat until fluffy.

Step 3

At this point, a 14-inch square cake drum can be decorated with white and black squares along with the cactus decorations. The sand effect can be made using custard cream biscuits with an added edible yellow tint.

Step 4

Cut the 10-inch cakes in half and sandwich together with the buttercream and jam. Place the sponge at various stages in the fridge to help firm the cake in order to successfully sculpt it. There will be more than enough sponge to add bits on to the bonnet.

Step 5

Once the shape is finished, add an optional layer of ganache to the outside of the cake to help firm and give a smooth finish.

Step 6

Place the cake on to a 3mm cake board and draw around. Cut this shape out and stick under the cake using Renshaw Royal Icing. By doing this process you will give an illusion that there is space under the truck.

Step 7

Start by covering the cake in Renshaw Teddy Bear Brown sugarpaste. Make sure any indentations are made straight away before the icing sets.

Step 8

Plastic dowels covered in the same icing can be used to act as the construction/crane part to the back of the truck.

Step 9

Use Renshaw White Modelling Paste for the front window and teeth part of the truck.

Step 10

Brown and silver edible tints can be used to add shading and a dirty effect.

Step 11

The wheels and bumper can now be added.