Tutorial

How to Make Lightning McQueen Cupcakes

This was my third time making this cute little Lightning McQueen cupcake. When I made them the first time 2.5 years ago I used brown M&M’s for the wheels and yellow ones for the headlights. I also rolled red modelling chocolate into a rope and wrapped it around the white windshield as a border. The method I’m sharing today is the improved version and is easier.
這款可愛的閃電麥坤杯子蛋糕是EC的第三代製作,第一次嘗試是兩年半前,那時車頭燈及輪軚也用了M&M朱古力豆,而擋風玻璃則以紅色造型朱古力長條圍邊,今天的分享則是改良後的版本,製作比之前的簡單。

Modeling chocolate is my preferred medium for this cupcake since, unlike fondant, it sets up quicker and firmer without any addition of tylose powder. Moreover, modeling chocolate won’t stretch like fondant so is easier to cut without tearing or changing in shape. I usually make my modeling chocolate with Candy Melts which already come in a variety of colors. So it saves time from coloring them myself too. If you don’t have modeling chocolate on hand, fondant would work equally as well. However, the drying time (especially for the windshield that stands upright) may take a day or two to firm up. Tylose powder may be kneaded into the fondant to speed up the drying process.
材料方面,EC比較喜歡使用造型朱古力,原因是造型朱古力較挺身,不須使用tylose粉也能快速乾透。其次就是它延伸性比翻糖弱,切割時不易因拉扯而變形。EC通常用Wilton的Candy Melts製作造型朱古力,貪其多色可選可省回不少調色時間。當然使用翻糖也可,但翻糖裝飾(尤其是直立的擋風玻璃)需要數天才會完全乾透,必要時可於翻糖搓入少量tylose粉加速乾透時間。


How to Make Lightning McQueen Cupcakes
閃電麥坤杯子蛋糕做法

What you need

Modeling chocolate (white, black, grey, red and yellow)
Silicon mat
Small knife
Fondant rolling pin
Circle cookie cutters of various sizes
Circle fondant cutters
Toothpick
Spatula
Melted white chocolate
Cupcake
Cupcake frosting (I used Swiss meringue buttercream)

材料及工具

造型朱古力(白、黑、灰、紅和黃色)
矽膠墊
小刀
翻糖擀麵棍
圓形曲奇切模
圓形翻糖壓模
牙籤
抹刀
白朱古力溶液
杯子蛋糕
霜飾(EC用瑞士蛋白奶油霜)

Directions 做法

Knead all modeling chocolate until pliable then set aside. Take some red modeling chocolate then roll out with a fondant rolling pin on the fondant mat to 1/8“ thickness. Use a circle cutter to cut out a disc that is big enough to cover the cupcake top. Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cupcake surface with a spatula. Wrap with the disc then smooth top and all edges with your palm. Set aside.
所有造型朱古力搓軟備用,取少許紅色造型朱古力放在矽膠墊上用擀麵棍壓至1/8“薄,用圓形曲奇切模印出能覆蓋杯子蛋糕頂部的圓片,用抹刀將霜飾薄薄地塗抹杯子蛋糕表面後放上圓片,用手撫平表面和邊緣,備用。

For the windshield, roll out white modeling chocolate to 1/8“ thick. With a knife cut a trapezoid with a base width slightly less than the width of the cupcake. Trim the top and bottom with a knife as shown in picture and round the top corners with fingers. Roll out red modeling chocolate to 1/8“ thick. Glue the white piece on top with melted white chocolate. Trim red piece with a knife, leaving borders on three sides only. Round top corners with fingers. Let dry for 5 minutes.
取白色造型朱古力壓至1/8“薄,用小刀切出梯形為擋風玻璃,梯形底部要比杯子蛋糕寬度少一點,用小刀把梯形頂與底部如圖般修成弧形,把頂部兩角修圓,取紅色造型朱古力壓至1/8“薄,用朱古力溶液把車窗貼上,用小刀如圖切出圖形,底部不用留邊,把頂部兩角修圓後放置五分鐘待乾備用。

Make the four wheels with a circle fondant cutter (or simply shape by hand). Roll out grey modeling chocolate thinly and, with a smaller fondant circle cutter, cut out four circles for the rims. Create impression with a toothpick. Attach rims to the wheels with melted chocolate. Let dry for 5 minutes.
取少量黑色造型朱古力,用圓形翻糖印模(或用手搓)做四個輪軚,把灰色造型朱古力壓薄後印出較少一㸃的圓形做四個軚軨,以牙籤刻上軚痕後用溶朱古力黏好,放置五分鐘待乾備用。

Adhere windshield and wheels to the cupcake with melted chocolate. Make the eyes and headlights with black and yellow modeling chocolate respectively then attach to the car with melted chocolate. Add a smiley face with melted chocolate. Let dry.
用溶朱古力把擋風玻璃及輪軚固定在車身上,用黑色及黃色造型朱古力做成眼睛及車頭燈黏在車上,再以朱古力溶液畫上笑容,乾後便大功告成了!

My creations back in April, 2014.
二零一四年四月的作品。

I baked a dozen of vanilla cupcakes and turned two of them into Lightning McQueen. The rest were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and sprinkles.
EC焗了一打雲尼拿杯子蛋糕,其中兩個做了閃電麥坤,餘下則以瑞士蛋白奶油霜和彩糖作唧花裝飾。

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