I thought I'll include a couple shots of making the frosting. I got to pick whatever frosting I wanted so I of course went to my favorite cream cheese frosting, yum. The bowl on the left is my cream cheese mixture and the one on the right holds my heavy cream that I just whipped.
I then put the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and folded it in.
On a random note, these were my counter top companions while I was making this cake. Aren't they so pretty? Sunflowers are so simple but they really brighten up a room. I'm usually not a flowers kinda gal...I appreciate them but when I look at them, I think, oh they're pretty but also probably expensive and they're going to die lol. But these were 3 for $2 at a local farmers market and at that price, I couldn't resist.
So back to the cake: covered the cake with black fondant after covering it with frosting. When you do cover a cake in fondant, make sure you don't have long fingernails as it is really easy to make marks on it (my nails are so short and stubby right now, ha).
I then cut out white squares and alternated them on the cake to give it more of that race track feel.
Onto the logo: I printed out a copy of the Cars logo and used that to help guide my tools on the gray fondant (instead of 'Cars', I decided I'll put the birthday boy's name on it instead).
Moved onto the red part of the logo.
I painted the gray fondant with silver luster dust to give it more of a metallic feel.
I then put the finished logo, a couple other decorations that I made (flags and stars) and the Lightning McQueen topper on the cake and it was ready to be picked up for the birthday party.