This Disney Cars Lightning McQueen Cupcakes recipe requires a good amount of prepwork the day before, but if you’re having a party the effort will be worth it when you see the delight on the kids’ faces.
The Disney movie Cars is one of my youngest son’s favorites. The third installment in the franchise will be released in theaters next week. To celebrate, I have a special cupcake recipe, baked up just for you. The recipe requires a good amount of prepwork the day before, but if you’re having a party the effort will be worth it when you see the delight on the kids’ faces. Here’s instructions for how to make them.
Lightning McQueen Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
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- cookie sheet
- parchment paper
- 5 bowls
- cupcake liners
- cupcake pan
- medium star tip and pastry bag
- hand mixer and large mixing bowl OR stand mixer
- medium ice cream scoop
- 5 piping bags fitted with #2 tip
- red, black, blue, and yellow food dyes
- Lightening McQueen’s eyes image from google
- pen or pencil to trace the image
- piece of white paper
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Ingredients for Icing Transfers
- 2 egg whites
- 1.5 cups powder sugar
- 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
Ingredients for Cupcakes
- 1 box of french vanilla cake mix
- 3 eggs
1/2 cup softened unsalted sweet cream butter
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla bean paste
- 1 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 2.5 cups powder sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
- red food coloring
Instructions for Icing Transfers
Locate an image of Lightning McQueen’s eyes on the internet and print it out.
Place a piece of paper on top of the image.
Use a pen or pencil to trace the image onto the white paper about 3-4 times, leaving the drawings 4 inches apart.
Place the paper with the copies onto the cookie sheet
Fit a sheet of parchment paper onto the cookie sheet and tape the edges so that you have a smooth flat area
Combine the powdered sugar, egg whites, cream of tarter and vanilla using a hand or stand mixer on medium speed.
If the royal icing is still a yellow soup, add in 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
Continue to mix until you get stiff peaks.
Divide the icing evenly into the five bowls.
Add a few red drops into the first bowl and mix until combined, then add a few more drops to get the shade of red that you want.
Add a few blue drops to the second bowl.
Add a few yellow drops to the third bowl.
Add a few black drops to the fourth bowl.
Leave the white icing in the fifth bowl as is.
Scoop the icing colors into a piping bag.
Using the black icing, outline the place lines on Lightning’s eyes.
Use the red icing to fill in the top part.
Use the white icing to fill in the bottom part.
Use the blue icing to add two blue dots for eyes.
Use the black icing again to add a dot into the center of the blue dot to make the pupils.
Use the yellow icing to pipe on 24 small yellow dots for Lightning’s headlights below Lightning’s eyes .
Use the black icing to pipe on 48 medium sized black circles for the tires.
Set aside for 1 day to dry.
Instructions for cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350 f.
Place cupcake liners into the cupcake pan.
Place the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla bean pasta into a medium mixing bowl and mix until combined
Using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and fill about 3/4 of the way full.
Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place aside to cool.
Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients except the food coloring into the bowl and mix on medium speed
If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream.
Mix until you see creamy stiff peaks.
Separate the frosting into three bowls.
Add red dye into one bowl and mix until combined. Add a few more drops in to get a bright red.
Fit the star tip into the piping bag.
Scoop the red frosting into the piping bag.
Twist the top of the piping bag and squeeze the frosting down.
Frost the cooled cupcake from the outer edge.
Gently peel off Lightning’s eyes and place onto the top center of the cupcake.
Add two yellow dots in the corner below the eyes for the headlights.
Add 4 black dots, 2 on each side, for tires.