How to Make Lightning McQueen Cupcakes

A monkey on a cupcake

Whether you are a movie fan like we are or are planning that Cars birthday party, these adorable cupcakes are more than worth the effort. These are a fun and perfect way to help celebrate any Lightning McQueen Birthday.

– 2 egg whites – 1 1/2 C powder sugar – 1/4 tsp cream of tarter – 1/2 tsp vanilla – red, black, blue, and yellow food dye


Fit a sheet of parchment paper onto the cookie sheet and tape the edges so that you have a smooth flat area. Using the standing mixer, combine the ingredients to make the transfer items and color them.

Scoop the icing colors into a piping bag. Using the black icing, outline the place lines on Lighting’s eyes. Using the red icing, fill in the top part red. Finish coloring in the transfers and let them set up to harden.

– 1 box of french vanilla cake mix – 3 eggs – 1/2 C (1 stick) of softened unsalted sweet cream butter – 1 C whole milk – 1TBSP pure vanilla bean paste – cupcake liners – cupcake pan


-Bake the cupcakes per the box instructions. -Pull out and place on the side to cool -Make the frosting per our instructions

Scoop the red frosting into the piping bag. Twist the top of the piping bag and squeeze the frosting down. Take your cooled cupcake and frosting the cupcake from the outer edge. Gently peel off Lightning’s eyes and place them onto the top center of the cupcake. Add two yellow dots below his eyes, in the corner for the headlights. Add 4 black dots, 2 on each side, for tires.

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