These adorable cupcakes are inspired by the new Cars 3 Movie coming up and our favorite character: Lightning McQueen! 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.
Ingredients for the icing transfers
- 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
Equipment you need:
- five piping bags fitted with the number 2 tip
- Lightening McQueen’s eyes image from google
- pen or pencil to trace the image
- piece of white paper
- Cookie sheet
- parchment paper
- 5 bowls
Directions to make transfer
Locate the image of lightening McQueen’s eyes on google and print it out. Take your piece of paper and place on top of the image. Using a pen or pencil trace the image onto the white paper about 3-4 times 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.
Using the standing mixer, combine the powder sugar, egg whites, cream of tarter and vanilla and mix on medium speed if the royal icing is still a yellow soup, add in 1/2 C powder sugar.
Continue to mix until you get stiff peaks. Evenly divide the icing into the five bowls,
- Add a few red drops into the first bowl and mix until combined.
- 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 white
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.
Using the white icing, fill in the bottom part white.
Using the blue icing, add two blue dots for his eyes.
Using the black icing again, add a dot into the center of the blue dot for his pupils. Using the yellow icing, below Lightning’s eyes on a empty space on the cookie sheet, pipe on 24 small yellow dots for Lightning’s headlights.
Using the black icing, pipe on 48 medium sized black circles for the tires. Set aside for 1 day to dry.
Now that you have the toppers, it is time to make the cupcakes.
Makes 12 cupcakes
You will need:
- 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
Directions for cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla bean pasta 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. Pull out and place on the side to cool.
- 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
- 2 1/2 C powder sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
- Red food coloring
- medium star tip and pastry bag
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 stiffed peaks. Separate the frosting into three bowls . Add red dye into the 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. Take your cooled cupcake and frosting the cupcake from the outer edge .
Gently peel off Lightning’s eyes and place 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.
Now — how about a motivational clip from the upcoming movie?