I thought you would enjoy my daughter's clever creations, which were inspired by the internet, especially if you have a car-loving child (like my grandson) with an up-coming birthday.
Here Comes Lightning McQueen!
And His Buddy...
The Cupcakes (approx. 24 cupcakes)
- Batter recipe from my Orange Layer Cake with White Chocolate Frosting and Shavings. (Just omit the orange extract, orange juice and orange zest if you want plain vanilla cupcakes.)
The Frosting (approx. 1 recipe will frost 24 cupcakes)
- Vanilla or chocolate butter cream frosting recipe(s) from my Very Happy Birthday Pound Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting.
- Food coloring for the red frosting and black eyes.
- Bite-size cookies and candies per the photos.
- Fill lined, standard-size cupcake pans approximately 2/3 full and bake at 350º for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a couple of cupcakes comes out clean and the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched with the finger. Cool completely.
- Frost and decorate the cupcakes per the photos. See this reference for decorating; however, it would be easier to use rectangular, bite-size candy for the windshields (like pieces from the Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme Candy bar) and glue, with frosting, mini-chocolate chips for the eyes, or just pipe on the eyes.
- The favor bags my daughter created included pretzel sticks, which she made to look like stop signs. The pretzels were dipped in chocolate and decorated with bite-size candies.
- The favors also included mini-chocolate donuts, which she made for spare tires, and chocolate-dipped potato chips, which she made for flat tires!
- Everything was individually packaged in cello bags inside the favor bags, which were decorated with car stickers.
Everyone's A Winner...
My grandson clearly shows his excitement to see Buzz Light Year at his birthday party, which was held at an indoor play center.
Have fun making these cupcakes and favors and enjoy the thrilled expressions of the little race fans when they feast their eyes on them!