Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater Cupcakes with Favors For A Car-Themed Birthday Party! ~ By Bonnie Banters   
Here Comes
Lightning McQueen!

  And His Buddy, Tow Mater!


The Cupcakes (approx. 24 cupcakes)

The Frosting (approx. 1 recipe will frost 24 cupcakes)

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The Decorations

  • Bite-size cookies and candies per the photos.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Teaming Up For The Big Race!

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The Favors

  • 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 With These Prizes!

Have fun making these cupcakes and favors and enjoy the thrilled expressions of the little race fans when they feast their eyes on them!

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