Lightning McQueen Cars Cupcake Recipe #Cars3


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

Frosting Ingredients: 

  • 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

Ingredients for the icing transfers:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 C powder sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Five piping bags fitted with the number 2 tip
  • Red black, blue, and yellow food dye
  • Lightening McQueens eyes image from google
  • Pen or pencil to trace the image
  • Piece of white paper
  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • 5 bowls


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake pan with the liners
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, butter, milk, and vanilla bean pasta and mix until combined
  3. Using a medium ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cupcake liners and fill about 3/4 of the way full
  4. Bake in the oven for about 21 minutes
  5. Pull out and place on the side to cool

Directions to make transfer:

  1. Locate the image of lightening McQueens eyes on google and print it out
  2. Take your piece of paper and place on top of the image
  3. Using a pen or pencil trace the image onto the white paper about 3-4 times 4 inches apart
  4. Place the paper with the copies onto the cookie sheet
  5. Fit a sheet of parchment paper onto the cookie sheet and tape the edges so that you have a smooth flat area
  6. Using the standing mixer, combine the powder sugar, egg whites, cream of tarter and vanilla and mix on medium speed
  7. If the royal icing is still a yellow soup, add in 1/2 C powder sugar
  8. Continue to mix until you get stiff peaks
  9. Evenly divide the icing into the five bowls,
  10. Add a few red drops into the first bowl and mix until combined.
  11. Add a few more drops to get the shade of red that you want
  12. Add a few blue drops to the second bowl
  13. Add a few yellow drops to the third bowl
  14. Add a few black drops to the fourth bowl
  15. Leave the white icing in the fifth bowl white
  16. Scoop the icing colors into a piping bag
  17. Using the black icing, outline the place lines on lightening's eyes
  18. Using the red icing, fill in the top part red
  19. Using the white icing, fill in the bottom part white
  20. Using the blue icing, add two blue dots for his eyes
  21. Using the black icing again, add a dot into the center of the blue dot for his pupils
  22. Using the yellow icing, below lightenings eyes on a empty space on the cookie sheet, pipe on 24 small yellow dots for lightening's headlights
  23. Using the black icing, pipe on 48 medium sized black circles for the tires
  24. Set aside for 1 day to dry.

Directions for Icing: 

  1. Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients except the food coloring into the bowl and mix on medium speed
  2. If your frosting starts looking like powdery rocks, add another tablespoon of heavy whipping cream
  3. Mix until you see creamy stiffed peaks
  4. Separate the frosting into three bowls
  5. Add red dye into the bowl and mix until combined
  6. Add a few more drops in to get a bright red
  7. Fit the star tip into the piping bag
  8. Scoop the red frosting into the piping bag
  9. Twist the top of the piping bag and squeeze the frosting down
  10. Take your cooled cupcake and frosting the cupcake from the outer edge
  11. Gently peel off lightening's eyes and place onto the top center of the cupcake
  12. Add two yellow dots below his eyes, in the corner for the headlights
  13. Add 4 black dots, 2 on each side, for tires
  14. Enjoy!