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The search for the perfect cupcake continues…

A few months ago, I sat down to figure out what kind of cupcakes I wanted to make for my family birthdays, and realized that there were only boy birthdays that month.  All of them young boys.  And I got really excited – wanting to do something that they boys would all love.

The problem is that I’m not super creative, and I couldn’t think of anything.  I thought of bugs, I thought of sports.  But I couldn’t pin down exactly what I wanted to do.

And then I saw some cupcakes on Flickr.  (I can’t remember where they are now!!)  And I thought they were super cute!!

They had a racecar theme, but the cars were made from cookies.  Since I’m not a cookie decorater, (not even really a cupcake decorater, but I try!), I decided to buy toy cars that the boys could keep and play with after the cupcakes were gone.

I think these cupcakes would have turned out just how I wanted if I would have bought smaller cars.  I actually forgot to buy them, so I sent my husband to the store for me.  He bought exactly what I told him to get, but I think that if I wouldn’t have forgotten and gone myself, I would have realized that these cars are too big and I should look for something smaller.  But regardless, I think they turned out kind of fun, and I know that I just need smaller cars next time!

There is no recipe this time around.  Unfortunately, the cupcakes were not my favorite, so I’m not even going to take the time to type it up.  (If you are curious, I used the Magnolia Bakery chocolate cupcake recipe that can be found all over the internet.  They were quite underwhelming for me…)  For the decoration, just cover the top of the cupcake with white frosting, then pipe the grass on the sides of each cupcake with green frosting.  Use crushed oreos for the road, and top some of the cupcakes with cars.  The perfect birthday treat for almost every boy!

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21 Responses to Racecar Cupcakes

  1. Katrina says:

    Ahhh so fun! Love it!

  2. What a fun dessert, I bet the boys loved the cars!

  3. Eeek on the quite underwhelming recipe. And it’s so popular! Wow, thank you for your HONEST feedback.

    Your decorating skills are amazing!!! Wow…truly impressive!

  4. Stephanie says:

    I bet they loved them!

  5. Love this idea, and I definitely would’ve bought the cars too 🙂

  6. These area adorable! My son loves cars, although he calls them trucks and he says it so cute but he would get the biggest kick out of these. Super cute idea!

  7. They turned out super cute!! I love how they’re a bit oversized. Perfect.

  8. aw that stinks you didn’t like them! at least they turned out super cute and i’m sure the kids got a kick out of them!

  9. What a fun idea! Stealing this one for one of my boys bdays next year!! They’ll love it!

  10. Cassie says:

    This is so fun. You are more than creative to come up with these, Deborah! Even if you didn’t like the cupcakes, they are adorable!

  11. These are SO cute. I can’t wait until one of my boys asked for a car birthday party so I can make them!

  12. Joanne says:

    Aww so cute! I kind of hope I have a boy someday just so I can make these!

  13. Asiya says:

    These are so cute! Perfect for any little boy & I have 2 of them 🙂

  14. These are so cute. I have all boy siblings and cousins so these would be perfect for me to make for them!

  15. These are adorable! I love that they get the car to play with when the cupcake is gone. If I could find little sprint cars, I’d make them for Father’s Day.

  16. Okay, these are darling! Jason’s nephew is OBSESSED with cars so he is going to be over the moon when I make thes for him!

  17. Kristy says:

    These are adorable and what a great party idea. Every little one would get a little souvie hot wheel. 🙂 For not being a cupcake decorator, I think you did a phenomenal job.

  18. I did something similar for my nephew’s bday but did a big cake with Thomas trains! Oh and I have made the infamous Magnolia cupcake recipe before and I agree it was a huge disappointment! It totally turned me off the whole bakery and I didn’t even go the last time I was in NYC (I made the cupcakes before I went) because I was so disappointed with their recipe.

  19. Erika says:

    I was curious if the cars got really gunky with frosting? I was thinking of doing something like this for my son’s 2 yr birthday but was worried the cars would get really messy and never get all the frosting off/out of crevasses.

    • Deborah says:

      They did get frosting on them, but it wasn’t too bad. I gave these as gifts, and none of the boys complained about it! 🙂

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