Start your engines!  These racecar cupcakes are perfect for a racecar birthday party or as a Pinewood Derby Treat.

Racecar cupcakes

Racecar Cupcakes

Every year our church has an activity where anyone can design and race a Pinewood Derby.  This event is separate from the Cub Scouts and there are no rules about weight or materials that we can use and everyone wins some sort of “prize”.  For most people, it is just  a fun night of friendly competition (others, not so friendly).  Since each of my boys had a car that they were planning to race, I thought it would be fun for me to bring the most delicious cars of all: Racecar cupcakes!

Why have plain cupcakes, when you can add some candy and make racecars?  My boys were actually excited to make these and helped me out a lot.

Racecar Cupcakes

How to make Racecar Cupcakes

Ingredients needed:

  • Favorite cake mix or cupcake recipe prepared
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Fun Size Milky Way candy bars
  • Plastic bendy straws
  • M & M candies
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Oreo cookies
  1. Bake cupcakes according to recipe and let cool completely.
  2. While cupcakes are baking, crush about half of a package of Oreo cookies into crumbs.  I used a food processor so that the crumbs would be really fine. Pour into a bowl.
  3. When Cupcakes are cool, frost with chocolate frosting and then turn upside down and dip into Oreo cookie crumbs. racecar cupcakes
  4. Make the racecars by cutting a small slit into the top of the Milky Way, right near the center, and inserting an M&M for the steering wheel.
  5. Cut the bottom off of a Sour Patch Kid and put the “driver” behind the steering wheel.
  6. Cut two bendy straws the length that you want the “spoiler” to be.  Bend each straw and cut a small slit in one of the straws so that it can slip over the other.  Gently push each end of the straw into the back of the candy bar to make a spoiler.
  7. Put the racecar onto the cupcake and secure it using a little frosting on the bottom so it will stick to the Oreo crumbs.Racecar cupcakes
  8. Add the wheels by sticking them into the frosting around the car.  You could use a dab of frosting on each one and put them on the sides of the car before putting it on the cupcake, but that was too time consuming for me.  I like things that are quick and simple. 🙂

You are finished and your racecar cupcakes are ready to race into the stomachs of your now adoring fans.  These were definitely a hit at our party!

Racecar Cupcakes

They’re off!  Which racecar cupcake do you think will win?

Racecar Cupcakes

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