How to Make Cupcakes Look Like Tires

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How to Make Cupcakes Look Like Tires
Turn simple cupcakes into tires for a racing themed party. (cupcakes image by Mat Hayward from

Tire cupcakes are a great addition to any racing party or car themed party, including parties with a Disney Cars theme. These little cupcakes stick with the party theme and if you have kids in the house, the chances are good that you even have all the necessary ingredients on hand. You may even find that you like these so much that you serve them at your next NASCAR party or for the Daytona 500. Best of all, you can make them in any flavour that you like.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Cupcakes
  • Frosting
  • Black food colouring gel (optional)
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Black liquorice
  • Small chocolate cookies

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  1. 1

    Bake cupcakes using your favourite recipe or boxed cake mix. Fill your cupcake pan only ¾ of the way full so that the cupcakes won't overflow or puff up over the top. You want flat cupcakes to hold the cookie tires in place.

  2. 2

    Decorate the cooled cupcakes with white icing or black icing if you're afraid the frosting might show through, underneath the cookie tires. Make black icing by mixing black food colouring gel with white icing for a true black shade. Reserve enough icing to create the tires.

  3. 3

    Apply a dollop of frosting to the back of a chocolate sandwich cookie and lay flat on your cupcake. This forms the basic outline of the tire.

  4. 4

    Wrap a piece of black liquorice around the outside edge of the chocolate sandwich cookie, to hide the white icing inside the cookie. This makes the tire look like it has treads.

  5. 5

    Place a small amount of icing in the centre of the cookie and top with a small chocolate sandwich cookie to give each tire a hub cap. Store loosely covered until you're ready to serve.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't keep the tire cupcakes in the refrigerator, as the temperature will soften the cookies.
  • Try using white icing on the cupcakes and dusting with crushed graham cracker crumbs. Then create your tires and set upright into each cupcake to give the appearance of a tire riding through the dirt.

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