Mater is my most favorite Cars character, and with Cars 2 having just come out, we thought it would be fun to try making these cupcakes!! Adorable and fun, too big for just one person to eat so prepare to share!!
1 box cake mix
2 16 oz cans of milk chocolate frosting ** We made Chocolate Buttercream
16 oz can of vanilla frosting ** We made Buttercream Dream
6 cup large muffin baking pan ** We used a popover pan
12 cup regular size cupcake baking pan
2 boxes Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies (or similar)
12 White M&M's candies (headlights) (we used yellow)
12 Green M&M's candies (eyes)
6 white gum pieces (teeth)
6 inch cardboard cake boards (we used the little plastic plates from IKEA)
Black edible ink pen (Didn't have, didn't use)
Coat both pans with non-stick spray.
Prepare cake batter and fill both pans about 2/3 full. Bake as directed on the package and let cool.
Count out 60 cookies and set aside. (What you do with extras is your business, not mine!)
Place the remaining cookies in a Ziploc bag and finely crush them with a rolling pin or glass. (I let the kids roll with a rolling pin)
Set aside 12 green and 12 yellow M&M's. (I won't judge you for what you choose to do with the rest of the bag.)
For Mater's teeth, cut each piece of gum into two pieces so one piece is larger than the other. (We used Trident so I used 1 whole piece and 1/2 for the second tooth but other brands are larger to begin with)
Cut the tops off of 6 of the cupcakes so you can place them upside down for the truck bed. Before turning upside down, frost the sides and bottom (now top) with milk chocolate frosting and sprinkle with cookie crumbs
Place the cupcakes, cut side down toward the back of a 6-inch cake board. Place a dollop of frosting on the board to help the cupcakes stay in place.
Frost the sides of the larger muffin-size cupcakes. Sprinkle some of the crushed cookie pieces on the sides and then place on the cake board right in front of the other cupcake. Frost the top and sprinkle with more cookie crumbs. Attach one cookie to the front of each muffin-size cupcake for the mouth.
For each tire, attach two cookies together using frosting and then attach two tires to the larger cupcake and two in back to the smaller cupcake.
Place one more cookie on the top for the tire on Mater's hood. Attach the teeth to the cookie mouth with a small amount of frosting.
For the top of the trucks, first frost about half of each of the remaining cupcakes with vanilla frosting. You can place these in the freezer for a few minutes for the frosting to harden and then it will be easier to frost over the vanilla edges with chocolate frosting to finish Mater's face. Frost the sides and top with chocolate and sprinkle with cookie crumbs.
Attach two green M&M's in place for eyes and two white M&M's in place for headlights.
Use a black edible ink pen to draw pupils on the eyes and when dry, you can use a toothpick to dot a small amount of vanilla frosting for extra detail. Heat it slightly in the microwave and it will be easier to dot on. (We didnt do this part because I forgot to get the ink pen and the kids didn't notice so don't tell them please)
Don't let your 23 month old near the box of toothpicks. 750 toothpicks is a lot to pick up.
Have fun with this. We like to make our own buttercream so our colors were not the same as Bakerella's (recipe is from http://family.go.com/disney/pkg-disney-recipes/recipe-903493-tow-mater-cupcakes-t/) but we were really happy with ours and the kids were super excited about them.
Recipe by This Mama Loves at http://www.thismamaloves.com/qa-with-larry-the-cable-guy-and-tow-mater-cupcakes-recipe/