Hot Wheels Birthday Party + Cupcakes


My boys have birthdays fairly close together, like almost on top of each other. It makes for a very busy week and not enough days in between to throw three separate parties. This year, we decided to try holding one party for all three boys and allowing them each to invite a few friends. Because they are close in age, the boys all know eachothers friends from the playground at school and it worked out pretty well. 

The friends coming to the party ranged in age from 5-9. When it came time to pick a theme, I immediately thought of a Hot Wheels birthday party. All of my boys still enjoy playing with the classic cars, they never seem to go out of style and boys of all ages love them. Girls like them too and we had one girl coming to the party as well, yes, that sweet thing held her own in a room packed full of boys! She was a trouper!

Hot Wheels birthday party cupcakes

I find cupcakes a lot easier to do for a large group party. It eliminates the time and stress of cutting and serving cake and everyone gets a ‘fun piece’. In this case, the cupcakes were extra fun because each one held a coveted Hot Wheels car as well! 

Hot Wheels Birthday Party Cupcakes

You’ll need

Cupcakes in liners (I used a shiny silver)
Black icing (see my tip below)
Black sugar
Checkered flag picks
Hot Wheels Cars
Golf Tees
Glue gun


Start by prepping your cars. I didn’t want to just stick the cars into the icing because I wanted the cars to stay as clean as possible. When I couldn’t find anything suitable to hold them up at the party/baking supply store, I came up with this idea of hot gluing golf tees to the bottom of the cars.  

hot wheels birthday party

hot wheels birthday party

This worked really well, it allows the cars to sit just above the icing and the pegs easily pop right off of the bottom of the cars when you are ready to eat the cupcakes. So each child can bring their car home! The pegs will also prevent the cars from sliding off of the cupcakes. 

Back to the cupcakes, frost each cupcake with black icing. A really easy way to get deep black icing is to buy a jar of chocolate icing and add a little black food colouring. It’s way faster and easier than trying to dye white icing black, which can be really frustrating. Place the black sugar in a bowl. Turn the frosted cupcake upside down into the bowl of sugar and swirl around until the cupcake is covered evenly. This gives the icing an asphalt kind of look!

Now carefully push each car into the middle of the cupcake and add in a checkered flag.

Hot Wheels Birthday Party Cupcakes

I let the boys pick their cars at home and added a candle to the birthday boys cupcakes so we would know which one was for them. Hot Wheels also has skateboarders for a fun twist! 

skateboarder cupcake

The Hot Wheels Cupcakes were a big hit with all of the boys! It was really fun to see their reaction! 

Hot Wheels Birthday Party

You can get a lot of different fun accessories to go with your Hot Wheels themed party! Think invitations, napkins, plates, games, tableclothes, and party hats!

Hot Wheels birthday boy

plate pm

sign 700

Hot Wheels cars are also the perfect little gift to tuck into loot bags! 

Hot Wheels Loot Bags


Our Hot Wheels Birthday Party was a success!!! The boys had a great day with their friends and everyone went home happy!! If you are planning a Hot Wheels party, consider or fun cupcakes! I bet they’ll be a big hit with your pit crew too!




  1. Anne Taylor says:

    These are awesome cupcakes! I love them and will keep them in mind for the next birthday around here! Thanks

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    I loved the theme and the cupcakes were super awesome, happy to hear the girl didn’t feel out of place, but hey if your into cars and what not cool!! all that matters is everyone had fun and by the pictures I’m sure they did!!

    • momvstheboys says:

      she’s such a sweet girl, I was worried but she played soccer with the boys and got excited about her car just like they did!

  3. These look great!

  4. loucheryl says:

    I have two boys would are obsessed with Hot Wheels! They would go nutso for those cupcakes.

  5. Julie F says:

    These look awesome and it is such an easy way to decorate, my grandsons would love these!

  6. The cupcakes turned out awesome!

  7. kristen visser says:

    ok seriously those are the coolest cupcakes!!! great job so creative 🙂

  8. Laurie P says:

    That a pretty great idea with the cupcake toppers!

  9. Treen Goodwin says:

    These are the cutest , i am gonna keep them in mind for my Grandsons birthday , he wold love them 🙂

  10. Looks awesome Jen!

  11. Laurie P says:

    The look on your boys face is priceless…..well done!

  12. jamie hall says:

    these look so amazing

  13. Debbie S. says:

    I am loving these cupcakes. Great idea! Hope the birthday was wonderful! I think my grandson would love these too1

  14. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    These are beautiful, any child would love them, not just a cupcake but you get a car too, what could be better?

  15. Judy Cowan says:

    Love the Hot Wheel cupcake idea, definitely going to have to remember it! Sounds like it was a great party!

  16. Aimee Robison says:

    OMG, this is an awesome idea. My sons birthday is coming up, and this would be perfect for him. He loves Hot Wheels. Thank you for the great idea.

  17. I love the effect of the sprinkles on the cupcake. Very cool!

  18. Marilyn Legault says:

    What a neat idea, I’m passing this on to my daughter in law.

  19. Victoria Ess says:

    This is such a neat idea!!

  20. loucheryl says:

    I have to make my son this as a treat. He just loves Hot Wheels. Next time he does something REALLY good, I’m making these for him. 🙂

  21. Susan Patterson says:

    I love these cupcakes! What a wonderful idea for a birthday party! Thank you!

  22. These are perfect for my son’s birthday party, thanks!

  23. These are too cute!! I am so doing this for our little guys birthday!! 🙂

  24. so creative!

  25. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I love the cupcake decorations!

  26. kathy downey says:

    These cupcakes would bring a smile to any childs face

  27. What a unique idea! How do you stop the bickering at a party over who gets to pick what car though?

  28. Great idea; love it!

  29. ellen chevarie says:

    love this always on the look for something unique and different for kids birthsay parties,and we always have a steady supply of golf tees.

  30. Laurie Cockburn says:

    What a great idea. My sons b-day is coming up and he wants to help make these for his party

  31. These are great! Where did you get the black sugar ?

  32. Thank you for sharing your idea. I am going to use this for my grandsons birthday. Thanks again 🙂

  33. These are perfect for my son who will turn 9 in a couple weeks! He asked for a hot wheels Birthday and definitely going to make these cute cupcakes!! What a brillant idea of the hot wheel cars on the cupcakes and that each child can take it home and Love the asphalt effect! I have a couple silly questions: Did you put the black sugar sprinkles on the adult cupcakes as well? Also, I bought from Joann’s 2 cupcake stand holders..can I leave the cupcakes out on the table on them or do you refrigerate the cupcakes..They are buttercream frosting. Thank you so much and LOVE all the pictures, I’m sure your son and everyone had a BLAST!!! 🙂

    • momvstheboys says:

      My husband and I were the only adults so I wasn’t too worried about it, but the sprinkles WILL give you a bit of a purple tongue/lips lol so you could definitely leave those off for adults if you wanted. I did not refrigerate the cupcakes. We did have to travel with them and they held up really well, the golf tees worked like a charm! Have a fun party!

  34. kathy downey says:

    I love these cupcakes,wow you are right about pinterest you can find anything there

  35. loucheryl says:

    These would be great for my oldest son’s birthday party! Such a great idea.

  36. DARLENE W says:

    Fun this would be perfect for my grandson turning 7

  37. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I don’t know how you come up with these amazing ideas but this is another great way to decorate a cake or cupcake and have the boys love them not just because they’re a treat but because they’re cool too

  38. Neat idea – my grandson would love these.

  39. Elva Roberts says:

    I love your idea for a Hot Wheels party for boys (and a girl). I also love the idea of cupcakes which would be so much easier to handle than cake. The car on top of the cupcake is a genius touch. Thank you for these ideas-so worth trying out for young boys.

  40. What size golf tees did you get? Where did you buy them?

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