Tow Mater

My name’s Mater. Tow Mater to be exact. I’m kind of a celebrity. You see, I was in this little movie about cars a few years ago. Yeah… that one.

You may have thought I was a little rusty around the edges. Not so. I’m as sweet as they come.

Especially now that I’m in cupcake form.


Sprinkled with cookie crumbs.


And adorned with candy.


And gum.

Hey that almost rhymes… kinda… maybe… sorta

Mater Cupcakes

Hi-tail it on over to Disney’s website for the instructions to make this cute tow truck cupcake. Get-R-done.


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  1. The link doesn’t direct you to the instructions. Do you have them available anywhere else? 

  2. i love tow mater

  3. Very clever!

  4. Your cakes are always lovely! Thanks for sharing this. Another great post that hits the home with me.

  5. these are so cute! I love em <3my little brother loves Mater

  6. These r soooooooooo awesome! My cousin loves Lightning Mcqueen and Tow Mater!

  7. This is so beautifull, it made me smile….I will do it with my kids, I am sure the would love them.

  8. woooooooooooooooooooow its very very cute


  10. OMG! This is too cute! My husband drives a tow truck, he is so getting these for his birthday! Heck all the guys at the shop will get some!!! lol

  11. These are adorable! My only question is what muffin do you use for the back of the truck? Do you cut off part of the big one or do you use a small one? Thanks to anyone who will help me figure it out!!!

  12. Can’t get the directions from Disney site….coming up as an error. CAN ANYONE help or post??

  13. That is so cute!!! My little Brother would love them!!

  14. I now know what to do for my sons birthday cake

  15. Soooo… cute!!!!!! I havent seen some perfect creation like that!!!!!!!

  16. I love this going to make

  17. Dad gum! ;) (one of mater’s favorite sayings!)

  18. I love mater, so cute

  19. Oh those are so cute<33


  21. “what did I tell you about eating too many cupcakes?”

  22. My mom and I made these for my son’s fourth birthday. They were so cute! We made a few changes: used cake crumbs from the bed of the truck to sprinkle on top instead of crushed cookies and added red M&M’s on the back for tail lights. If we had more time, we were thinking about adding a candy tow in the back. Thanks for showing them on your blog, they were a hit!

  23. I’ve got to make those!

  24. How delightful . Wonderful.
    Patty Martins

  25. Super, super! Good that my little boy don’t see it because he will ask me to do the same, uh! I love all your creation and my family adore the cakeball that i made from your recipe.

  26. Oh My Goodness! Where were these in January when I had my son’s Lightning McQueen 4th birthday party??? I ? Mater!! Thanks so much, am bookmarking for later. See my party here

  27. So cute
    i’ve changed my URL for those who follow

    come visit me ya’ll!


  29. Awesome! I really want to do something Futurama-inspired for next week’s premier. Unfortunately, I lack the necessary creative insight when it comes to food. Any ideas?

  30. Kelly @ #103:

    You can find plain colored M&M’s at those crazy candy stores ( usually in a mall) and also Party City. Good Luck !

  31. I love you so hard for making these. What a great post!

  32. That is so cute!!!

  33. you are so creative!! mater is my fav character! love it!

  34. Brilliant! Using items that are easy to find…making them into a masterpiece!

  35. I’m SORRY, Bakerella! I’m giggling uncontrollably…
    I just finished reading through my just-arrived copy of Jen Yates’ “Cake Wrecks” book, and this Mater is too close to some of those pictures! I know I will be excoriated by all the other fans of this site, but once you get laughing as hard as I was, EVERYTHING seems funny. (And no, I haven’t had any alcohol.)
    I really do love your site.

  36. killing me softly with your sweet!!!!
    love your stuff

  37. oh goodness–thats so adorable!

  38. Outrageously cute! How do you come up with these ideas?

  39. Oh my goodness! Those are sooo adorable! You did an amazing job on them! Thank you for sharing the photos and technique! Great Blog!

  40. These are so amazingly cool, you have such good ideas!!

  41. OMG. Love. Mater is my favorite and the new shorts of him telling tall tales are fab. Can’t wait to have your book.

  42. Cuttest cakes ever!!! I gotta try theses

  43. i little boy would die over those! where did you find the solid color m&m’s? i have never seen them except on line.

  44. my son is in the kitchen right now checking to see if we have the ingredients…….thanks bakerella :)

  45. My two year old walked in as I was looking at this and shouted “WOW! Mater! We’ve seen that movie!” I’d say the cup cakes are a hit!


  47. OH. I <3 these little Maters!!!! How cute!!

  48. Bakerella what kind of camera do you have??

  49. Oh my word!! Those are adorable. Another website to get hooked on I’d say!

  50. Cute. cute. And…..CUTE!

  51. Adorable! I’m always surprised and smiling…

  52. You are UNBELIEVEABLE! And…just made my day. :-)

  53. Oh. My. Goodness. Might have to try these when my nephews come to town over 4th of July…


    please check out my baking blog too :)
    i put so much love into it haha, its got some great recipes particularly if you like french baking!!


    and cute cars bakerella !

  55. They are just perfect!!! amazingggggg

  56. Oh my goodness! My 3 yr old son would love these!! He has this pillow case with Tow Mater on one side and Lightning Mc Queen on the other, he always flips it to Tow Mater (and you know how not so pretty he is), lol.

  57. THESE ARE WONDERFUL! My 2 yr. old is in a “Cars” mood lately. I’m definitely making these :)

  58. AAAAHHHHH!!! I LOve these they are so cute… My hubby will love these for Father’s day…

  59. TOO CUTE! Everyone loves Mater! Your very inspiring!

  60. SO cute!! My son loves Cars, and would get a kick out of these. You have such creative ideas!

  61. These are GREAT!! Excellent job!

  62. This is soo cute.
    My hubby loves mater, I too. Plan to make for his b-day.
    Also one that my mother had babysit enjoyed monkey cupcakes like this.
    Thanks for the idea.

  63. Cute! I have three boys who would absolutely love these for their birthdays.

  64. You are a freaking genius. Every week it’s something new. How does someone so talented exist?

  65. Wow- You are so fabulous and creative!

  66. So cute… I don’t know how you come up with these incredible ideas. Love your site!

  67. OMG !!!!!! speachless……………………they are so frikken cute !

  68. OMG – so hilarious and cute – LOVE it! You always have the BEST ideas :)

  69. As soon as the image came up I cracked up laughing. How cute is he? I have two boys (ages 3 and 5) who will love these!

  70. ahhhh one of my favorite movies!!! so excited to try these!

  71. Loaded up on cake pop sticks this past weekend at the Wilton Tent Sale in Woodridge, Illinois in preparation for your book!

  72. i’m so making these for my little brother ; he’ll DIE . plus i love the movie cars ..

  73. I love these! My son has we have a birthday coming up soon and these will be perfect.

  74. You amaze me!!! this is so cute!

  75. OH MY! Mater is my Girlfriend’s favourite Disney character – I *MUST* show her these :D

  76. You have an AWESOME blog, so I award you with the Versatile Blogger Award!

    I had to pick blogs that I recently discovered, and I just started reading this one of yours. I’m an artist, art teacher and this blog inspires me.

  77. A couple days too late. I had a Mater Party for my 5 yr old on saturday. But my brother made an amazing Mater pinata for him.

  78. hehehehe he looks so goofy and delicious! :)

  79. oh how I wish I had a boy those are so cute!

  80. That is so darn adorable! My son is turning 2 in a few months and I have been thinking about doing a cars birthday. I will have to bookmark this one to try and make for him.

    They are so cute!


  81. Adorable! Now, lets see Fillmore (the VW van) from cars!

  82. These would be fantastic for a little boy’s birthday party. How cute!

  83. Oh gee……these have got to be the cutest…love these..super job as usual……….have a great Monday all!

  84. Too sweet!
    When I first hear about Cars, I was skeptical–I mean, talking anthropomorphic cars? But y’know, it was actually a pretty fun movie!

  85. These are super cute! Love it!

  86. You are so talented! I just love seeing what you come up with..thank you so much for sharing

  87. I am making these for my son’s second birthday for sure! My husband wants him to have a Cars party, since his nursery is decirated in Cars.This year he turns one, so I am hving him a Peter Rabbit party.

  88. That’s just too wonderful

  89. These are great! How about some gummies instead of the gum for the teeth :D

  90. LOVE this! My kids will LOVE this!

  91. Oh my gosh those are so stinkin’ adorable!!!!

  92. Wow, that is just amazing!!! He’s so cute, I couldn’t eat him. ha.

  93. So cute!! I’m not even a major Cars fan and I’m loving it! Thanks!

  94. Oh boy… my son just caught me looking at the how to page… now i HAVE to make them! ;)

  95. I am going to have to make these for my son! He loves cars! I will have him help me with them since he loves to help momy in the kitchen! Great idea!

  96. ok, that is just genius! love it!

    Kim @
    party inspiration

  97. I hope you’re happy with yourself, I think I woke up the whole household squealing over your pictures.

    You do realize now I need to know how to make Lightning McQueen out of a cupcake.

  98. Oh my gosh!! So stinkin cute!! Great job!

  99. Any child would be thrilled to see these. They are so adorable.

  100. so cute!! my son was looking over my sholder and thinks there yummy

  101. I wish I had this recipe four years ago when we had a HUGE Cars party for his fourth birthday!

    I’m going to have to request our theme before the next party in February when he’s 9!!

  102. My son loved the picture and got excited. I think I’ll have to give these a try. :-)

  103. U are so imaginative!! Thank you for sharing.

  104. Those are FAB! I am going to bookmark that for my son’s birthday!!!

  105. Those are simply too cute to be eaten!! Adorable!

  106. These have got to be the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen!

  107. Too. Much. Cute. About. To. EXPLODE! :)

  108. Oh my, these are adorable! My son LOVES this movie, and will love these treats.

  109. I LOVE the movie Cars. These little cupcakes are so freaking cute!!

  110. The teeth are so cute! I just love it!

  111. I just love it. You’ve done it again, and I am so hungry for one at six in the morning. Paulette

  112. oh my word! tooooo cute! I love Mater! : ))

  113. So cute!!! And so creative!

  114. seriously?! way too cute!

  115. I should definitely try this for my son. He would die in laughter lol

  116. You are a GENIUS! That guy’s my favourite character from Cars… well after the little car flies, at least. :D


  117. Vroooom, Bakerella; you get the checkered flag! SO cute and very true to the character – both big and little kids will love Tow Mater-ella!

  118. Oh my goodness! Truely amazing.

  119. OMG! My Dad LOVES “Cars”… Especially Tow Mater. I so have to tr this. Thanks for sharing!!!

  120. You are killing me with cuteness!

  121. love love love mater!! my 3 year old finally got to see cars a few months ago.

  122. O-M-G this is soooo cute!!!

  123. Wow… Love them… Maybe I will treat my kindergarten class to those at the end of June…amazing

  124. omg so cute!!
    I just loveeee that movie… especially him :)
    gum to pretend they are teeth…clever.

  125. Cute!!!

    I made cake pops for the first time the other day – they were so good!!!!

  126. Oh my, that’s great. You just made seven year olds all across America scream with joy! The similarities of the movie to the cake form are uncanny!

    Cabin Fever in Vermont

  127. Love, love, love Mater! Adroable!

  128. These are insanely cute!

  129. This is perfect! My nephew loves Mater. His birthday is coming up too. I’ll have to attempt this.

  130. I know someone that would love these. ME!

  131. These are absolutely adorable! I love your work, it is so inspiring!

  132. I LOVE this! I know what I’m making for next year’s Cars 2 party! ;)

  133. My nephew vroomed through his car phase last year but would still get a kick out of these! Tow Mater is just the perfect mix of cute and rustic.

  134. Oh the idea with the gum for the teeth is so wonderfully easy. Nice.

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