Transformers Optimus Prime Cookie Cupcakes

The inner kid in me can’t help but be giddy when a childhood cartoon gets remade into a live-action film. (X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe and How the Grinch Stole Christmas were some of my major giddy-enducers, just to name a few.) However, when a childhood cartoon gets remade into an edible treat, I can barely contain myself.

I have teamed up with the always creative, Hani of Haniela’s, to bring a childhood cartoon favorite of mine into cookie form. I present to you our Transformers collaboration!

Below I will show you how to make Optimus Prime cookie cupcakes, but be sure to swing by Hani’s Youtube channel to check out her awesome Bumblebee cookie tutorial.

Preparing the Cookie

Before we get started here’s a link to my go-to sugar cookie recipe.

The shape of Optimus Prime’s head was based on this cat cutter from a Wilton Halloween set.

Transformers Optimus Prime cookie cutter

I sketched out a design of Optimus that best utilized the shape of the cat cutter and made it available for all of you.

You can download the printable Optimus Prime design template HERE.

From the printout design, I made a plastic template (optional) to help trace the design onto the cookie with a food marker. Be sure to mark the out edge of the design, as well as the eye section.

Transformers Optimus Prime template

Once the design is on the cookie, it’s time to decorate.

Decorating Optimus Prime Cookies

  1. 1

    With very thin gray flood icing, spread a thin layer over the entire middle eye section. Set aside to dry completely.

    Transformers Optimus Prime cookies step 1
  2. 2

    Once the gray icing is dry, etch the shape of eye section with a needle tool or toothpick. This will help be your icing guide in the next steps.

    Transformers Optimus Prime Cookie step 2
  3. 3

    With royal blue icing, outline the outer edges of the head (as shown below) with piping icing. Then fill the middle with royal blue flood icing. Leave to dry and crust over.

    Optimus Prime cookies step 3
  4. 4

    With medium-consistency gray icing, add the mouth and forehead details. With royal blue icing, pipe and fill the brow band detail. Set aside to dry.

    Optimus Prime cookies step 4
  5. 5

    Once the details in the previous step had time to crust over, outline and fill the side sections of the head. Also, outline around the forehead detail with the same blue icing.

    Optimus Prime cookies step 6
  6. 6

    With medium-consistency light blue icing, fill in the eye sections. Use a needle tool to help shape the eyes.

    Optimus Prime cookies step 6
  7. 7

    Lastly, (this is an optional step) I used food pens to add the fine line details. Totally not necessary, but it does add nice dimension.

    Transformers Optimus Prime Cookies by Semi Sweet Designs

Optimus Prime Cookie Cupcakes

Feel like taking this Transformers treat to the next level? You can easily transform these Optimus Prime cookies into cupcakes. (See what I did there?) Here’s how.

You will need pre-baked cupcakes, cocktail skewers, red buttercream, and Optimus Prime chest cupcake wrappers that I designed.

You can download the printable Optimus Prime cupcake wrappers HERE. (This is a large file that may take a moment to load.)

Optimus Prime Cupcake Wrappers

Constructing these wrappers is simple. Print out the PDF file on cardstock, cut out the wrapper designs with scissors, then tape the ends together in the back with clear tape.

Transformers cookie cupcakes

To help the cookies stand upright on the cupcake, I found flat bamboo skewers (pictured above) at World Market. I loved the flat surface of these picks because you can easily add a touch of royal icing and it attaches flat behind the cookie.

Once the icing on the skewers had time to dry, top the cupcakes with a swirl of red buttercream frosting and place the Optimus Prime cookie down through the middle.

Transformers Optimus Prime Cookie Cupcakes by Semi Sweet Designs

If you enjoyed seeing how to make these Optimus Prime cookie cupcakes, there’s more! Head on over to Haniela’s to check out how she cookie-fied Optimus’ trusty sidekick, Bumblebee.

Transformers Bumblebee Cookie by Haniela's


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14 replies on “Transformers Optimus Prime Cookie Cupcakes

  1. Mike what a great design…..I love it! In fact I love your talent & creativity…..I’m a fan of yours! I have tried my hand at the vintage gas pump & trucks set you did and also the beach set with the chair & umbrella! Your tutorials & designs are easy to follow for a novice like me…Thank you! (Mine are a pale imitation of yours, however!) I had fun doing them!

    1. Thanks so much, Marti! I really appreciate the kind feedback. :)

  2. Mike, oh Mike, you are just too talented for words. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cookie that makes me want to watch a movie as much as these.

    1. You’re one to talk with talent unmatched for words! PS- I’ve really enjoyed seeing all your creations with you new ventures into royal icing! :)

  3. If my son sees these, I’ll have to make them for his 7th birthday. Great design, Mike!

  4. These are fantastic!! Great job!

  5. You make everything look awesome! I never in a million years would have thought to use a cat cutter for a transformer. Brilliant!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! Right back at you, with making everything look awesome! :-P

  6. Sweetsugarbelle 6

    Oh, these are sooooo happening in my house!

    1. Thanks, Callye. Maybe your kids could help me come up with a Decepticon idea for balance. :)

  7. Hi Mikey!

    I absolutely love how you achieved the dimension in these cookies.
    Cupcake idea is brilliant! Thanks for doing this collab with me.

  8. I am not love transformers but i recognizer that I am in love with this cookies, congrats :)

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