I thought my alternate title was a little long :) I have a tradition of making Sam and Rachel cupcake cakes for their birthdays. For Sam's first year I made a turtle. For his second birthday I made a lion. These ones were fairly easy because I just followed on-line instructions. Last year Sam wanted a firetruck but I couldn't find how to do one on-line. So Dave helped and we ended up with this. I was happy with how it turned out and so was Sam. (And I still get a few hits a week for people searching "firetruck cupcake cake" and that post has had over 100 pageviews (which is a lot for this little blog) so I like to think that post was useful for the interwebs.)
This year Sam wanted Tow Mater from Cars. I regret, just a little, watching that movie with him because it made for some very stressful cake making this year. It's hard to take a 2-D tradition and turn it into a 3-D object. But, again, with Dave's help (he always sketches out the design ahead of time), I tried and Sam loved it! And that's all that matters. So here goes...
Take all your cupcakes and arrange them somewhat like this: (Optional, chocolate gluten-free cupcakes not necessary if all your guests can eat gluten.) Also, I ended up adding another cupcake at the bottom of the "hook" to make it look more like a hook.
Remember the birthday boy loved it and you'd do it all over again. Optional -- make sure that at least some of the other guests have seen the movie "Cars" so they will recognize the cake!