Starman Cupcakes – Nintendo Party

Super Mario Starman Nintendo Cupcakes

 

Instead of a big cake for my son’s Nintendo themed birthday party I decided to make some Starman cupcakes – 13 – one for each year of his birthday ^_^

I used a basic vanilla cupcake which is always a winner. The recipe gives enough for 18 cupcakes, but as I was only making 13, I used the leftover batter to make mini Starman cakes.

The cupcake recipe is so easy – everything into a bowl and whisked together until smooth!

Then spooned into cupcake cases and baked until risen and golden.

To decorate the cupcakes I made some butter icing and coloured it blue. I then piped swirls on top of each one.

To make the Starman toppers, I bought some ready coloured yellow sugar paste (fondant), rolled it out (dusted with icing sugar to stop it sticking) and cut star shapes out with a cookie cutter. I then used a black food pen and drew on some eyes.

To get rid of excess icing sugar, you can brush it off, or give a light misting of vodka (I put it in a spray bottle). Vodka dries quicker than water, which is why I use it! However, I completely forgot to do this before putting the eyes on, and didn’t want to risk the food colour running, so I just brushed it off as best I could with a clean, unused, paint brush.

My son loved them! I loved how they turned out and everyone agreed that they tasted great!

On one of the stars I wrote a birthday message to my son and then added candles to each one so that we could sing happy birthday and he could make a wish and blow them out ^_^



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Starman Cupcakes - Nintendo Party
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Serves: 24
 
This is my tried and trusted vanilla cupcake recipe. Makes 24 cupcakes. I use an ice cream scoop to get equal quantities of cake mixture per case. Add 3tbsps of cocoa powder to the cake batter to make chocolate cupcakes
Ingredients
For the cupcakes
  • 335g unsalted butter, softened
  • 335g caster sugar
  • 335g self-raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract

For the buttercream icing
  • 500g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • food colouring (optional)
  • food glitter (optional)
  • toppers (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 175C/Gas 4.
  2. Place 24 cupcake cases into tins.
  3. Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 3 minutes until smooth, pale and fluffy.
  4. Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases. (see notes above)
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until golden and risen.
  6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.

To make the buttercream
  1. Add the softened butter to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
  2. Slowly sift in the icing sugar until combined.
  3. Whisk in the milk (or lemon juice) and vanilla extract. Then add a few drops of food colouring at a time to get the desired shade. Add some food glitter to the mix too.
  4. You should find that the buttercream will form stiff(ish!) peaks and can be used in a piping bag.

To assemble
  1. Only decorate the cupcakes when they are completely cool.
  2. Place some of the buttercream icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle attached (don't overfill the bag) and pipe a swirl on top of each cupcake.
  3. Sprinkle with more food glitter or sprinkles.
  4. Add a topper if desired.