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 ^_^
- 335g unsalted butter, softened
- 335g caster sugar
- 335g self-raising flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 6 eggs
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 175C/Gas 4.
- Place 24 cupcake cases into tins.
- Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 3 minutes until smooth, pale and fluffy.
- Divide the mixture between the cupcake cases. (see notes above)
- Bake for 20 minutes until golden and risen.
- Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
- Add the softened butter to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
- Slowly sift in the icing sugar until combined.
- 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.
- You should find that the buttercream will form stiff(ish!) peaks and can be used in a piping bag.
- Only decorate the cupcakes when they are completely cool.
- 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.
- Sprinkle with more food glitter or sprinkles.
- Add a topper if desired.