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 ^_^
For the cupcakes[br]
For the buttercream icing
To make the buttercream