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45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time

Galaxy Cupcakes

Quick and easy

4 Reviews

About the bake

In a galaxy far, far away... (OK, in our Baking Mad kitchen!) we created this amazing galactic cupcake recipe. This cupcake recipe is a great fun one to make with the kids or to feed guests at a space themed party.

You just won't believe how easy it is to create this galaxy buttercream effect and what's more the flavour of these simple vanilla cupcakes is just out of this world!

If you loved this recipe, give our ghost cake pops a go!

45Total Time
20Prep Time
25Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas 4). Line a cupcake tin with 12 paper cupcake cases.

  2. Step 2:

    Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually add in the eggs, baking powder, flour and vanilla extract and beat until fully combined. 

  3. Step 3:

    Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases filling each of them 2/3 full.

  4. Step 4:

    Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cupcakes are golden and springy to touch.

  5. Step 5:

    Whilst the cupcakes are baking make the buttercream by beating together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract.

  6. Step 6:

    Before filling the piping bag with the buttercream, insert the nozzle, then holding the nozzle fold the piping bag over your hand or place the piping bag in a tall glass. Using a small clean paintbrush paint thick stripes of food colouring up the inside of your bag starting with the pink, then a stripe of blue, then purple until the whole bag is covered.

  7. Step 7:

    Carefully fill the piping bag with the vanilla buttercream, snip off the end of the bag and pipe swirls onto your cupcakes. 

  8. Step 8:

    To finish dust or spray the buttercream lightly with edible gold lustre. 


  • For the Cupcakes

    • 150g Butter (unsalted, softened)
    • 150g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 3 Eggs (free range, large)
    • 150g Allinson's Self Raising Flour
    • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
  • For the Buttercream

    • 80g Butter (unsalted, softened)
    • 250g Silver Spoon Icing sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 1 pot Food colouring (professional gel) blue, pink, purple
    • 1 Edible gold lustre


  • 12 cupcake cases
  • Food colouring gels; pink, blue, purple
  • Piping bag
  • Small clean paintbrush (only used for food purpose)
  • Large star piping nozzle

Nutritional Information

per 80g
  • 406cal Energy
  • 20g Fat
  • 12g of which Saturates
  • 51g Carbohydrates
  • 40g of which Sugars
  • 3.5g Protein
  • 0.26g Salt

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