We Love These Cupcakes to the Moon and Back

sparkly moon and stars cupcakes

When you’re talking about color, sometimes less is really more. Especially when you swap dayglo frosting frills for an unexpected cool, glittery monochrome theme that’s literally out of this world.

These moon, star and cloud cupcakes are most impressive when you layer ‘em up with delicious texture: frosting, sprinkles, a little piping … and then more sprinkles.

Sparkly Star and Moon Cupcakes

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Regular cupcakes and mini cupcakes
  • Gray buttercream
  • White buttercream
  • Silver sanding sugar
  • Silver star sprinkles
  • White nonpareils
  • Small icing spatula
  • Piping bag
  • Small round piping tip
  • Parchment paper
  • Instructions

    1. Ice the Cupcakes

    Icing the cupcakes | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Ice all the cupcakes with a small amount of gray buttercream. Swiss meringue or American buttercream both work great for this project.

    2. Add Sprinkles

    Sprinkle cupcakes with stars | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Sprinkle the frosted cupcakes with the tiny silver stars. (Adding the stars at this point helps give the cupcakes more texture and depth.)

    3. Create the Moon

    Making the sanding sugar moon | Erin Gardner |Bluprint

    Trace a circle about the same size as the top of your large cupcake onto a piece of parchment paper. Cut the circle out and lay it on top of the cupcake, leaving a crescent-shaped section of buttercream exposed. Coat the exposed buttercream with silver sanding sugar. Press the sugar down to make sure you have the entire space filled. Shake off any excess sugar and carefully remove the parchment paper.

    4. Make the Stars

    Making sanding sugar stars | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Cut another parchment paper circle. Draw stars on the paper and cut them out. Place the template on top of a cupcake and add silver sanding sugar. Press the sugar into the buttercream, then tip the cupcake to let any excess fall off. Carefully remove the template and any stray pieces of sanding sugar.

    5. Pipe On Some Clouds

    Piping Clouds | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Fill a piping bag fitted with a small round tip with white buttercream. Add clouds to your cupcakes by piping on dots and squiggles.

    Adding nonpareils | Erin Gardner | Bluprint

    Sprinkle the clouds with white nonpareils to add more texture.

    sparkly moon and stars cupcakes on a platter

    Now make a wish!

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