We are currently learning about the planets, galaxies, the solar system and everything related to that. It is a really cool subject and I am learning as much as the kids are. I didn’t know it when we decided to start with this topic but the 20 July marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo landing on the moon. So it has led to lots of discussions about life on other planets, visiting other planets and how we gather information on the solar system.
This is one of my favourite things about learning with my kids, I start the day with a plan and then we often end up going off in anther direction to find answers to their questions.Jump to Recipe
Back to the topic of this post, cupcakes! Marcia from Mini Matisse Diaries is also doing Space with her kids and we have been trying to arrange a play date for months. So decided to partner up and bring our strengths together and arrange a play date where the kids can explore the solar system theme on a sensory level.
Marcia made slime with them, which I will share in a separate post and I made the coolest solar system cupcakes with Emma, Jack and Marcia’s 3 girls. I used this post as my inspiration and it was one of those times I actually did totally nail it!
I used a different recipe though and because I wanted each child to mix their own I tried to find a recipe I could halve easily (ie one with 2 eggs :-p , not 3 or 1). The recipe I used halved perfectly and everyone was in agreement the cupcakes were delicious. It is not kid friendly and you have to use a beater to get the butter and sugar creamed nicely. You could really use any cupcake recipe you have. I am going to share the one we used because it is easy and was delicious.
Each child added a different colour to their cupcake batter and with the left overs I made two rainbow cupcakes. If you are going to make this, then do all of yours rainbow. They came out SO stunning.
The decorating was obviously the best part and you can go wild with what things you use. I found some cool big “smarties” and then just used astros and those apricot sweets for the sun.
Solar System Cupcakes
- 125 g butter
- 1/2 cup castor sugar (or brown sugar)
- 2 extra large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1 ml salt
- 2 tbsp milk
- 100 g butter
- 2 cups icing sugar
- milk, as needed
- Black food colouring, gel
- Purple food coluring, gel
- 1 box Astros
- 1 packet large, candy coated chocolate disks
- 1 strip suckers
- 1 packet apricot sweets
- Sprinkles, optional
- Preheat the oven to 180C and place 12 cupcake cases into your muffin pan.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the vanilla essence.
- Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
- Add the dry ingredients and milk and beat well.
- Spoon mixture into paper cases, about 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through.
- Cream the butter and icing sugar together. Add a little milk to get the consistency you want.
- Place about 1/3 of the icing into a separate bowl. Add black food colouring to the larger bowl of icing and purple to the smaller one.
- Spread black icing onto each cupcake and then add the purple onto the top and use a knife to create a marble/swirl effect.
- Then decorate as desired.
Baking is messy, not much you can do to control that so don’t even try. Make a mess with your kids and have creating your own solar systems with them.