And they’re not even hard to make! I admit I get a little intimidated by professional baker looking recipes, but I assure you that I can make these. I live with two near-professional cupcake bakers, Scarlet and Cassidy, and I usually have them look over recipes before I attempt them, and then they tell me if I can make them too. The thing is, I probably always can. It’s all about believing in myself! And it’s about believing in Christmas magic and Starry Night Cupcakes because these are SO pretty. I just can’t get over that pretty blue color. When Hanukkah and Christmas and New Year’s sort of blend together, I find that blue is one of our power colors. It’s in the core lights of our Christmas tree, and it’s in many accent walls and decor in our home.
Starry Night Christmas Cupcakes:
What You Need:
All-purpose flour – 1+ 1/4 cup
Baking powder – 1 + 1/4 tsp
A pinch of salt
Butter – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Eggs – 2
Vanilla extract – 3 tsp
Buttermilk – 1/2 cup
Preparation time – 45 mins
Bake time – 25 mins
Total time – 1 hr 10 mins
Makes 12 cupcakes
Butter – 2 cups
Sugar – 4 cups
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Blue food color gel – 3-4 drops
What You Do:
1 – First, preheat the oven to 350 F and line your baking tray with cupcake liners.
2 – Then, in a bowl, sift the dry ingredients – the flour, baking powder, and salt, and put aside.
3 – Using a stand mixer (you can also use an electric beater for this), cream the butter and sugar together until it becomes nice and creamy.
4 – And then, add in the eggs one by one and beat until it’s completely incorporated.
5 – Now add in the vanilla extract, and mix.
6 – Next, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in batches, alternating it with the buttermilk, and mix until it’s fully incorporated.
7 – Then, using an ice cream scoop, scoop out the batter and fill your liners until they are 3/4 full.
8 – Bake for 20-25 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let it completely cool down.
9 – Using an electric stand mixer or beater, cream the butter until it’s nice and creamy, add in the vanilla extract and sugar (in batches ), and beat until it has a smooth consistency. Add the gel food color and mix well.
10 – Fill the frosting in a piping bag, (I used a star tip nozzle here) and pipe tall frosting on your cupcakes.
I used store-bought fondant but you can use white star-shaped sugar sprinkles as well. They’re maybe tastier! If you ARE using fondant, then take a little piece of it and roll it out and cut out star-shaped fondant decor for your cupcakes. Carefully place one big star on top and the tiny ones all over the cupcake. Enjoy!