Chocolate Mint Constellation Cupcakes Chocolate Mint Constellation Cupcakes

Food styling by Noah Witenoff | Prop styling by Aurelie Bryce Image by: Jeff Coulson

These super-moist cupcakes make a tasty canvas for a constellation-themed dessert. Mixing black and royal blue paste food colouring makes a deep navy icing that resembles the night sky. Add a little bit of each colour at a time until you reach your desired shade—it will take more food colouring than you may think, but the longer the icing sits, the darker it gets!

  • Prep time 40 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour & 40 minutes


Mint Icing:


In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in 2 cups water, oil and vanilla. Stir in vinegar. Divide batter among 24 large paper-lined muffin cups.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to rack; let cool completely.

Mint Icing: Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Alternately beat in icing sugar and cream, making 2 additions of sugar. Beat in peppermint extract, vanilla and enough food colouring to tint to desired shade. Using piping bag fitted with 3/4-inch (2 cm) plain tip, pipe icing onto cupcakes.

Using star-shaped cookie cutters, cut out assortment of star shapes from fondant. Arrange on top of cupcakes.

Makes 24 cupcakes.

Nutritional facts per cupcake: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 210 mg
  • Sugars 50 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 427.0
  • Total fat 20 g
  • Potassium 85 mg
  • Cholesterol 27 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 64 g


  • Iron 9.0
  • Folate 11.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 9.0
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Chocolate Mint Constellation Cupcakes