Moon cycle cupcakes

Budding stargazers: Get ready for a delicious culinary journey as we guide you through the mesmerizing phases of the moon with our delicious chocolate cupcakes. Not only will you enjoy their delicious flavors, but you’ll also have the opportunity to show off your scientific knowledge by arranging these delicious treats in perfect harmony, representing each phase of the lunar cycle. These cupcakes not only delight the taste buds, but also serve as a creative and educational way to engage with the wonders of astronomy. So let your palate and your scientific curiosity meet and experience a truly extraordinary baking experience!

Ingredients

  • 175g soft, unsalted butter
  • 175g powdered sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 100 g blue, ready-made fondant icing
  • 100 g black, ready-made fondant icing
  • 140g white fondant icing
  • gold edible glitter (optional)

Tip

Fun facts for kids

If you’re making these cupcakes with your kids, check out ours fun facts who go with them.

Preparation steps

  1. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with 12 dark brown or black muffin cups.

  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.

  3. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes until fluffy.

  4. Divide the mixture among the muffin cups, then bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until risen and springy to the touch. Ask an adult to help you with this.

  5. When the cakes are done, remove them from the oven and place them on a rack to cool completely – ask an adult to help you with this too.

  6. You need 8 cakes to make a full moon cycle. If necessary, you can trim the tops of the cakes so they are flat.

  7. Mix 3 tablespoons of powdered sugar with enough water to form a spreadable paste and set aside.

  8. Knead the blue and black fondant icings together until the colors are almost blended together and a few blue streaks remain.

  9. Dust a work surface with a little powdered sugar and roll out the colored icing large enough to cut out 12 x 7 cm circles.

  10. Spread a small drop of powdered sugar paste on each cake and stick a round of icing on top.

  11. Roll out the white icing to about 0.5 cm thick. Using a small sharp knife, cut out two thin crescent shapes to create the waxing and waning crescent.

  12. Using a 7cm cookie cutter, cut 4 rounds. Cut a round in half to create the first and third quarters of the moon.

  13. Leave one round as is to form the full moon, and cut a small crescent moon from the remaining two rounds to create the waxing and waning domed moon.

  14. Glue each shape onto a cake using some icing paste. Leave one cake empty – this will be the new moon.

  15. Using a star cutter, decorate the 4 cupcakes not included in the cycle with the leftover white icing.

  16. Using a pastry brush, apply a small amount of water to the darker icing, then sprinkle a little glitter on top – the water will help the icing stick in place.

Have fun arranging your cakes according to the lunar cycle!

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

To make Moon Cycle Cupcakes you will need the following equipment and tools:

  • mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Cupcake tin
  • Cupcake liners
  • Cooling rack
  • rolling pin
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Small star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Piping bag

Allergen information

The Moon Cycle Cupcakes recipe contains the following allergens:

  • Eggs

Please note that the recipe may also contain traces of nuts and dairy products due to cross-contamination during production. If you have any special dietary restrictions or allergies, please be sure to check the labels of the ingredients you use or consult a healthcare professional.

Storage and leftovers

After baking and decorating the Moon Cycle cupcakes, you may have leftovers. To store them properly:

  1. Place the cupcakes in an airtight container.
  2. Store them at room temperature for up to 3 days.

If you want to keep the cupcakes longer, you can freeze them. Here’s how:

  1. Wrap each cupcake individually in plastic wrap.
  2. Place the wrapped cupcakes in a freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag.
  3. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to eat, let the cupcakes thaw at room temperature before serving.

Interesting facts for children:

If you’re making these cupcakes with your kids, check out our fun facts about them.

Health Benefits of Moon Cycle Cupcakes

While cupcakes aren’t typically associated with health benefits, these lunar cycle cupcakes contain some ingredients that may provide some nutritional value. From the main ingredients to the optional toppings, here are some health benefits you can enjoy when you enjoy these delicious treats:

1. Moderate butter consumption

Each Moon Cycle Cupcake contains softened, unsalted butter as one of its main ingredients. Although butter is rich in saturated fat and should be consumed in moderation, it provides essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, E and K. Consuming butter in moderation can contribute to a balanced diet.

2. Eggs – a great source of protein

The recipe calls for three large eggs, which provide a good amount of high quality protein. Protein is essential for various body functions, such as building and repairing tissue, producing enzymes and hormones, and strengthening the immune system.

3. Self-raising flour for extra fiber

Using self-raising flour in these cupcakes can provide fiber. Fiber supports digestion, promotes satiety and supports a healthy colon. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels and may reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

4. Antioxidant-rich cocoa powder

Cocoa powder, a key ingredient in Moon Cycle Cupcake batter, contains antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids help protect the body from free radical oxidative stress, which can contribute to chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

5. Interesting facts: The influence of the moon on the tides

Making these cupcakes with your kids is a great opportunity to teach them about the moon’s influence on the tides. The Moon’s gravity creates tides on Earth, and this phenomenon has significant impacts on maritime activities, coastal ecosystems and even surfing!

So when you indulge in these lunar cycle cupcakes, you can appreciate the nutritional benefits they offer as well as the knowledge they can impart to young learners about the moon and its fascinating influence on the Earth.

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