Sunday was hubby’s birthday, and we spent a quiet day at home celebrating the most loving husband, best friend, and amazing father anyone could ever ask for. We had a Star Wars day in his honour!
Instead of a cake, this year I thought I’d make some Star Wars-inspired cupcakes. I was short on time so I used a gluten-free chocolate cake mix. The girls loved helping me add the water, oil, and eggs (plus a few bonus eggshells). We mixed up the batter according to the box instructions, then poured the cake batter into cupcake liners in a muffin tin, about two thirds full.
I wanted to jazz the cupcakes up a little so I took a handful of macadamia nuts, threw them into my food processor, and blitzed them into an even crumb texture. Before putting the cupcakes in the oven, I gently sprinkled a thin layer of chopped macadamia nuts (about a tablespoon) on top of the batter. Don’t forget to adjust the baking time – cupcakes usually need about two thirds of the baking time that a cake does. I baked these at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes.
The macadamia crumbs are light enough that they only penetrate the top half an inch or so and give each cupcake a fun and unique texture, even if you choose to eat them without frosting.
But we wouldn’t do that… these are birthday cupcakes!
For these Star Wars inspired cupcakes, I decorated them with black buttercream frosting and gold sprinkles. Get it? Like a star field!
True black buttercream is one of the hardest frosting colours to achieve. You can either buy pre-made frosting, or make it from scratch using your own colourant. If you’re making your own, add cocoa powder to your standard buttercream frosting recipe to get dark brown chocolate frosting before adding the gel colouring.
I made our frosting with butter, coconut milk, icing sugar, vanilla, and cocoa powder, then coloured it with Wilton gel icing colouring.
Chocolate Coconut Buttercream Frosting
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder divided
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups icing sugar
- Mix butter and about half the cocoa powder together in a small bowl with an electric mixer on low until light and fluffy.
- Add coconut milk, remaining cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
- Gradually mix in icing sugar until desired consistency is reached.
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