Sparkly cupcakes recipe

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Sparkly cupcakes
  • healthy
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time20 mins Plus cooling time
Total Time50 mins Plus cooling time
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories415 Kcal21%
Sugar39.4 g44%
Fat22.7 g32%
Saturated Fat13.8 g69%
Protein3.4 g7%
Carbohydrates49.3 g19%

These shimmery, glitter-covered sparkly cupcakes are ideal for birthday parties, afternoon tea or school bake sales.

Made with fresh raspberries and blueberries, this fruity cupcake recipe is just bursting with flavour. Double cream makes these cupcakes extra luxurious. Top with an orange-infused buttercream. Dust with edible glitter and edible glitter stars for that sparkling finish.


  • 125 g (41/2 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g (7 oz) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100 ml (31/2 fl oz) double cream
  • 175 g (51/2 oz) self-raising flour
  • 75 g (23/4 oz) fresh raspberries
  • 75 g (23/4 oz) fresh blueberries

For the orange buttercream:

  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g icing sugar, sieved
  • Juice of ½ orange

To decorate:

  • Edible glitter
  • Edible glitter stars

You will also need:

  • Disposable piping bag
  • Large star nozzle




  1. Preheat the oven to 190oC/375oF/Gas Mark 5. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases.
  2. Start by creaming butter and sugar together with an electric hand whisk or beat with a wooden spoon until pale and creamy. Gradually whisk in the eggs and cream until just combined. Then add the flour, whisking again until combined and fluffy. Fold through the raspberries and blueberries.
  3. Divide between the paper cases and bake in the oven for 20−22 minutes until golden and risen. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to go cold.
  4. For the orange buttercream: Whisk the butter in a bowl until fluffy. Gradually add the icing sugar and whisk until it comes together. Add the water and whisk until light and fluffy.
  5. To decorate: Put the buttercream into a piping bag with a large star nozzle. Pipe large swirls on top of each cake, starting from the outside and working your way into the centre. Sprinkle the cakes liberally with the glitter and stars.

Top tips for making sparkly cupcakes

Edible glitter and edible stars can be found in most large supermarkets in the baking aisle. We’d recommend rose pink edible glitter (VIEW AT AMAZON) and Wilton’s edible stars (VIEW AT AMAZON)

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies