Birthday Cupcakes

Today is my birthday so thought it appropriate to celebrate with some vanilla cupcakes but could not decide between vanilla and chocolate icing so I made both.  I finished these delectable treats off with a sprinkling of glitter.  I have also heard this fun glitter called, pixie dust, fairy dust and crystals.  I am now on the hunt for new colours.  Its amazing how differently it reflects on the vanilla icing versus the chocolate icing – so pretty!

Birthday Cupcakes


4 egg whites
110g butter
1 cup sugar
¾ cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1½ cups cake flour
¼ tsp salt


250g icing sugar
30ml cocoa powder
50g butter at room temperature
10ml vanilla essence
25ml milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Beat the egg whites until stiff and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the milk alternating with the dry ingredients.
  5. Fold in the egg whites.
  6. Divide the mixture into 12 prepared muffins tins and bake for 15 minutes.


  1. Beat all the ingredients together in a bowl for 3 minutes.
  2. Pipe over the cupcakes and sprinkle with glitter.

* If you are making vanilla icing, increase the icing sugar to 300g and omit the cocoa powder.


56 thoughts on “Birthday Cupcakes

  1. What a delicious way to celebrate! Happy birthday to you! You share the same birthday as my sister. I made her macarons, which didn’t turn out as nice as these cupcakes.

    • Yvonne, thank you for stopping by and for your lovely birthday wishes. Please wish your sister a Happy Birthday from me. 😀 I bet your macaroons were fantastic! Have a super day. 🙂

  2. ¡Cumpleaños Feliz! So many of my favourite people have birthdays in May – my mum on 8th and Big Man on 12th and now Mandy! Have a wonderful day and enjoy those fabulous cupcakes, They look so pretty, almost bridal 🙂

  3. Happy birthday, Mandy! Your cupcakes look wonderful. Amazing how just a touch of glitter makes them look so much more festive.

    Enjoy your day!

  4. Happy birthday to you Mandy!!!! I hope you have a beautiful day and an amazing year. 🙂 I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the glitter on these cupcakes. I have to find some of that. I just happen to have a little princess with an up-coming birthday that would just love that too.

  5. Happy Birthday to you, Mandy! What delectable cupcakes and I love the glitter on top…definitely birthday-worthy. I hope your day is filled with fun, happiness and the charm and iridescence of fairy dust!

  6. Hi Mandy

    Happy Birthday hope you had a lovely day. May God bless you many more with your loving family and friends.

    I love your cupcakes it looks yummy. Love your blog too.


  7. Fabulous shots Mands, I love the first one best and I adore that glitter stuff it makes the cupcakes look so festive! Are these the cupcakes you are making for me when I come and visit?

    • Wow M, thanks so much! I am thrilled you like the pics – imagine how good I will be when you get here to give me a few lessons which we munch away at a few cupcakes – just to keep us going that is. 🙂 xo

  8. Happy, Happy Birthday Beautiful Mandy! I’d say you found a delicious way to celebrate :). The glitter is wonderful – almost iridescent against the light coloured frosting… wow!

  9. Happy Birthday Mandy! I’m so sorry for being this late. Your cupcakes look beautiful (you know I love cupcakes) thanks for the recipe!. I hope you had a wonderful day with family and friends.

  10. What a delicious and sparkly way to celebrate your birthday Mandy!

  11. What fun! These sound delicious as anything, and look perfectly beautiful for our beautiful birthday girl! Many, many happy returns of the day, my dearest!! I just bought some food glitter, too, and am plotting what uses it shall have (gold, silver and copper colored as well as translucent-no/color glitter). So many fun possibilities, so little time . . . 😉

    • Kathryn, thank you so much for such lovely birthday wishes. So far this new yaer has been pretty awesome! Oh, how exciting to have found all those beautiful coloured glitters. I cannot wait to see what you create. Have a beautiful week. 🙂 xo

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