Make-A-Wish cupcakes

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Make A Wish cupcakes


  • 120g of navy modelling paste for the toppers
  • 20g of grey modelling paste
  • 10g of white modelling (to make glue)
  • Silver, white and blue nonpareil
  • Silver lustre dust
  • White alcohol

Close your eyes and make a wish with these creative Make-A-Wish cupcakes as part of the Make-A-Wish charity's Bake-A-Wish campaign raising money to grant magical wishes for children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Our cupcake queen Victoria Threader has rustled up these impressive and tasty cupcakes for the occasion and wants you to get in on the action too.

These cupcakes will take 30 mins to cook and 2hrs to decorate. The toppers are best made the day before so they can set and leaving them to set makes them much easier to place on top of the buttercream.

Turn these toppers into a colourful rainbow by using different coloured modelling paste. You can buy modelling paste in most supermarkets in the cake decorating aisle.


  • Deep muffin pan
  • 12 baking cups
  • Piping bag (optional)
  • Wilton 2D (optional)
  • Rolling pin
  • Drying sponge
  • 58mm scalloped circle cookie cutter
  • Studio G ‘Make a wish’ Clear stamp from Hobbycraft or the internet
  • Star mould (Wilton Kids Party Modelling paste mould) from Hobbycraft or star cutter
  • 000 painting brush

Step 1

The night before you need the toppers roll the navy modelling paste and emboss ‘Make a Wish’ onto the paste.


Step 2

Using the 58mm scalloped cookie cutter, cut the topper making sure you have room for the star and then pop it on the drying sponge. Repeat until you have 12 x toppers.


Step 3

Using the grey modelling paste, mould 12 stars. You could use a small star cutter if you have one too. Stick the stars on the toppers with a brush of water.


Step 4

Mix some silver lustre with white alcohol to make paint. With a fine brush paint the embossed ‘Make A Wish’ and the star.


Step 5

Using 10g of modelling paste and a teaspoon of water in a microwavable dish, melt the modelling paste to make a glue. Brush the glue from the star in a curve under the Make a Wish and then sprinkle the nonpareil over the glue. Shake off the excess and rearrange them until you have a neat line and leave the toppers to dry over night.


Step 6

The next day make your cupcakes using our basic cupcakes recipe.


Step 7

Make the buttercream using our vanilla buttercream recipe and once the cupcakes are cold pipe swirls onto the cupcakes using the Wilton 2D.


Step 8

Add the toppers to the cupcakes and serve.

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