Toy Story Alien & Space Themed Cupcakes

I’ve decided to have a proper kiddie party with my family for my birthday this year, and it’s probably no surprise that it has a Toy Story theme to it ? Rather than have a birthday cake, I decided to make some cupcakes instead as I have always enjoyed making them and I was desperate to try some Alien themed ones after seeing various versions of them on Pinterest etc.; and I thought you guys might like to see how I did them in case you wanted to have a go at some too!

It’s a fairly standard recipe I use for the vanilla cupcakes, and the buttercream icing, but I’ll share it with you as it’s one I always have success with. There are more pictures at the end showing some of the items I used and more pics of the final result.

Also, I know people will ask about the Toy Story Alien cupcake cases I used. Unfortunately I got them in Asda a number of years ago but have been saving them to use so they are sadly not sold in there anymore. Your best bet for finding Toy Story themed cupcake cases now is probably eBay, otherwise some plain blue cases would probably work well for the Alien’s as they’d look like their outfits ?

Vanilla Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 225g softened unsalted Butter (or Stork!)
  • 225g casted sugar
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Buttercream Icing:

  • 375g icing sugar
  • 225g softened unsalted butter (must be butter for this, don’t use Stork!)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Food colouring (I used green for the aliens, blue for the space ones)


  • Green candy laces
  • Rainbow fizzy belts
  • Edible Sugar Eyes
  • Edible space themed sugar cake toppers
  • Sprinkles
  • Black writing icing


  1. Preheat your oven to 175ºC and put your paper cupcake cases into a cupcake tin.
  2. Combine all th cupcake ingredients in a large mixing bowl (literally all of the, just chuck ‘em in there!) and beat with an alctric whisk until smooth and pale (I use a stand mixer).
  3. Spoon the cupcake batter into the cases but make sure you don’t overfill them. I find around 1 1/2 heaped tea spoons per case is usually about right. Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until they look golden in colour and a skewer poked into them comes out clean. Remove the tins from the oven and leave to cool for about 5 minus before transferring the cakes to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  4. For the icing, put the icing sugar, butter, and salt into a mixing bowl and cream with an electric whisk until smooth (again, I used a stand mixer). Once it’s mixed and smooth, add your food colouring. I split my icing into two bowls before I did this as I wanted two different colours.Also, how much colouring to add really depends on what kind or brand of colouring you are using. The one I used was quite strong so I only needed a couple of drops to get the colour I wanted.
  5. Pipe the icing onto the cupcakes and decorate! For the Alien cupcakes, I got some edible sugar eyes and put three on each cake (you can get them on various cake supply websites, or some supermarkets such as Asda). For the antennae, I cut a green “lace” sweet into pieces (I got a bag of rainbow laces from Asda and used the green ones out of that as I couldn’t find a packet of just green); and for the ears, I cut the green part of some Rainbow Fizzy belt sweets (again, from Asda) and then cut them into smaller ear shapes. I used black writing icing to draw on their mouths. For the space cupcakes, I used some sprinkles (the “midnight magic” ones by Dr. Oetker) and some space themed edible sugar cupcake toppers (the ones I used are made by a company called Anniversary House).

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