Solar System Cupcakes

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 What better of a fun way to learn about the solar system than with solar system cupcakes! Kids will love this science lesson with sprinkle filled cupcakes.

solar system cupcakes with a box mix

Solar System Cupcakes

Summer is the perfect time to do a little creative learning with your kids. They might put up a fuss if you pull out a textbook and have them answer questions about planets, galaxies and outer space, but show them a Pillsbury™ Funfetti® cake mix and frosting and they’ll be begging to know more about those mysterious planets!

July 20th is Space Exploration Day, the perfect day to do an edible scientific learning activity with your kids during summer break!

What better of a fun way to learn about the solar system than with solar system cupcakes! Kids will love this science lesson with sprinkle filled cupcakes.

If you’ve spent any time on Pinterest or Facebook, you know that galaxy cupcakes, cakes and cookies are HOT. These solar system cupcakes are a fun twist on galaxy cupcakes and an easy baking activity for your kids to help out with. You’ll start with a simple Pillsbury Funfetti® cake mix made just as the back of the box describes.

One of my tips for scooping cupcake batter into cupcake liners is to use an ice cream scoop. The kids will love helping with this, and the scoop makes uniform cupcakes!

Use an ice cream scoop to scoop cake batter into cupcake tins. Solar System Cupcakes

Bake as the box directs and allow the cupcakes to cool. And if you have the chance to use some NASA astronaut oven mitts? You definitely use them. Even Matt loved these!

What better of a fun way to learn about the solar system than with solar system cupcakes! Kids will love this science lesson with sprinkle filled cupcakes.

Once the cupcakes are cooled, it’s time to fill them with colorful sprinkles. To do this, simply use a cupcake corer to cut a hole in the top of the cupcake. A plastic knife is a safe tool to for kids to use, too. Grab your sprinkles and let the kids fill those cupcakes with sprinkles of all kinds. We chose galaxy colors…purple, black, blue, silver. You could also use stars if you’d like!

A woman sitting at a table making cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are full of sprinkles ready to surprise the kids when they take a bite, it’s time to frost the cupcakes. Pillsbury has made frosting cupcakes so easy! Their new Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag makes frosting cupcakes a breeze in ready-to-go packaging. These Filled Pastry Bags are available in three flavors, Vanilla, Chocolate Fudge and Cream Cheese. These new filled pastry bags had me at easy clean-up.

Pillsbury vanilla frosting in a box

They come with a built-in start tip that gives a perfect swirl on each cupcake.

A woman sitting at a table decorating a cupcake

After your kids frost the cupcakes, top them with a few star sprinkles.

Lastly, it’s time to make your solar system! Have them draw and cut out colored circles for the planets, tape a toothpick to the back of the cutout and stick the toothpick right in the top of their frosting swirl.

As they color each planet, they can learn facts about the planets such as the name, how big the planet is, and what the planets are made of.

They can finish off their learning experience by learning the planet’s position! Simply draw a sun in the middle of a large piece of paper and place the cupcake “planets” in their position according to the sun.

As a mom, you’ve gotta love it when baking and learning together bring sibling smiles.

sisters with solar system cupcakes

And the kids’ smiles get even bigger when they take a big bite in the planet of their choice and find all of those sweet sprinkles.

a cupcake sitting on a cupcake wrapper

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solar system cupcakes, one with a bite out
solar system cupcakes, one with a bite out

Solar System Cupcakes

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What better of a fun way to learn about the solar system than with solar system cupcakes! Kids will love this science lesson with sprinkle filled cupcakes.
Servings 24
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes


  • 1 Pillsbury Funfetti® cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 24 Paper cupcake liners
  • Sprinkles any color you'd like
  • Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag vanilla flavor
  • Cut out and colored paper planet shapes
  • Tape
  • 9 toothpicks
  • Large piece of paper with the sun drawn and colored in the middle.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare the cake mix according to the package directions.
  • Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to fill the cupcake liners with cake batter.
  • Bake for 19-22 minutes, or until the top of the cupcake bounces back when you touch it.
  • While the cupcakes are cooling, color and cut out the planet shapes.
  • Using a small piece of tape, tape a toothpick to the back of each planet. Set aside.
  • Once the cupcakes are cooled, use a cupcake corer or plastic knife to cut out a well in the center of the cupcake.
  • Fill the cupcake with sprinkles.
  • Take the Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag and tear off tip of the plastic bag.
  • Gently squeeze the frosting down to the tip of the bag and pipe swirls onto the top of the cooled cupcakes.
  • Sprinkle with star sprinkles if desired.
  • Place the planet toothpicks in the top center of the cupcakes.
  • Once your "planets" are complete, place them on the large sheet of paper with the sun in the position that they go in our solar system.
  • Store cupcakes in an airtight container when finished learning.


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 181

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I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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