Fun Cupcake Recipe: Make Solar System Cupcakes

Solar System Cupcakes Orbiting A Sunny Cake
Solar System Cupcakes Orbiting A Sunny Cake | Source

Cooking WIth Kids : A Fun Cupcake Recipe

Kids today have such an advantage when it comes to both learning and being entertained at home. There are so many interesting topics to explore on the internet! When I was growing, up glossy color photos in an encyclopedia and television was as good as it got.

One of the most fascinating topics to explore is outer space. There is a multitude of cool websites that feature fantastic "close-up" and real photos taken by satellites sent into space. Some of the sites are interactive. Kids at home for the summer or on a cold winter weekend have no excuse for boredom anymore.

Some kids have to be motivated more than others to seek out knowledge. The way to a kid's brain may be through the stomach. Grab their interest in learning about the solar system by helping bake and decorate solar system cupcakes! Each cupcake represents one of the planets in the solar system and orbits around a big yellow sun cake!

Acronym For Learning The Order Of Planets From The Sun

  • My-Mercury
  • Very-Venus
  • Educated-Educated
  • Mother-Mars
  • Just-Jupiter
  • Served-Served
  • Us-Uranus
  • Nine-Neptune
  • Pizzas-Pluto, dwarf planet

Supplies For Solar System Cupcakes

Use your favorite cupcake mix and various items to help decorate. Browsing the cake decorating aisle at a couple of different supermarkets first is a good way to plan the cupcakes. Here is a list of what we used for decorating the sun cake and the cupcakes.

  • 2 boxes of cake mix (add eggs, oil)
  • 1- 7 oz. tube red decorator icing
  • red, & yellow food color (mix to make orange icing)
  • blue food color
  • Wilton decorating gels in green, pink, purple, yellow and sparkle white
  • Cake Mate decorator cupcake gems
  • Shimmer white sugar sprinkles
  • Cinnamon drop sprinkles
  • 16 ozs. Betty Crocker Frosting Starter
  • Packets of mocha almond, caramel and cotton candy flavor packets for frosting starter
  • Red sugar crystals
  • 16 oz. can white cake frosting
  • life savers



For each of the terrain planets, fill the cupcake tins half full with batter and let the kids add a dollop of red icing to cook inside. This will teach the fact that they have hot molten cores.Fill the giant gas planets up a little fuller with batter so they will look bigger.Bake and decorate as described below. For the sun, bake two single layers of round cakes. Frost one yellow and one orange. Cut the orange cake into "pie wedges" and place around the yellow cake to represent a glowing sun.

Mercury Cupcake
Mercury Cupcake | Source

Mercury

With an orbit equivalent to 88 Earth days, Mercury is the fastest planet around the sun. However, it rotates very slowly, about one rotation for 59 Earth days. Like Earth, it is a terrain planet and is thought to also have a molten iron core.

Mostly composed of rock and metals, Mercury is full of craters like the moon. Although it is dry, hot and airless this planet has H2O ice at both poles that lies deep in the craters-so deep the heat of the sun does not completely melt it. It is dusted with a thin layer of minerals called silicates.

Decorating Mercury: frost Mercury with white icing and add white cup cake gems to represent a rocky planet with craters

Venus Cupcake
Venus Cupcake | Source

Venus

Also known as the morning and evening "star", Venus is a terrain planet that is the brightest object in the night sky after the moon.

Similar in size to Earth, it is the closet planet to Earth and is referred to as our sister planet.

It is also thought to have a hot molten core. Images for Venus show a variety of land forms-mountains, rolling plains and volcanoes made of hot lava.

With a very dense atmosphere, this planet probably had water like Earth but it boiled away-which is exactly what would happen to Earth were it closer to the sun!

Decorating Venus: frost Venus with caramel icing (use just enough of the caramel frosting starter mixed in 1/2 cup white frosting, do the same for mocha chocolate). Swirl in some of the mocha chocolate frosting.

Earth Cupcake
Earth Cupcake | Source

Earth

Home sweet home! Earth is the only known planet in the solar system that supports any form of life. That's because it abides by the "Goldilocks Law"-being neither too hot nor too cold but just right.

The distance that Earth is from the sun allows us to live in comfort as far as temperature goes. Well, most of the time anyway. Sometimes it is hard to believe that our home planet is three quarters water. Images of Earth show a beautiful blue ball spun with green, brown and white.

Since scientist live here, we can of course learn more about this planet. We know that it is about 4.5 billion years old, and that the temperature of the inner core is 7500 degrees Kelius-that's 13,040.6 degrees Fahrenheit- hotter than the sun! The surface of Earth is constantly changing due to things like erosion and earthquakes.

Decorating Earth: tint some of the white frosting with blue food color. Swirl with green and white decorator gel. Use a toothpick to swirl in a bit of mocha chocolate icing.

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Mars

Mars is known as the red planet. It has been easy for spacecraft to get images of Mars because they actually landed on the planet.

For a long time, it was voted "planet most likely to have life other than Earth" and science fiction writers liked writing about it. The last terrain planet, Mars has about the same land as Earth-but it is much smaller and has no oceans. However, scientists think Mars might possibly once contained bodies of water.

This dusty, rocky planet has a cold,dry atmosphere. Like the other terrain planets, it probably has a hot,molten core.

Decorating Mars: Frost Mars with the red icing, sprinkle with red sugar and place cinnamon sprinkles around for Mar's rocky, dusty surface.

note: don't try to color white frosting with red food color, it will just get dark pink.

Jupiter Cupcake
Jupiter Cupcake | Source

Jupiter

Jupiter is the largest planet and the third brightest object in the night sky. With no solid surface, it is the first gas planet in our solar system. It is composed of mostly liquid hydrogen with traces of methane, water and ammonia.

Jupiter has a rocky core made of various ices, or solid gases and is surrounded by small, faint rings. The vivid bands of color seen on images of this planet are probably due to chemical reactions of trace elements in the atmosphere. There are wind bands of high velocity winds on Jupiter and a giant red spot, a high pressure region with higher,colder clouds.

Decorating Jupiter: Frost Jupiter with caramel frosting and swirl in mocha chocolate and red frosting. A red life saver represents Jupiter's giant red spot.

Saturn Cupcake
Saturn Cupcake | Source

Saturn

Saturn, the second largest planet, is composed of gases much like that of Jupiter with liquid hydrogen as the main ingredient. It also has a rocky core made of various ices, or solid gases.

This planet is surrounded by very thin rings made of rocky particles coated with H2O ice. Images of Saturn also show bands of color like Jupiter, only fainter. Helium, the gas that makes balloons float on air can be found here.

As Earth is the most dense planet, Saturn is the least dense. Some scientists think this planet is so light it could actually float on water! This could make sense. Think about how light helium is. How easily the balloons filled with helium float away~

Decorating Saturn: Frost Saturn with white frosting. Use the purple, pink and yellow gels for Saturn's rings. Sprinkle with shimmer white sugar to represent the ice. Gas ices have formed on Saturn, a cold planet far away from the sun.




Uranus Cupcake
Uranus Cupcake | Source

Uranus

As we travel through the solar system the planets fartherest from the sun get harder to see. They are also the hardest to learn about. Uranus is the next gas planet in the solar system. Images of Uranus show up as being a beautiful shade of blue due to methane gas in the upper atmosphere. Scientists think that this planet probably has bands of color like Jupiter but they are hidden by the methane layer surrounding it.

Decorating Uranus: Frost Uranus with frosting starter that is mixed with some of the cotton candy flavor packet. Shimmer white sugar shows it's cold surface.

Neptune Cupcake
Neptune Cupcake | Source

Neptune

Neptune is the last gas planet in the solar system. Now getting still colder and darker, images of Saturn appear as deep blue in color. Hydrogen and helium are the two known gases to make up the composition of Neptune.

So far away from the sun, it takes Neptune 165 Earth years to orbit the sun once. In fact, in 2011 the planet completed it's first orbit since it's discovery in 1846. Neptune is whipped with very strong winds, up to 2000 km per hour.

Decorating Neptune: Tint some white frosting with blue coloring. Use more to make it darker than the icing used for Earth. Sprinkle with shimmer white sugar.

Pluto Cupcake
Pluto Cupcake | Source

Pluto, Dwarf Planet

Poor Pluto was dropped from the list of planets in our solar system in recent years. It is now considered one of the dwarf planets. So far from the sun, it is in constant darkness. Only Hubble has been able to show very faint images of the largest of Pluto's features.

Decorating Pluto: Frost Pluto with mocha chocolate frosting. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles and shimmer sugar.

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Pages-By-Patty 4 years ago from Midwest

Wow, what a fun project, Rebecca, and your creativity is amazing! The article is so tastefully done, too...ha, couldn't resist!

I might have to go rent some kids so that I can do this tomorrow! :)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Patty! With school being out I am sure you could rent some kids really cheap. In fact, you might could get them free!


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nikkiraeink 4 years ago from So. Cal.

I love this idea! Definitely an improvement from the standard styro-foam balls. Maybe even earn some extra credit because it's edible.


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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

These cupcakes are awesome! What a fun and yummy way to teach kids all about the planets in the solar system! You get an A+ for your creativity! Thanks for the fun ideas - my boys and I will be making these soon!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks nikkiraeink... I didn't think about the sytro balls. That's funny!

Thanks for that A+ allisa! Have fun with your boys making the solar system cupcakes!


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

What a great way to get kids involved in cooking!


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ChaplinSpeaks 4 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

Edible planets - yum! This would definitely capture the attention of my kids. I like the idea of the red filling core for the terrain planets. Awesome hub!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

A fun and also education project for kids! Another creative hub that I vote up and will share too. Your hubs never disappoint!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks for reading solar system cupcakes everyone. I really had fun with this project.


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learner365 4 years ago

This is simply awesome and very creative project to do with kids. Love the idea.In fact i am very much tempted myself to try this as soon as i can...:) Thank you for sharing such a lovely hub!!!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

What a fun idea! I should have tried this as a kid for science solar system dioramas. Socially sharing!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

This does sound like a super fun thing to do with kids! All your cupcakes look very cute, but my favorites are probably Mars and Saturn :)


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! What a creative and delicious way to teach your kids about the solar system! Your first photo looks eye-catching! The detailed explanation of each planet along with the preparation of each cupcake representing the planet are very informative and more interesting than what I had learnt at school many years ago! Look like your kids had fun. You rightly mentioned " the way to a kid's brain may be through the stomach" - this indeed worked wonders for your kids! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, Socially Shared and will pin.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

This is truly a stellar idea that would be a great teaching tool at home or school, and best of all, it is so much fun the kids will talk about it after it's over!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Gee Thanks everyone! There truly are lots of great interactive sights for learning about the solar system and outer space on the web. Discovering them was the best part of the whole project. (well, the cupcakes were tasty, too) but the point is, if you have a bored whiny kid on your hands this is a good project.


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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Wow, what a great idea, both fun and educational! This should be hub of the day! Voted up.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Well thanks you for that, Crystal!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Now this is a winner with me! As a teacher, I could see using this in the classroom as a learning experience. Of course, eating the planets would be so much fun. Voted up!


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Trinity M 4 years ago

What a great idea! My son loves space and he has a birthday coming up soon and this will be a great hit. Voted up and awesome.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, teaches and Trinity M. for the visit. I hope the birthday party is a success. Lots of kids love Space studies. I know I did as a child. Would you believe I sent off for an application for the first teacher in space from Nasa? I did! I didn't complete it though, as a had a 2 year old at the time! I couldn't have completed the requirements. Hats off to Christa M. here!


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melbel 4 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

This is such a great idea! This would be so great for a birthday party. So so creative! I'm sharing this with everyone I know!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks for the compliment and the share!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Very creative idea! I love all sorts of cupcakes. Thanks for sharing this. I´ve to try it one day.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is one of my favorite hubs ever! What a unique and inventive idea! I've always been fascinated by astronomy, but I'm afraid I'd be the first to eat the science project. : ) Voted up and shared!


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

This is so cute my oldest stepson went crazy when I showed him this.He is really big into the solar system and science,great hub voted up.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

This is so much fun! I would get so carried away with this project. I absolutely love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing your creative mind and recipes with us - voted up - pinned and tweeted.

Jupiter's red spot - lol - too cute!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Rebecca, I taught the solar system to 8th graders and this is an awesome way to show the different planets, that I think my students would have loved. Definitely pinning, voting and sharing!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks so much! I am glad everyone enjoyed the solar system cupcake ideas. I hope it comes in useful, especially for all the teachers out there!


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Amanda Gee 4 years ago from Cameron, Missouri

That is such an awesome idea! I love it!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Amanda. I sure had fun making these and boy, did they get gobbled up!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

This hub is just too adorable and useful for parents and teachers. Way to go! I'm taking this article with me to share it!:)


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks for sharing my Solar System cupcake idea. It's crazy, isn't it? Have fun, I hope parents and teachers will want to make them!


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Science and cupcakes!? I am in!! The little cakes are so cute and your directions make them look like an absolute blast to create!

Cheers~


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, they were a lot of fun!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

Wow, these are just the most precious cupcakes ever! What a great way for kids to learn about our solar system while getting a yummy treat. Easy instructions and wonderful photos, Rebecca!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, lindacee!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

I never imagined I would say this, but the planets are making me hungry! This is so cute and educational. What a great idea. I would never think of something so clever. Voted up and sharing!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Oh, thanks JB. We all come up with our own whacky projects, and this just happened to pop into my head. I am glad you like the solar cupcakes. They were a blast to do!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

What a great fun way to teach kids! Sharing and voting this up. You have made a masterpiece here.


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi,

What a great teaching tool for children. You must a a great mother or teacher or both, because I am awestruck.

I know what it is like to teach with new ideas everyday---when I taught phonics years ago. To teach a new skills so many different ways so the children would not get bored or tune you out.

Thanks for sharing this--I will tell my cousin about this one,

I voted everything but funny.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks for the share and the compliment Jackie. You too, Bobbi. Thanks for stopping by!


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Mama Kim 8 4 years ago

My son would just love this!! His room is spaced themed with the a big sun and all the planets hanging from the ceiling. He's been able to name them all since he was 2. I just love how you executed the hub as well... giving great information on the different planets. Really a fantastic hub! I'm voting and sharing this one!


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Mama Kim 8, for sharing. Your little son sounds amazing. To be able the name the planets at that age is great!


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Green Art 3 years ago

Looking forward to baking these solar system cup cakes. My grandson with totally get a kick out of them. He loves to bake and is currently studying the solar system at preschool this month.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi Rebecca

I do not know I missed this. These are so cute and my teacher friends will love to have this edible solar system. Another captivating way to keep kids interested and participating.

The photographs made my grandson want me to make some for him!!!

thanks for sharing

Sending you many Angels today :) ps


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! The solar system cupcakes were so much fun to plan out and make. I hope you and your Grandson have fun with them!


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

I'd eat Pluto right away from the solar system, since it's not a real planet. LOL.

Your Mars cupcake is the best-looking of all the cupcakes. I love the round red things on it. :)


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, but if you gobble up Pluto, you are gonna be full!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

These would be such a great project for a troop of Girl Scouts or even Boy Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sister, etc. Have fun baking and decorating and learning at the same time. A good home school lesson too, that will keep children interested and having fun. Lessons are always easier learned and remembered when they're fun.

Up and useful!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks, Au fait. I hope you get the chance to make these.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

I was not on Pinterest when first saw this, but have now pinned it to my Ways w/ Food: Kids board. One day I hope to make this solar system for my grandson. :)


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! I hope your grandson has fun with these!


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Joy M 3 years ago from Sumner, Washington

I will have to remember this when my girls get to their astronomy unit. They will definitely love it. Thanks for sharing.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

I am so glad I inspired you to make these! Have fun!


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Rebecca, what a very original idea. My kids will absolutely love making these cupcakes. And, they get to learn in the process? You can't ask for more than that.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! We had loads of fun making these cupcakes!


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Journey * 3 years ago from USA

This is so adorable and unique to me. Something I would not have thought of. Thanks so much for sharing the idea.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks! I hope you get a chance to make the solar system cupcakes. They were a lot of fun.


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Heather Says 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

This is such an amazing idea! Mars and Saturn are my favorite cupcakes. Great job. Voted up and shared :)


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks Heather. It was a lot of fun!


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Anamika S 3 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

Interesting! Love your idea. Voted up!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Thanks. It was a fun project!


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Qmarpat 22 months ago from Northern,California

This is so cool!! It would be really nice for a class. I have a Solar System CD for 2nd and 3rd graders. This would go great with that! Thanks!


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rebeccamealey 22 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA Author

Oh, I am so glad. Have fun!


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RobinGrosswirth23 17 months ago from New York

Useful, Awesome, Interesting. As a former teacher who used all of the arts herself, all I can say is, WOW!!! I love this idea!!!

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