My son is turning five and he decided that he wanted a space themed cake. I racked my brain trying to come up with an idea and then I came across a silicone baking pan shaped like stars. Then inspiration came to me to make this Birthday Space Mission Cake.
I baked two boxes of Devil's food cake and poured them into a large baking pan (11 x 13, I believe). This formed the base of the cake. I then covered it in chocolate icing for the "space sky". If I'd had more time, I would have dyed it black, but chocolate looked just fine.
I mixed up a butter cake mix and poured some of the batter into a medium sized Pyrex glass mixing bowl (safe for oven use). This will form the shape of the moon. I then poured the rest of the batter into my star shaped baking dish.
I dyed some vanilla icing yellow and iced the moon. I dipped a toothpick into some of the chocolate icing and made craters for my moon. Then I melted some of my yellow icing and dipped the stars into it making sure that they were coated well, because it is very difficult trying to ice these stars by hand. The bottoms weren't covered, but depending on the way you put them on the cake, it wasn't really all that noticeable. Or you could wait until one side dries and dip the other side to coat the entire star. Looking back, that is what I wished that I had done.
I also sprinkled yellow sugar crystals on top of the moon and stars to make them sparkle a bit. I then sprinkled the top of the cake with star shaped sprinkles (called snowflake sprinkles on the container).
I purchased the space ship from a theme park and discovered it would make the perfect topper for my cake!