For this planets cake I baked two square chocolate cakes in 8 inch tins and laid them side by side on the cake board. I covered them with blue fondant icing in a marbled effect achieved by mixing dark blue and light blue packs. The fondant icing was stuck to the cake with a thin layer of butter cream. I let the blue sky overlap onto the board and cut it to make a swirly edge which was neatened by piped blue butter cream.
I decided to have a red planet (Mars), the Sun, Earth and Moon as they were all contrasting colours and worked well against the blue sky. The planets were sponges cooked in the microwave in various sized of plastic food bowls, which worked well as it made them nice and round.
The icing was again fondant with little piped details. I cut out yellow and silver stars and yellow sun rays from fondant icing and used some silver balls and glittery edible dust as decoration. The candles, name letters and Lego figures completed the homemade space planets birthday cake.
I made this moon cake for a baby shower. The cake was made from a box of cake mix (yellow cake) as were the cupcakes. I used a round pan for the cake and after I had cooled the cake, I cut out the hole with a much smaller round pan to give it the moon shape.
I then frosted it with butter cream. I dyed some white fondant for the moon, the baby, the blanket and the stars. The baby was made from large marshmallows (under the blanket) and pink fondant for the head and arms. I used some ice cream sprinkles for the eyes and nose and some butter cream frosting helped keep the blanket in place.
I used small cookie cutters for the stars and let them harden overnight. The clouds on the cake were piped through a ziploc bag.
My soon to be five year old grandson was totally into anything Space related. So I found this wonderful website and ended up making him both a crater moon cake and a Saturn cake for his 5th birthday. I've never attempted anything like this before so I was so happy with the outcome.
I ended up finding a "sports ball" cake pan, each half ended up being the moon and then Saturn. I think they came out pretty good for a first attempt.
by Rebekah Mudford
(Palmerston North, New Zealand)
The Cow Jumped Over The Moon
I made this moon cake for my daughter's first birthday. The moon and stars are done in chocolate cake.
Cut the cake into shape and freeze to prevent crumbling during icing. Ice with yellow icing. I also coloured some plain sugar with yellow food colouring and sprinkled it on top to create a shining effect. Silver cachous to decorate.
The cow is made completely out of white icing. Fun and easy cake to make for a first birthday.