I made this rocket birthday cake for my son Dexter’s fourth birthday. I made two cakes using the Wilton football cake pan (one cake mix per cake). Using a toothpick I sketched an outline of the top layer of rocket. I cut out a rough shape of the top layer of rocket out of one football cake.
I then stacked the two cakes (with a layer of frosting in between) and continued carving until I was satisfied with the shape. The bottom layer I basically left as is, but the top layer required a bit of carving. For the rocket thrusters I made rice krispie treats and shaped them into cylinders.
I covered the cake with frosting and then covered it with fondant. I purchased Wilton ready to use fondant and had to add a lot of no taste red gel to get the red I wanted. It was the first time I had used fondant and it was easier to work with than I had expected. I kept out a small amount of the fondant to which I later added blue and used for the windshield. The rice krispie treats I also covered with icing and then fondant.
I cut triangular shapes out of graham crackers and cover them with frosting and then fondant to put on top of the rocket thrusters. For the thing on top I covered a small sucker with fondant and and pushed the stick down into the cake. I cut off the ends of two yellow gumdrops for the lights. I finished the cake off by piping on some lines and dots around the base and on the top.
I checked out many of the pictures and descriptions on this website and found them very useful when planning the cake.