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I looked all over to find a cool cake decorating idea my little Outer Space Astronaut birthday boy would love. I found a rocket cake mold -- BORING -- and some cute space candles... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Then at a friend's birthday party it hit me like a asteroid! The mom said she made a cake in a mixing bowl and made it look like a lady bug.
Well, It wasn't that much of a quantum leap to turn it the same concept into a Moon Cake! Some creative food coloring mixing to get MOON GRAY icing and using a buttered spoon to make the creators.
Houston, The Cake Has Landed! Let's Eat!
This cake was for my son's 5th birthday. He had a Jimmy Neutron party. I came across a recipe for a rocket ship cake in a Pampered Chef recipe book and modified it to fit the party theme as you can see in the birthday cake picture above.
- 2 pkg. yellow cake mix (plus ingredients to make cake)
- 1 pkg. (2lbs.) powdered sugar (about 7 cups), divided
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 Tbsp. clear vanilla extract
- 6-7 Tbsp. milk, divided
- Food Coloring
- 5 Sugar cones
- Assorted Sprinkles
- Red Hots
- Action Figure of choice
- 9 oz. plastic cup
- Orange / Red Fruit Roll- ups
Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour the Pampered Chef Classic Batter Bowl. Prepare 1 cake mix according to pkg. Pour into batter bowl and bake 1 hour, 10 minutes to 1 hour, 15 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Remove to cooling rack. Cool 15 minutes. Run large knife around outside of cake and gently turn out onto cooling rack, large end down. Cool 3 hours. Repeat with remaining cake mix to make a second cake.
For Frosting, combine half of the powdered sugar with butter, shortening, vanilla and 3 Tbsp. of the milk in large bowl. Beat w/ mixer until smooth. Add remaining powdered sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, adding more milk, 1 Tbsp. at a time, as needed for good spreading consistency. Tint approx. 1 1/2 cups of the frosting orange and 1/2 cup of the frosting blue.
Slice off 2 inches from bottom (large end) of one cake and place on 14 inch round serving platter. (Reserve unused top for later use.)
Frost bottom portion of cake w/ orange frosting (as seen in the birthday cake picture). Top with second cake; frost with white frosting. With sharp scissors, cut flame shapes from fruit roll ups and place on orange frosting. Attach 4 sugar cones to sides of cake. (Depending on shape of sugar cone, it may be necessary to shave top edge of cone to fit snugly against cake, or simply push cone into cake.)
In the birthday cake picture above you can also see that there's an action figure on top of the cake. Frost back of 9oz. clear plastic cup with white frosting. Place over action figure. Frost sugar cone with white frosting and decorate w/ colored sprinkles. Attach to glass with frosting. Decorate cake with remaining frosting and small candies, as desired.
Everyone enjoyed this cake.