I was so excited with how Trenton’s birthday cake turned out for his outer space party.
I was pretty nervous about pulling this off.
I’ve done cupcakes (with help from my mom) for birthdays.
But I haven’t picked up a bag or decorating tip in a long time.
Okay, it hasn’t been quite that long. I did decorate a cake back in college for my roommate's 21st birthday. It wasn’t a masterpiece, but let’s be honest – no one really cares much about a cake at a 21st birthday party!
I did grow up watching cakes being decorated though. My Nanny decorated all of her grandchildren’s birthday cakes for many years. And she also made wedding cakes before arthritis set in. So maybe I got some cake decorating genes from Nanny that helped me out with Trenton’s cake.
Anyway, this is where I got the idea for the cakes.
The above cakes were made by stacking and carving 9x13 and 8” round cakes, but I did mine a little different.
For the shuttle, I used a Sara Lee frozen pound cake (regular size, not the big family size one), and cut it into the space shuttle shape.
I then cut out a piece of cardboard that was the same size as the bottom of the shuttle plus wings. I wrapped the cardboard in foil and slipped it under the shuttle. I also cut a piece of cardboard for the back tail fin, wrapped it in foil, and stuck it into the back of the shuttle.
From the beginning, I had planned on making the earth cake. Then my aunt mentioned that Trenton would be “over the moon” about his birthday cakes. Ding, ding! The moon! What an awesome idea! So I ran with it.
To make the moon cake, I used Pampered Chef’s classic batter bowl.
I used approximately half of the batter from a boxed mix. (It took nearly 40 minutes to bake.) Once the cake had cooled, I turned it out and carved it a little to make a more spherical shape.
As far as icing goes, I used Wilton’s Buttercream Icing recipe. I used the Step 4 variation for the stiff consistency. But once I put some icing in my bag, it was like I was working with mortar! I could feel my finger joints crying! Out of the bag came the icing, and I added a couple extra tablespoons of milk. Perfect! And my joints loved it!
The entire shuttle was done using the star tip – other than NASA which was written with a round tip.
The moon was the easiest thing I have ever decorated – other than getting the color right. I wanted the color to be a lighter gray than I wound up with, but black coloring plus white icing makes purple for a LONG time. So I wound up with a pretty dark gray. I slapped the icing onto the cake. It didn’t really matter if the icing job wasn’t perfect because once I had the moon cake covered in icing, I took a kiddie spoon and pushed it into the icing to make craters on the moon.
I stuck a couple of astronauts and an American flag on the moon, and it was done!
(Four birthday candles went on the back of the shuttle. If you do this, be sure to put something under the candles when you light them to catch dripping wax.)