I’m not exactly talented when it comes to forming cake and frosting into a recognizable creation, but it turns out I nailed this astronaut birthday cake for my son’s 7th BIG DAY! By “nailed” I mean you can actually tell what it’s supposed to be and it turned out reasonably cute.
Start out with two round 8 or 9 inch cakes. I made Funfetti cake mix from Pillsbury, but the flavor doesn’t matter.
Next you’ll need a batch of sugar cookies. Make up your favorite recipe and allow it to cool in the fridge for a few hours. Make gingerbread man shapes and star shapes. Cook and cool.
Then make up a butter cream (or your favorite) frosting. No fondant for me, thank you very much. Eating the cake is at least as important as looking at it. Plus I don’t have a clue about fondant–even the word makes me uneasy. I separated the frosting into three parts, one gray, one yellow, and one was left white. You need quite a bit more gray than white or yellow. You also need a bit of black. For that I bought the Wilton frosting in a little tube from the cake decorating stuff at WalMart (it’s sold over by the greeting cards/party supplies and also next to the cake mixes and birthday candles). To get the gray I just squeezed a bit of the black into some white frosting.
I put the two layers together separated with a lovely layer of strawberry jam (you could do frosting instead), then frosted the whole thing gray. I added a bit more black to the gray frosting to make the color slightly darker and used a narrow tip cake decorator and a frosting bag to make the crater circles on the moon. My son’s name became part of the craters.
Then I frosted the star cookies in yellow and the astronauts in white. I let the frosting harden and dry for about ten minutes then stuck the stars around the cake edge with a bit more gray frosting on the back of them.
The astronauts were given definition with some black lines, defining their clothes and outlining their visors. Then I filled the visors in with more gray frosting (the visor could also have been completely black). The astronauts were stood up on the cake. They have a little help maintaining their upright position with toothpicks at their backs.
The last touch was the American flag planted on the moon.