Our friend and Neighbor Matthew turned 40 the other day. So for such a special birthday I decided he needed a special cake. He owns a company called Space Station so space was a pretty good way to go.
I bought a round cake pan that bakes a perfect half circle. I molded rice krispy treats into the same pan as the base because it would hold up better than cake which would be heavy. To make the craters, I drew circles of buttercream. I covered each side with fondant and then assembled them on a single dowel attached to the cake round.
I had a tough time with the assembly because when I put the two pieces together it came out more egg shaped than round. Still a cool effect, but not exactly what I wanted. To hide the seam, I made a red banner which said happy birthday on it but it broke. So I made a plain red banner last minute.
I made the rocket ship out of rice krispies and covered it in fondant and stuck it at the top of the dowel. I finished off the details with a space man made of gumpaste as well as a flag and a few cute aliens.
I love love love this cake. It’s full of whimsey and fun and it was a great challenge for me. It’s my first cake that defies gravity (pun intended) and it’s my first time making characters.
The cake is chocolate with vanilla buttercream and a bit of salted caramel. It was delish if I do say so myself.