Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Solar System

I made this cake for my neighbor's daughter, who is also one of our best babysitters. The Birthday Girl is interested in all things outer space (here's a previous cake). Lately, her interests have expanded to include the entire solar system, so of course I made it into cake


The base is a chocolate cake, frosted with buttercream. The sun is streaked buttercream. The planets are actually candy covered in marshmallow fondant. (And? These were really fun to make! I might have to convince more people that their cakes need there…"Ya know what would make this Hello Kitty cake perfect? Planets. Just around her face.")


Here's a little closer look. The asteroid belt is made from Raisinettes and the stars are shimmery white sprinkles. I could not believe that my local grocery store didn't carry dragees*! What is this world coming to?? 

* Don't be too confused. Three years ago, I called them "edible BBs" or "those silver ball thingies."

10 comments:

Rupper Family said...

Oh my goodness, you are the coolest! I love this cake!

stewbert said...

LOVE it! Just studied the solar system in my science class. good stuff, loved that you included the asteroid belt! lol

Elisabeth said...

Hi Jessica. I'm not into making cakes myself, though my daughters are and I admire them for it.

I've come here via Popps's blog because like you I received an email from the prolific Serge L of JOOBLE and my curiosity got the better of me as to the identity of those others he has invited.

Like you, as you say on Popps's bits and bob's blog, where I first met you, I'm a bit of a joiner too.

I'm therefore pleased to meet you here all the way from
Austraia.

By the way, your cake here seems apt in the world wide universal scheme of things.

Debbie said...

I need to do this for my daughter. She is in 4th grade and it is a project that needs to be done by the 14th of Feb. This is an awesome cake. How did you color the planets?

Jessica G. said...

Debbie - I used marshmallow fondant (easy to find a recipe online). Take strips of different colors, use a rolling pin to press them together, and then wrap around a jawbreaker or gumball or whatever round candy you are using. Press with you fingers or roll it around on a flat surface to get smooth. For Earth, I wrapped it in blue and then used pieces of green to shape the continents. Lots of fun! Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions, it's thecakecow through gmail. Good luck!

Zeenee said...

I'm from malaysia and my little one loves the solar system. I'm super impressed by you cake and can't wait to try it out for his birthday. Thanks with much love xoxo

wheat2eat said...

Hi There..

I use your design on birthday cake for my nephew.

Thank you very much.. it's very inspiring.

kind regards,
ifa

Wheat 2 Eat said...

this is the result. far from perfect.. at least i'm trying my best hehehe..

Thank you,
ifa

Maria Tompkins said...

Hi, I'm interested in making a cake similar to this for my grandson's third birthday. I was just wondering what you used to make the sun, specifically the type and color of the frosting. Any help would be appreciated!

Unknown said...

Maria - I used a basic buttercream frosting. The colors are golden yellow streaked with no-taste red. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me thecakecow at gmail dot com.