5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … LIFT OFF! It’s the month of June and winter is here, which is the perfect time for hot chocolate and cake! It’s also the month we celebrate all the important Dads in our lives, whether that be our own daddy, step-daddy, grandpa, uncle or family friend, we all have that one special person in our lives who guides and protects us and this is the month we get to celebrate them!
This month’s theme was inspired by Annie’s own Daddy. During Lockdown they have been doing a lot of imaginary play and Annie really loved one particular game where she got to go to the Moon on a rocket ship. So this month we baked a galaxy cake so she and her daddy could take a trip to the moon and I wanted to share this adventure with you too!
Are you ready for a galactic adventure?! Let’s get baking!
STEP 1: Baking Your Galaxy Marbled Cake
Grease the baking cups provided in your kit with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Add your Vanilla Cake Mix in a bowl and to it add
125g eggs (3 large eggs)
110ml of oil; and
100ml of water
Mix on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes.
Divide your batter equally and colour one half purple and the other half blue.
Divide the mixture equally between the two baking cups provided in your kit by alternating scoops of blue and purple batter.
Using a skewer swirl the batter to create a marbled effect.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to completely cool.
STEP 2: Making Your Buttercream
To make your Vanilla Buttercream, beat the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. About 1 to 2 minutes.
Sieve the icing sugar and add half the icing sugar to your butter and beat until smooth.
Add the remaining icing sugar, 10 ml of vanilla essence, and two tablespoons of milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth.
Beat in more milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
STEP 3: Assembling and Decorating your Cake
To assemble the cake, have your cake sponges cooled and trimmed so that they’re level.
Centre your first cake layer on your cake board securing with a little bit of frosting underneath. Stack the second layer on top with buttercream gently pressing down to make sure it’s sitting properly and is level. For a professional look place the second cake layer upside down (to help the final cake be as even as possible). Place your cake in the fridge for a few minutes before moving on to the next step.
Coat the entire cake with a crumb coating of buttercream, which is just a layer of buttercream used to trap any stray crumbs. Place cake in the fridge and allow crumb coat to firm up, about 20 minutes. Once crumb coat is set, remove from the fridge.
Divide the remaining buttercream icing into 2 portions and colour one half blue and the other half purple with the gel colouring provided.
On your iced and chilled cake, add a few dabs of purple buttercream around and on top of the cake and fill in the rest of the areas with blue buttercream.
Using an icing scraper smooth out the buttercream to reveal a galaxy effect. You can repeat this step if you have missed any spots on the cake. You can either use a professional cake scraper (bench scraper) or make your own one by wrapping a thin piece of cardboard (I used a cereal box) with tin foil. Place your cake in the fridge to set for a few minutes.
Using the galaxy star sprinkles, decorate your cake. We added a few buttercream rosettes to our cake, some clusters of sprinkles around the cake as well as a sprinkle border.
Dip a paintbrush into the white gel colouring and splatter paint it all over the cake to create a “starry” effect.
While your cake sets, cut out the galaxy themed cake toppers. You can cut out photos of yourself and your dad or grandpa and paste it in the helmet area of the space men. I used my HP Sprocket Printer to print out a few pictures of Annie and her daddy and cut those out to size. Using my hot glue gun (you can use tape as well) I glued the toppers to the skewer sticks.
Finally, cut the toppers to size if necessary and decorate your cake with your toppers and surprise dad with his mini cake and card.
To all the wonderful dads, and they come in all shapes and sizes, we wish you a Happy Father’s Day. Thank you for guiding us, protecting us and always making us feel safe.