How to make a solar system cake

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How to make a solar system cake
Create a cake for budding astronomers and space-lovers. (Getty creative)

Make education edible with a science lesson-based solar system cake. Though making a cake proportionate to the actual solar system would require a cake yards in length, a representative solar system can be made. To make the planets, opt for fondant. This edible, sugar-based cake decorating product is readily available at baking supply stores. Working with it is as easy as shaping clay.

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Things you need

  • 480 ml (2 cups) white cake frosting
  • Gel icing colouring or food colouring
  • Spatula
  • Baked sheet cake
  • Fondant
  • Disposable gloves
  • Star-shaped sprinkles or edible glitter

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    Colour 480 ml (2 cups) of the cake frosting black with food colouring or gel icing colouring, stirring with a spatula. Spread the coloured icing to completely cover the top of a baked and cooled sheet cake still in the pan.

  2. 2

    Break off a ping pong ball-sized piece of the fondant. Put on the disposable gloves and knead in yellow food colouring or gel icing colouring into the fondant to make the sun.

  3. 3

    Flatten the yellow fondant into a round circle, 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick, with the bottom of a flat drinking glass or your palm.

  4. 4

    Place the circle in the centre of the cake for the sun.

  5. 5

    Colour two marble-sized pieces of fondant orange, and roll them into spheres for Mercury and Mars.

  6. 6

    Mix yellow colouring into a piece of fondant the size of a large shooter marble to make Venus.

  7. 7

    Combine blue into two fondant spheres the same size as Venus to make the Earth and Neptune.

  8. 8

    Colour another sphere the size of Earth green to make Uranus.

  9. 9

    Mix orange into a large golf ball-sized sphere for Jupiter.

  10. 10

    Make Saturn by shaping a sphere slightly smaller than Jupiter and colouring it green. Roll a piece of green fondant into a rope between your hands and wrap it around the green Saturn.

  11. 11

    Roll a pea-sized ball of fondant, coloured grey, to create Pluto.

  12. 12

    Flatten all of the planets with the base of a drinking glass.

  13. 13

    Arrange the planets around the sun in the middle of the cake in the following order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto -- from the closest to the sun toward the outer edge of the cake.

  14. 14

    Sprinkle edible glitter or star-shaped sprinkles over the cake for a star field.

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