Space Shuttle Cake

Space Shuttle Cake

Celebrating a birthday or a shuttle launch? Make this fun cake. Print out this template and use it as a guide to cutting and assembling your spaceshuttle.

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box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Tray or cardboard (17x12 inches), covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
Frosting and Decorations
containers Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Red string licorice
Red and blue miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
red gumdrop stars
small candy stars
soft red round candies
tube (0.68 oz) Betty Crocker® black decorating gel
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan. Make and bake cake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan. Cool 10 minutes; remove cake from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate or freeze cake 1 hour until firm.
  2. Using serrated knife, cut rounded dome from top of cake to make flat surface; place cake cut side down. Cut cake as shown in diagram.
  3. On tray, place cake piece 1. Arrange pieces 2, 3 and 4 as shown in diagram, trimming to fit, standing up piece 3 for top fin. Trim point of piece 2 for nose of shuttle. Attach each piece with a small amount of frosting.
  4. Frost cake with a thin layer of frosting to seal in crumbs. Freeze 30 to 45 minutes to set frosting. Add final coat of frosting to cake, using up remaining frosting.
  5. Use licorice to make diagonal lines across nose of shuttle and to outline top fin. Use baking bits to outline tip, wings and back of shuttle. Add large and small stars to wings and back; add round candies to both sides of fin. Write "USA" or another message on top of fin with decorating gel. Insert candles at end of shuttle. If desired, just before serving, light candles for "liftoff." Store loosely covered.
Makes 15 servings
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How-To Template
Create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with colored foil-coated space-themed wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.
Place strips of waxed paper under corners of unfrosted cake pieces. After frosting, just remove waxed paper strips. No cleanup needed!
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Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (Cake and Frosting Only))
  • Calories 410
    • (Calories from Fat 150),
  • Total Fat 17g
    • (Saturated Fat 3 1/2g,
    • Trans Fat 3 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 40mg;
  • Sodium 320mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 62g
    • (Dietary Fiber 0g,
    • Sugars 44g),
  • Protein 1g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 3 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.