May the Cake Be With You: Here’s to Creating a Galaxy Cake That’s So Good, It’s Otherworldly
Since it’s Space Day just around the galaxy, here’s a recipe to help celebrate all things space.
Galaxy cakes have taken the internet by storm for a good reason! These stunning desserts are a feast for both the eyes and taste buds. A galaxy cake is a perfect choice to impress your friends and family with a visually stunning cake.
In this recipe, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a gorgeous galaxy-themed cake (or cupcakes) that will surely be the star of any party or celebration.
So, grab your apron, and let’s start making a galaxy cake that is out of this world!
Here’s a recipe for a galaxy cake: (And Cucpakes, too!)
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Gel food coloring (black, navy blue, purple, pink)
- Edible glitter or sprinkles
- Vanilla frosting
- Fondant (black, navy blue, purple, pink)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans.
- Combine the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
- Divide the batter evenly into four bowls.
- Use the gel food coloring to dye each bowl a different color – black, navy blue, purple, and pink.
- Starting with the black batter, pour a small amount into the center of one of the prepared cake pans. Follow with navy blue batter, then purple, then pink, until the pan is filled with the colored batter.
- Repeat this process with the remaining cake pans, alternating the colors in each one.
- Bake the cakes in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let the cakes cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes, then remove them from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
- While the cakes are cooling, roll out the black, navy blue, purple, and pink fondant. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out stars in each color.
- (OPTIONAL) You can use the fondant to make other shapes like planets. Use Etsy to find space objects, like mini-astronauts, rocket ships, sparkle dust, too.
- Once the cakes are completely cooled, spread a layer of vanilla frosting between each layer and stack them on top of each other.
- Use the remaining vanilla frosting to frost the entire cake. You can also use the food coloring to dye the frosting for a darker option.
- Decorate the top of the cake with fondant stars and edible glitter or sprinkles.
Your galaxy cake is now ready to serve!
Get creative as you want. You can’t go wrong with color combos, decorations and taste. Add in some pop-rocks to your batter and icing for a little extra surprise! Choose to replace sugars for healthy alternative sources for your cake base.
Did you know?
Galaxy cakes and the swirling colors and patterns are often created using “painting with buttercream.” This involves using a palette knife or spatula to blend different shades of buttercream frosting to create a marbled effect.
It’s a challenging technique that requires skill and practice, but the result is a beautiful and unique galaxy cake that looks almost too good to eat!
A little history:
Galaxy cakes are a relatively new addition to the world of cake decorating, and their exact origins still need to be clarified. However, it is believed that the trend first gained popularity on social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest around 2016.
The intricate and visually striking designs of galaxy cakes quickly caught the attention of cake enthusiasts and food bloggers, and soon enough, galaxy cakes became a viral sensation.
The trend also coincided with the rise of the “geek culture” phenomenon, which celebrates science fiction, fantasy, and all things outer space. As a result, galaxy cakes became a favorite dessert for space-themed parties, birthdays, and other special occasions.
Space Day is not a fixed date and can vary depending on the country or organization that celebrates it. However, in the United States, Space Day is typically observed on the first Friday in May each year.
Galaxy cakes continue to evolve, with bakers experimenting with different colors, designs, and techniques to create stunning and unique creations.