Astronaut Party

So, like I said in the last post, my little guy celebrated his 4th birthday this past week. We held a big BBQ for him on Saturday. He said that he wanted a Space themed party, or in his words an “AstroSnot” party. He has a little trouble with his pronunciation on that one, but it is so funny we don’t ever correct him.
His cake was fun to make. I went ahead and tried Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake after all the hype from last month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge. I read so many great things about it on a lot of the blogs out there so I thought I would give it a try. You can find the recipe all over the internet or in her book Baking: From my home to Yours
. I’ll tell you that I was a bit skeptical about the cake after I baked it…it was very “springy” and I thought it was going to be a little angel food cake like. I was wrong. It was delicious…not that angel food cake isn’t, but you know what I mean. I adapted the recipe a little using my own buttercream frosting, but used the raspberry preserves like it calls for and it was really, really great.
I used Satin Ice rolled fondant for the decorations and all in all it was a success!
For the cupcakes I made planets out of fondant a week ahead. The cupcakes were brown sugar cupcakes filled with chocolate chip cookie dough. (You can find a similar recipe at The Cake Mix Doctor ) I think I over baked the first batch because the dough completely baked. So the second batch I baked a little less and they were good. I topped them with vanilla buttercream and a planet.
Putting the frozen cookie dough in the cupcake
Covered the dough before baking
Jupiter
Saturn
Unidentified plant 😉
And all the rest: Mars, Pluto, Earth…Happy birthday my little guy!!

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Ingrid
Ingrid

Happy birthday to your little guy. Your did a fantastic job on his cake! Very cour four!
~ingrid

Natalie
Natalie

Okay. I will embarrassingly be the first to admit I just spent the last 30 minutes reading through old blogposts/recipes. Wow. You are wayy too cute at what you do. Srsly. One person should NOT have all that talent *cough*shareplease?*cough*

:]] I can't wait to try all this stuff out!!!!

Monica H
Monica H

Happy Birthday Little man! You did such a great job with the astro=snot theme. I love your planets!

Smitten Sugar
Smitten Sugar

i mean cookie dough….clearly I want chocolate 🙂

Smitten Sugar
Smitten Sugar

These cupcakes are adorable!! I love chocolate cookie dough…bet they were yummy!

thereddeer
thereddeer

Great job! The cake and cupcakes look amazing. Love it!

StuffCooksWant
StuffCooksWant

Cute cake! Especially love the little green, yellow and blue planets / balls along the bottom where cake meets plate… a nice finishing touch.

Astro-snot… so funny! My little guy said "extra-cise" for exercise for years. Every now and then he does it to get a chuckle outta me.

Bridget
Bridget

You are the best mom!!! Loving those planet toppers!

Tracy
Tracy

What a cute cake! Also, I LOVE how Jupiter came out. So cute!

Leslie
Leslie

"astro-snot" lol lol lol!!!

Baking Momma
Baking Momma

A Big Happy Birthday to Max!
The cake came out great and those cupcakes sound so darn good.
Yummy! I could taste them through the screen.

Snooky doodle
Snooky doodle

Happy Birthday! the cake is so nice and I like the matching cupcakes 🙂

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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