Astro Kid Cake Zoom

Astro Kid Cake

Please space explorer wannabes. Transform a Little Hero Pan cake into a cosmic traveler with creative piped-icing details and a small American flag.
Makes: Cake serves 12.
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Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 5 1/2 cups buttercream icing:
Tint 1 1/4 cups blue (thin with 1 Tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup)
Tint 1/2 cup gray (use a small amount of black)
Tint 1/4 cup black
Tint 1/2 cup copper
Tint 1 1/4 cups yellow
Tint 1/4 cup red
Tint 1/4 cup brown
Reserve 1 1/4 cups white

Step 2

Before decorating, trim hose, arm extensions and ears off cake.

Step 3

Decorate in Order

Ice sides and background areas smooth with thinned blue icing.

Step 4

Use tip 3 and gray icing to outline spacesuit, helmet and boots.

Step 5

Use tip 16 and copper icing to cover face with stars; overpipe three layers of stars to build up nose.

Step 6

Use tip 3 and white icing to pipe in whites of eyes (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).

Step 7

Use tip 3 and black icing to outline mouth and eyebrows and to pipe-in pupils.

Step 8

Use tip 16 and brown icing to pipe pull-out star hair.

Step 9

Use tip 18 and white icing to cover spacesuit and helmet with stars.

Step 10

Use tip 18 and gray icing to cover cuffs of suit and boots with stars.

Step 11

Use tip 3 and yellow icing to pipe dots and tip 16 to pipe stars on cake sides.

Step 12

Use tip 18 and blue icing to pipe star bottom border.

Step 13

Use tip 3 and red icing to print message on helmet.

Step 14

Position flag in hand.

Step 15

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions.

Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes.

While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking. To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully.

Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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