Flying saucer cake

We used a blackboard as a serving plate for this fun spaceship cake. Get the party goers to create their own universe using chalk.
Flying saucer cake


Basic butter cream


1.Preheat oven to 180ºC. Lightly grease and line a 24cm round cake pan with baking paper. Grease and flour a 4-cup pudding basin.
2.Spoon three-quarters of cake mixture into round pan, smoothing top. Pour remaining cake mixture into pudding basin and smooth surface. Bake 25-30 minutes. Remove pudding basin from oven and check for doneness. Continue cooking round cake a further 10-15 minutes, until cooked when tested with a skewer.
3.Cool both cakes in pans 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
4.To make butter cream, beat the butter (and any flavouring, if using) in a small narrow bowl with an electric mixer until the butter is as white as possible (this will result in a whiter butter cream which will give you better results if colouring it). Gradually beat in half the sifted icing sugar then the milk, then the remaining icing sugar. Beat until the butter cream is smooth and spreadable. Keep scraping down the side of the bowl during beating.
5.Tint butter cream grey with food colouring. Trim base of small cake to create flat surface. Spread base with a little butter cream and position on top of round cake. Place on serving plate or board. Cover cake completely with butter cream.
6.Use licorice wrap to define edge of spaceship as shown. Position large silver cachous to form lights and the patty cases to form windows. Use astronauts to create the scene.

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