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Space Shuttle Cake

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  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 min
  • Servings 15
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Celebrating a birthday or a shuttle launch? Make this fun cake.
Created Mar 5, 2015
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  • Cake
  • 1 pkg Betty Crocker* SuperMoist* Golden Cake Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Tray or foil covered cardboard (17x12 inches)
  • Frosting and Decorations
  • 1 1/2 tubs Betty Crocker* Creamy Deluxe* Vanilla Frosting
  • Red string licorice
  • Red and Blue miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
  • 2 red gumdrop stars
  • 3 small candy stars
  • 6 soft red round candies
  • 1 tube black decorating gel
  • 3 candles


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Make and cool cake as directed on box for 13x9-inch pan.
  • 2
    Cut cake as shown in diagram. If desired, freeze cake pieces uncovered about 1 hour for easier frosting.
  • 3
    On tray, place cake piece 1. Frost with about 1 1/4 cups frosting. 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. Frost cake with remaining frosting.
  • 4
    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."

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Special Touch: Colored foil-coated space-themed wrapping paper makes a unique cover for the tray or cardboard.
  • Tip 2
    Success: Place strips of waxed paper under corners of unfrosted cake pieces. After frosting, just remove waxed paper strips. No cleanup needed!
  • Tip 3
    Cutting and Assembling Space Shuttle Cake: Cut cake to form body pieces of shuttle. Place piece 1 on tray; frost. Arrange remaining pieces to form shuttle, standing up piece 3 for top fin.

Nutrition Information

410 Calories, 17g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 62g Total Carbs, 44g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 15 servings
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
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% Daily Value*:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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