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Recipe: Man in the Moon Cake

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So, you've decided to bake a Man in the Moon cake. Good for you! You have couple of options here. You can make this cake using regular size round cake pans (9-10") or you can really go for the gusto and go big. Like, lunar big. These instructions are for making a 16" cake. Yep. It' huge. And impressive. If 16" is too crazy, use the biggest cake pan your oven can handle. If that’s only 10", then so be it , but you may want to double up the recipe and make a layer cake, if you’re having a lot of people. Anyhoo, here’s the recipes & instructions:

Buy a 16" cake pan. You can find them at cooking supply shops or craft stores. Also, make sure your oven can accomodate said 16" round cake pan. Trust us on this one. Not all ovens are big enough. We had to do some creative levelling due to the fact that our cake pan actually lifted on one side in order to get the door closed. Fun times.

Make a stencil

We did a Google search for large-sized "Man in the Moon" images. Once we found the right face we were looking for we made the image full screen, taped some waxed paper over the monitor and traced the face features with a pencil. Then we cut out the features with an exacto knife. Note: There are definitely more sophisticated ways of doing this, but we were in DIY commando mode/lazy & disorganized.

Recipe

Oma’s Sponge Cake (makes one 10" single layer cake *Note, we quadrupled the recipe for a single layer 16" cake)

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp (1/8 cup) butter
dash vanilla

Preheat oven to 350

Grease and line a springform pan with parchment paper

Cream eggs and sugar well, add vanilla.

Add half of the flour and all of the baking powder and fold in gently until mixed.

Fold in the rest of the flour mixture.

Heat milk just enough to melt butter (about 60 sec. in a microwave).

Fold the warm milk and melted butter mixture into the dough a little at a time, until all ingredients are combined.

Pour into pan. Bake 30 minutes ( or until toothpick comes out clean) at 350.


Decorating the Cake

What you need:

* buttercream frosting (recipe below)
* your stencil
* Edible spray paint (found at craft stores and cooking supply shops)
* edible gold stars
* round measuring spoons or an egg to create craters
* chopsticks to hold down the stencil
* papertowel
* pastry scraper or plastic putty knife/scraper
* foam board or other board to put the cake on

Simple Buttercream Frosting (Note* we tripled this recipe for a double layer, 16" cake.)

1 lb softened butter
2 lbs sifted confectioner’s sugar
1T vanilla extract
1/4-1/2 cup room temp milk
big pinch salt

In the bowl of a standing mixer or with a hand mixer cream the butter until it’s well mixed, about 1 min.

Gradually add in the sugar and beat until very light and fluffy, about 5 min.

Add the salt and vanilla extract.

Slowly stream in the milk until the frosting is soft, smooth and spreadable. If you plan on finishing the cake with an ombre design it is helpful if the frosting is very soft, but not runny at all.

Because our cake was so big, we bought a piece of blue foam board to put it on. We lined it with tinfoil to keep it food safe. If you’re frosting a single layer cake, use an offset spatula or a flat knife to get the frosting as smooth as possible. If you’re creating a layer cake, cut the cake with a leveller or a sharp serrated knife. It’s always easier to cut frozen or cold cake - so, if you have time and can plan ahead, give your cake some fridge time.

Frost between the layers and try to get as smooth of a finish as possible on the sides and top. Let the frosting "crust" by popping the cake into the fridge or by letting it sit an hour. You want to be able to gently tap the frosting without it sticking to your finger. Take a piece of paper towel and place it gently on the frosting, use a scraper to gently smooth the frosting through the paper towel. We're doing a terrible job explaining this, so watch this video instead.

Time to stencil on the face. We bought edible spray paint from the baking section at my local craft store. You can also find this in bake shops and maybe even some larger department stores. We chose silver because we were already a little grossed out by the whole idea of edible spray paint and figured a less intense colour would mean less food dye. We could be totally wrong about that, but it made us feel better about spray painting what was up until that point a lovely, completely organic cake.

Place the stencil on your cake, positioning the face where you want it. Use napkins to block off any areas of the cake that are still visible .Have a couple of skewers or chopsticks handy so you can hold down the stencil in case it starts to curl. You want it as flat as possible.

Shake the edible spray paint and smoothly and evenly spray your stencil. Remove the waxed paper and voila! Pretty cool, right? We then added some craters using a combination of an egg and round measuring spoons to create a not-too-even effect. We also scattered some edible gold stars across the cake and onto the frosting clouds we had painted onto the blue foam board. The effect was pretty cool. Totally worth the effort.

Place a couple of sparklers on the top and you've got yourself a pretty awesome Man in the Moon Cake.

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