Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes demonstrates how to make a beautiful, space themed “Black Nebula Cake” in her most recent culinary tutorial. She pulled her inspiration for the nebula cake from a “couple of Hubble Space Telescope picture books” that she was looking through.
The cake recipe makes a standard 9-inch double layer cake, but I used three 6-inch pans and had enough batter left over for 6 cupcakes. The cake is almost completely black on its own, thanks to dark cocoa powder, but I added an additional teaspoon of Americolor Super Black gel food color to make it even darker.
To get started, you’ll need to cover the cake with black ready-made fondant according to these directions. Don’t worry if your fondant work doesn’t turn out perfectly because the paint will disguise many flaws. You’ll need pink, blue and violet gel food color and most importantly white food color. (read more)