Can I Make a "Cow [Dinosaur] Abduction UFO Cake"?
Updated: Aug 28
Scratch that, Dinosaur Abduction UFO Cake! I saw this awesome cake on Pinterest from Instructables / attosa, but I didn't have a plastic cow. However, I did have a plastic dinosaur which actually was cow print (weird, right?), so I made it a dinosaur abduction cake.
I also have toy astronauts, but why would astronauts be wearing their gear on Earth and get abducted by a UFO? That wouldn't have made sense, duh. Dinosaurs getting abducted by a UFO makes way more sense. Haha! :)
I decided to make the cake for "Extraterrestrial Abductions Day" -- info at the bottom of the post.
This cake had a lot of firsts:
- 1st time using fondant
- 1st time using piping tips
- 1st time using LED lights!
I describe in detail how I recycled a cardboard box to make the cake stand with lights in a separate post. I also put in detail what I learned when trying out cake piping in a separate post. Check those out. :)
I have also made a couple of other alien-themed desserts. Here are the links:
I made a slightly smaller version and took some shortcuts.
The biggest part of the spaceship was only 6" -- the diameter of 6" springboard pan. I only used 1 cake mix box to make 3 cakes (2 parts for the spaceship and 1 cake for the green grass below).
What I used:
- 1 cake mix box (not shown)
- White candy melts
- Food coloring
- LED lights
- Cup (actually I switched to 16 oz. plastic pint glass)
- Plastic dinosaurs
- Buttercream (not shown)
- Steel mixing bowls (smaller one than 6" diameter, so it would look like the dome of a spaceship and a medium-sized one for the grassy patch)
- 6" springboard pan
- Shipping tape
I forgot to use the edible silver paint in the picture actually.
It was a vanilla cake, but I added a little black gel food coloring to make it grey. Then it would look like metal -- like a spaceship.
While the cakes were in the oven, I made the cake stand with LED lights from a cardboard box. Check out that post.
Here are the cakes coming out of the oven. Here is the spaceship before decorating. I actually shouldn't have stacked them before decorating, but it is what it is. :) I put some frosting in between the 2 layers.
Green Grassy Patch
I started with the grassy patch. There was a learning curve with the cake piping, but it turned out well in the end. Check out that post. :)
Then I placed my cow-print dinosaur in the center of the cake and put this little plastic cup I had on top. That's the part where the cow/dinosaur is getting abducted. In the instructables website, they use fishing line to really make the cow/dinosaur flying in mid-air, but I decided not to do this. I also added another red dinosaur friend trying to help him and also for color on the cake. I put it aside.
Building the UFO
I mentioned that I shouldn't have stacked the cakes before decorating, but I was excited to make the spaceship. Haha! :) It would helped make my fondant work cleaner maybe if I hadn't stacked the cakes.
Anyways, on the Instructables website, they mention making a ganache, which provides a smooth barrier on which to lay the fondant. Instead of doing that, I just melted some white chocolate wafers and smoothed those over the cake. Then I put it in the fridge to set.
Tip: Before decorating, I put a piece of saran wrap under the cake, which was helpful because it helped me to move the cake easily after decorating.
Working with Fondant (1st time!)
For other projects, I have made my own marshmallow fondant, but for this cake, I decided to try out using fondant.
Fondant is sort of like playdough / silly putty. I added a little black food coloring to make it grey like a spaceship. I was going to paint it silver too, but I forgot and the grey looked pretty good.
For the dome, I went with neon green rather than yellow and for the UFO details, I went with purple rather than red.
To make the circle details for the UFO, I used the end of a pastry tip.
I laid the grey fondant over my stacked cakes to make the UFO. If I had not stacked them, I think I would have been able to get the fondant neater over the larger part of the spaceship and I would have used less fondant. I had to put neon green fondant over the grey fondant to make the dome. Because of the proportion of my dome to the disc part of the UFO, I also added a strip of grey around the neon green dome otherwise the neon green part would have been too big for the space ship.
Putting the Scene together
I took my Green Grassy Patch cake with dionsaur & cup and put a piece of shipping tape (sturdy tape) on top of the cup.
I turned on all the LED lights on the cardboard cake stand. Then I put the cardboard cake stand with LED lights on top. Finally, I put the UFO cake on top.
We are good at this. Overall, I think it was a success, I did lots of new cake art techniques and also some arts & crafts/DIY. The fondant needs some work, but it was my first time.
It looked pretty cool, but it was a little hard to see the dinosaurs and the whole scene.
Then I looked around my place and saw a taller clear plastic cup...
Attempt #2 (or 1b):
I took off the UFO cake and then I switched out the little cup for the taller plastic cup. Much better! You could really see the dinosaurs. I made another recycled cardboard box cake stand with LED lights and put it back on top.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! Badass!
Check out on YouTube!
This cake is fun for any day, not just Extraterrestrial Abductions Day. :) Info below this part and bigger photo too.
Give it a try! We are good at this!
What is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day?
"Extraterrestrial Abductions Day is today. Alien UFO's may be everywhere, looking to abduct humans. If you are not careful, perhaps they will find you! Keep one eye on the sky. If you see a UFO, be ready to duck, dodge, and hide. Of course, there are more than a few people out there, who are looking to be abducted by aliens. Their goal is to travel to an alien planet.
Celebrate today by reading and watching science fiction stories about UFOs and Extraterrestrials. And, make sure to keep out of sight of extraterrestrials.
Most lovable alien: "ET"
Favorite alien: "My Favorite Martian"
Origin of "Extraterrestrial Abductions Day":
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. From what we have gathered, we believe the creator has been abducted by aliens, and is rumored to be living on a planet in a galaxy far, far away. (haha!) The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a very high speed vehicle."