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Discovery Space Shuttle Birthday Cake – Geeky Cake of the Week

Did you know that space shuttle Endeavor made a record-setting trip to the International Space Station last month? Yeah, well… it did. Perhaps you’d be more aware of these things if you weren’t so busy planning the perfect Rick Roll for April Fools Day.

This week’s shout-out to the awesomest spaceship on earth comes courtesy of cake artisan Don Buciak II of the Holiday Market Bakery in Canton, Michigan.

Space Shuttle Cake

What you’re seeing is a straight-up chocolate cake topped, filled, slathered, and adorned with buttercream icing.

That’s a lot of buttercream icing. Because obviously there’s a mom out there who was more than happy to see her little birthday boy do a sugar-fueled, bouncing-off-of-the-walls impression of a space shuttle for three hours. Vroom-vroom, buddy!

Space Shuttle Discovery Cake

Don walks us through the construction:

…the one picture really shows how it was setup, how the cakes were stacked, then carved. i think inside that i only used maybe a couple plastic dowel rods for support, and the final product u can see the smoke all around, that too, doubled as support to hold up the shuttle and boosters etc.

Space Shuttle Cake

Click the photo for a higher-rez version.

Thanks to Don for sharing! You can check out more of the Holiday Market’s 3D cake designs in their Flickr group.

Oh, and by the way… the space shuttle Discovery next launches on May 31. It’s called “the news,” people. Look into it.

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9 comments… add one
  • Nathan D April 1, 2008, 8:38 pm

    Wow. The exhaust of the lift-off really makes it.

    Thanks for featuring _real_ cakes of late.

  • Great White Snark April 1, 2008, 10:18 pm

    Yeah, the exhaust “smoke” sold me, too.

    Glad to hear the plastic rod dowels that Don employed didn’t bother you too much.

  • Nathan D April 2, 2008, 12:16 am

    Oh, you’d have to be a SERIOUS purist to object to a few dowels — for me, it’s really about whether you can actually eat (and, ideally, enjoy) the bulk of the “cake” — especially the major features of the sculpture. It was really the gluing of candy to cardboard/styrofoam and calling it a “cake”.

  • Great White Snark April 2, 2008, 12:26 am

    “Show cake.”

  • Cindi April 2, 2008, 8:58 pm

    I met an honest-to-goodness Space Shuttle astronaut in February. I’m so forwarding this to her.

  • Great White Snark April 2, 2008, 8:59 pm

    Forward away! Let me know what she thinks.

  • Don Buciak April 3, 2008, 5:26 am

    yea let me know what she thinks too!

  • Linda April 3, 2008, 8:31 am

    I had fun putting together a slideshow featuring geeky & techy cakes from around the web. See it here: http://sciencejunkies.com/2008/03/28/geeks-love-cake/

  • Great White Snark April 3, 2008, 12:53 pm

    Linda, I see you included the Millennium Falcon cake I profiled… but no Max Rebo cake? Really?

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