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Star Trek Cake

Star Trek Cake

My dear brother Dariusz had his 40th birthday in December. I got the honor to make the birthday cake and I bet that he didn’t exepct to get a Star Trek cake instead of the usual birthday cakes that I make. My brother really likes Star Trek and other science fiction, so when I came with the cake on his birthday reception he was very surprised and happy.

The cake consists of a layer with a wonderful homemade Raspberry mousse and a layer with vanilla custard which is covering a small amount of Strawberry Jam. The cake bottom was baked in a large pan and then divided in 3 parts. The whole cake is covered with blue coloured marzipan which was rolled out, apparently not enough as I wasn’t able to cover the cake all to the bottom… The plan was to decorate the misstake with whipped cream but I wanted to do that at my brother’s to minimize possible damages during the transport, and unfortunately at my arrival I noticed that he doesn’t own any electric mixer so I had to skip the decorating. And besides, my little misstake wasn’t so visible after all. The blue food colour was bought at Panduro as the ordinary groceries only have red, yellow and green food colour. The Startrek ship Enterprise is also made of marzipan, just as the stars.

    Large Cake Bottom

    6 eggs
    6 dl caster sugar
    2 dl water, hot
    6 dl flour
    3 tsp baking powder
    some teaspoons of Grand Marnier

    Heat the oven to 175º C. Butter the pan and then dust it all lightly with fine, dry bread crumbs.
    Whip the eggs and the sugar until puffy. Add the water, a little at a time, while whipping. Combine the flour with the baking powder and mix it carefully with the batter. Bake immidiately in the oven for around 35 minutes.

    Raspberry Mousse
    3 dl strained Raspberries (about 0.5 kg Raspberries before straining)
    2 tsp gelatine (you could have about 0.5 tsp more to be sure that the mousse will become a bit more stiff)
    1.2 dl caster sugar
    3 dl double/whipping cream

    Soak the gelatin in a small amount of water. Combine the strained Raspberries with the sugar. Melt the gelatine on low heat while stirring and put aside. Whip the cream hardly, it may not be too loose. Combine the Raspberry mix with the cooled gelatin (If you discover any lumps, as I did, heat the Raspberry/gelatine mix carefully while strirring and then let it cool again). Finally combine the Raspberry/gelatine with the whipped cream. Store in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until it’s rather stiff. My mousse took long time to become stiff, so you could actually add some more gelatin, about 0.5 -1 tsp more

    How to assemble the cake

    Divide the cake bottom in 3 parts. On the first one, sprinkle some liqueur. Spread a thin layer of Strawberry jam. Cover the jam with Vanilla custard. I didn’t do my from scratch, instead I used a mix that you combine with milk. Cover the custard with a cake part. Sprinkle some liqeur over the cake again and then cover it with the Raspberry mousse. Place the last cake part on the mousse and again sprinkle some liqueur.
    Decorate as wanted and then store the cake in the fridge.

Star Trek Cake

13 Responses to “Star Trek Cake”

  1. Barbara
    January 12th, 2006 05:56
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    Dagmar!

    That cake totally rocks! Your brother must think you are the best sister EVER! How cool!

    (Yes, Barbara is a big Trek geek too. Yes. And a Babylon 5 geek, and a Browncoat, and now, I am addicted to the new Battlestar Galactica.

    Oh well. But when I was in middle school, I was such a Trek fan that I was the girl voted most likely to grow up and marry Mr. Spock.

    Now you know my secret.

  2. Anne
    January 12th, 2006 07:12
    2

    Yeah, did I mention how happy I am that you’re moving to Stockholm? :) The cake looks great -and I can’t wait to try the mousse!

  3. ilva
    January 12th, 2006 09:39
    3

    Beautiful cake, Dagmar! And I love the idea of using rasperry mousse as a filling, I’m going to do that in the next birthday cake I make!

  4. Dagmar
    January 13th, 2006 11:56
    4

    Barbara,
    How hilarious to be voted as the girl most likely to marry Spock :-) That’s really cute and fun! Thanks for the compliments!

    Anne,
    *LOL* Thanks.

    Ilva,
    Thanks. This was my first time using mousse in a cake, at least made from scratch. I’m always nervous using gelatine though, I’m afraid of lumps and dishes that doesn’t become enough stiff. And I don’t like it when they are too stiff :-)

  5. plume
    May 7th, 2006 15:30
    5

    Wow, nice cake!
    I like star trek a lot, and my ex boyfriend too.
    Too late to make one for him, he should have stayed ;-)

  6. Dagmar
    May 24th, 2006 10:24
    6

    Plume,

    Thanks! Your ex boyfriend didn’t deserve it anyway :-)

  7. Heather
    May 18th, 2007 14:57
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    This is the greatest cake I have ever saw. I resently made cupcakes as Poohs. I live in the US and how would I find some of the ingredients you used? My husband is BIG Star trek fan even named our kid after a Voyager crew. I like to make this for Father’s day.

  8. Dagmar
    May 21st, 2007 15:40
    8

    Heather,

    Thanks! You should be able to find all ingredients as they are quite basic. If you don’t find marzipan just use sugar paste instead.

  9. bikerbabe
    August 13th, 2007 15:50
    9

    well done i have never seen a trek cake my ex hubby loved it so much im sure that he thought that it was a real show, well done love it hope you trademarked it

  10. cube
    February 6th, 2009 16:52
    10

    What a lovely cake. As a Trek fan myself, I can understand how happy your brother must’ve been to receive it.

  11. Brittany Roberson
    April 27th, 2009 06:39
    11

    the cake is not that…Right……it is okay…
    but you needed to do some reserch or something…….not being mean…but it looks like something a person who is not a star trek fan did…sorry again….:-/

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