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On 6/14/2004, Amy Bencomo wrote:
"I was searching for rocket cakes since my son is having a themed birthday party at NASA's Ames Research Center. I not only got a lot of great ideas, I also was able to see how terribly wrong this cake could turn out for me. P.S. Having a boy has exposed me to some really cool, educating things!"
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Rockets On Cakes

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I know what you're asking... "Why???"

Rick went searching the family photo albums and the only picture we found with a rocket in it was this one of Rick on his tenth birthday with our Aunt Carol. That's Rick on the right, and Aunt Carol on the left. No, wait -- oh, yeah, that's right. Carol on the left.

Anyway, having found one picture of a rocket on a cake, we went on to find several others (shown below). We think it's signaling a trend worth chronicaling (we're easily impressed). What's more, we aren't the only ones -- Click here for proof!

Ok, we know this is stupid, and it probably isn't fodder for Ripley's Believe it or Not, but we'll bet its seven more rocket-cake pictures than most other web sites. One would think that would be plenty. But NO! We're hoping to add to this collection real soon.

Believe it or not (take that, Mr. Ripley) you can submit your picture of a rocket on a cake to this web site. We're betting that there are several BAR's with similarly embarrassing photos hidden at the bottom of their sock drawers. Well, fellow rocketeers, shed your inhibitions! Contact RTV HERE and send us YOUR preserved birthday memory! Show the world your ROCKETS ON CAKES!

Nostalgic Americana Rocket-on-a-Cake!

This is what we're talkin' about, people!

This photo tells just about everything there is to know about having a birthday party in the late 1950's. A black & white memorial to a simpler and quieter era, including buzz cuts, horn rimmed glasses, a Gunsmoke board game (issued in 1958), a Confederate Army cap, and best of all -- a Rocket on a Cake!

We stumbled across this photo [HERE]. His hobby is even more expensive than rocketry!

Here's a vintage rocket cake photo, coming all the way from the UK.

This was found on the interweb site of Dr. Nick Baylis, who is a more youthful, more handsome, and more British version of Dr. Phil.


Redstone Museum Cakes

This picture commemorates the First Anniversary of the Redstone Arsenal. The General looks as though he's had a few big cakes.....

There is no rocket in this picture as near as we can tell, but hey! He's cutting it with a sword! You can tell that the General (on the right) has been telling ol' Cookie to bake the cakes at tad smaller, cause he's looking trimmer.

Rocket Cheese Cake

The cake declares

We can only assume that this is in celebration of some aspect of the space program or rocket science and not the invention of hot pants.

This photo was George Lucas' inspiration for Princess Leia Organa's hairstyle in the orginal Star Wars movie.

Rocket on a Mystery Cake

These images are from a roll of Kodacolor 126 film, found inside an "Instamatic X-15" model camera purchased at Thrift Store City (Norfolk, VA) at the cost of 45¢. The photos lay inside the camera, undeveloped, for thirty years or so. Go to Philip Chmiel's web site if you're interested in seeing the rest of the roll....

Did a web search on 'Frittinen'. Got back zilch - but it leaves me wondering if the birthday boy would have a Finnish sirname. Is it his FIRST name? A co-worker suggested that perhaps the scene on the cake was was meant to be 'Frightening'.

Two other observations: First, the older sister had big plans for later on that day, wearing hair curlers to her kid brother's birthday bash. Second, the birthday boy is apparently quite patriotic, and proud to display his fervor.

Rocket Shaped Cakes

Another twist on the Rockets on Cake Theme, is the Rockets as Cake.
This one is from Southern England. Looks like there is 29mm S/U stuck in it. That's quite a candle.....


Jim Chambers of the Toledo Area Rocket Society (TARS) sent this photo and commentary:

I had been to your site before and saw your "Rocket Cakes" page.'s a pic of the Rocket Cake I "built". The fins are delta clip, Cp is at the top of the fin and had to add nose weight to get the CG "just right !" There must have been a CATO because Cake was seen flying into peoples mouths and all that was left was the fin can to bring home !

Jim didn't explain the other acronyms shown on the cake. I doubt we want to know.

Few people know this, but the original design for the Space Shuttle first materialized in the form of sponge cake and baby-blue frosting. This is proof. Check out the lunar landscape embossed into the foil.

Look's like Dan's cake suffered a failed parachute deployment. The birthday candles are inserted so that the flames come out of the nozzles. That's impressive.

This looks like a boy who is absolutely euphoric to be sitting in front of a cake. And it probably isn't his first. You can almost hear his stomach growling!

The ingenius modular design of the chocolate donut rocket cake. Waddayawanna bet that Dad designed this cake: 1) It's a rocket, 2) No cooking, and 3) No knife to wash. Each kid grabs a 'stage' and you're done! What you don't see: the donuts are stacked on the bathroom plunger.

Amy Wilson from Woodbridge, VA sent us this photo and the following description:

Hi. As I was looking for ideas to make a rocket cake for my son Henry's 4th birthday (this was his request), I came across your website and enjoyed it. Now that the cake has been completed (and consumed), I thought I'd share a photo with you. The cake is the moon, covered in white sparkly sprinkles, and the "rocket" is more of a lunar module, I guess. Probably not scientifically accurate... I made the rocket from an ice cream cone covered in fondant (a kind of frosting). Oh, and in case anyone wants to know, the cake was chocolate with buttercream frosting.

(Amy also added) "And I KNOW he'll be totally into model rockets someday. And so will his dad!".

I think our mission is complete at the Wilson house.

Behold the USS Anderson! 11/14/07

Lisa from Lansdale, PA writes:

I found your site when I was looking for ideas for my 4-year-old's birthday cake. Who knew there were so many variations on this theme? Here are some shots of his cake (his name is Anderson, as you probably can guess from the name on the side). We actually had lit sparklers coming out the back when we brought it out, but of course my camera battery died, so we don't have that captured, but it was a nice addition.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Isn't that just the way it goes? Any time you need to take a video of a UFO, contact with an extra-terrestrial, your kids' birthday sparklers, or the elusive wardrobe malfunction, the battery on your video camera dies. Rats.


Dear Team Vatsaas

Not sure if you're still adding pics to the site, but thought this very sad, crude and definitely home made cake would give you a laugh. It was made for my son's 4th birthday recently.

I made the moon surface and planets out of fondant but the cake was iced in butter icing (after a disastrous and futile few hours grappling with the fondant followed by a frantic late night dash to the 7-Eleven for a couple of kilos of butter and icing sugar!) The kids loved it especially with the sparklers.

Susan (Brisbane, Australia)

We brothers all agreed that Susan's modesty rang a little hollow because this cake is awesome -- but what really impressed us is the wee lad's birthday suit. Spidey pyjamas! (and, although you don't see it in the photo, an Optimus Prime mask!) That's our kind of kid!

Take heart, Lisa from Lansdale; the sparklers don't show up in the photo after all. Just like UFO's.

Also from down under: 11/14/07


I wanted to let you know how much we LOVE your site. Thanks for all the inspiration at the 11th hour when the pressure was on to come up with something launchable yet edible -- and here it is!

Should I go pro?

The party was held in the courtyard of the Sydney Observatory after the event of 15 x 5 & 6 yr-olds fastening their seat-belts and taking off to Mars in the 3-D space theatre. . . Entertaining plus educational !! and a venue I'd recommend to any budding astronaut.

Thanks again. Best wishes, Danielle (Sydney, Australia)

Aspiring designers of gluten-based projectiles take note:
If you want to get on our good side, a fine place to start is with effusive praise punctuated with frequent insertions of the word 'love' (all caps). Also the word 'edible'. We'll be sure to post your photo.

Hey Max -- your mom ROCKS!

This cake was made by a group of middle school students for the farewell party of a departing science teacher. Two bits says that the class curriculm included a unit on model rocketry. The moral of the story? If you want kids to remember you, teach them how to fly rockets.

It may be a coincidence, but the cake on the left looks a lot like the Aries 'Fat Albert' on the right.

This picture shows a rocket cake made for the Cub Scout 75th Anniversary in February 2005 by a young Cub Scout from Pack 535. The cake won first prize for Best in Show at the Pack 535 Cake Contest in Austin, TX, as part of its annual Blue & Gold Banquet.

The profile reminds just a little of the Acme Spitfire.


Frosting Rockets

A rocket cake at the south pole! (it is mentioned in the log here:) Sure, it's only frosting on a sheet cake, but it's in the Antarctic. Even more impressive is that we found it!

This cake was spotted in the July/August issue of Sport Rocketry. It was submitted by Jack Hagerty. That looks like it really smarts! Today's safety tip: Don't lean over the launch pad while pressing the ignition button.

RTV Note: We've been inexplicably inundated with submittals of cakes with rockets drawn in the frosting. After weeding through all these entries, we have concluded that we will accept and post these 'frosting rocket' cakes only under two conditions: 1) It can be proven that the picture was taken at or near a magnetic pole, or 2) the frosting also depicts a violent maiming or disfiguration. Otherwise, thanks for your support and Happy Birthday!

Okay, one exception - but only because the cake was baked for Jimmy O'Dell Carroll, one of the Coalwood Rocket Boys! (pictured with cake). Care to venture any guesses about the number of rocket-themed parties Jimmy O'Dell Carroll has attended since the release of the movie 'October Sky'?

And speaking of the Rocket Boys....

It just so happens that we stumbled across a Rocket Cake decorating contest sponsored by the county library of Bowling Green, Ohio held in March of 2003. It was in celebration of the book The Rocket Boys and in addition to the baking contest featured a mayoral proclamation, sock hop, and appearances by original Rocket Boys Roy Lee Cooke and Billy Rose at the public library. The idea for the contest came from our web site (the proof is with the photo they lifted for the entry form) so we reserve the right to ridicule the entries without mercy.

A very nice space shuttle cake. My favorite feature is the red-vine licorice flames spewing from the waffle-cone nozzles.

This rocket looks like it flew through the sun's radiation corona. But any cake standing upright deserves extra points for verticality.

This was the contest winner. Innovative, but technically this is not a rocket cake but a launch site cake. Lawsuits are being prepared at this very moment. The agitated crowd came very close to fisticuffs over the controversy.

This cake took second, but should have been first in my opinion. Rumor has it that this cake was later found on the windshield of the librarian's car. I should know, because I started that rumor myself.

The rules stated that the cake needed to be 'ready to eat'. This rocket was disqualified because the primary ingredient in the frosting was Krylon.

This rocket cake wouldn't be ready to eat until you removed all the construction paper, which means it's no longer a rocket cake when it's ready to eat.

Waffle fins. The rest of the cake was recycled from the 'Nipple-Headed Snowman Cake' competition the month before.

This befuddled movie buff obviously confused October Sky with Star Wars and baked a cake in the likeness of R2D2. Not that there's anything wrong with that....

Upright rocket cake landing on the Planet of Giant Mushrooms. Check out the 'Flying Molar Cake' in the upper left.

Amphibious rocket cake complete with retractable duck feet.

This yellow and orange flaming cake comes equipped with a rectal thermometer.

This chef had a flair for impressing the judges and lit her cake on fire.

However the shape of the cake was vaguely pr0n0graphic and the repulsed judges refused to taste it.
You can see all the entries in the Bowling Green County Library Rocket Cake Contest[HERE!] if you're interested.

The Two-Dimensional Prison Cake

This rocket shaped birthday cake is for a guy named Werner. That's Werner peering through the porthole in the door, much like the spaceman in the football rocket cake above.

This image is slightly disquieting somehow, though. It reminds me of the opening scene in Superman II when General Zod is banished into a 2D prison prizm and hurled into space, along with his henchmen Ursa and Non.

Professional Rocket Cakes

This rocket-shaped cake is about as beautiful as they come. My actual rockets don't get a finish this smooth. This picture was sent to us by a visitor to our web site -- but I believe this photo was posted as an advertisement for bakers of specialty cakes.

My first clue? The gender-inclusive "Katie": I have two daughters, and as much as they like rockets they wouldn't have wanted to have it as a theme for their sixth birthday parties. Think 'Little Mermaid' or 'Mulan'.

Despite their efforts at being politically correct, the bakers still step in it. The inclusion of the cheese wedge in the upper-right corner is a clumsy insult to the lactose-intolerant.


It's my guess that four-year-old Sammy doesn't remember the old Thunderbirds sci-fi television series. If he does, it is certain that those creepy-looking marionettes would give him nightmares. They move like a bunch of jonesin' crackheads.

Chances are good that he doesn't remember the 2004 motion picture either, because no one bothered to see it.


Football-Shaped Rocket Cakes

An enterprising cake designer realized that a nifty bulbous rocket cake can be created using a footbal-shaped cake mold. However (we note smugly), they should be educated in the basics of rocket design, as the exaust plume does not eminate from the joint at the root of the fin. The rocket looks like it has flaming orange armpit hair.


This football rocket cake has more realistic flame placement, but it should be noted that it is a violation of NASA safety regulations to be seated outside the rocket while the engines are at full thrust.


You might guess this is a rocket cake, but you would guess wrong. It is a mitten cake memorializing the birthday when 9-year-old Patrick broke his thumb.


Tami Brown of Cambridge, UK sent us the following note:

I came across your site when I was looking for inspiration for a Rocket Cake design for my son's 3rd birthday. I have really enjoyed looking at the great images and reading the funny anecdotes.

Anyway, none of the cakes inspired me (!) so I designed my own and am frankly quite proud of it and wondered if you'd like to see it? I am not a professional cake maker, just a Mum with too much time on her hands and a desire to make a stunning cake!

Hope you like it!

Well, for a mum who is neither a pastry chef nor a rocketeer, this effort is extremely impressive. With the earned bonus points of making the cake vertical, we are completely deprived of finding anything about this cake to lampoon. Darnit.

I should add, however, that Tami has one artistic advantage that may have set her apart: she is a professional graphic designer. If you ever need to hire one, I suggest you contact her at


11/15/07 As it turns out, so many of you emailed Tami at her design business asking for instructions on how to bake her great rocket cake that she went bankrupt and was forced to sell her children. Well, not really -- but she did have enough traffic that she graciously created a set of instructions so you can download them for your very own and she can HAVE A MOMENT'S PEACE IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK????

I'm goofing again. Tami seems like an exceptionally nice lady and a very creative one at that. Here's what she said:

I keep getting people contacting me for instructions on how to make the rocket cake you have very kindly put on your site, so I have made a pdf of instructions and wondered if you would consider uploading it to your site? It would be helpful to a lot of people. It's so interesting that so many people find your site when typing into Google "rocket cakes"!!!!

I think what Tami really means is that it may be helpful to others but it will be exceptionally helpful to her so she can stop answering her email and actually have time to tend to her business and her family. For her downloadable .pdf documentation, click [HERE!] and then LEAVE HER THE HECK ALONE ALREADY!!!!
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

(Do me a favor -- if you find Tami's instructions helpful, visit her web site and drop her a note to let her know. I'm certain she would be thrilled).


So who would choose to have a rocket as their wedding cake?

Graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh's internationally recognized Department of Physics and Astronomy, that's who!

Aside from the whimsical cake, it appeared to be a pretty fancy event.

How to know the groom aspires to be a PhysAst PhD:
  • Flowing east-coast grad school tresses - check
  • Squinty plastic-framed eyeglasses - check
  • Pasty "too-many-hours-in-the-lab" pallor - check
  • Smug expression from knowing the cutie you just married is as far out of your league as the nearest solar system - check, and check.

The Happy Birthday Party Rocket Desserts of the Apocalypse

Joanna Finklestein informed us via email that this rocket design was not only found on a napkin, it was also reproduced in a candle. Being avid rocket fanatics, Joanna and Burl naturally threw a rocket-themed party when their son turned two. Burl has tried to convince his son on numerous occasions to fit the candle with a micromax motor, but it has survived nonetheless.

Our sharp-eyed visitors will already have noticed that the napkin image depicts a rocket with four fins, the candle rocket has three fins, and the mylar balloon has only two. It's enough to make a scale modeler insane.

It's also available as a mylar balloon!

Yes, it is fairly obvious that the photo to the right is not of a cake. This was the dessert brought by the Tom Lawell Family to the 2002 MASA Picnic. For the next few seconds, just pretend this page is a tribute to rocket-themed desserts.

Tom didn't specify if his Watermelon Rocket was a tribute to The Happy Birthday Party Napkin Rocket of the Apocalypse or if he actually had his own rocket party napkin to start from. Regardless of his inspiration, we salute his innovation!

For downloadable .pdf documentation on Tami Brown's delectable rocket cake on the left click [HERE!]
(Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Here is a recipe for a 2D rocket cake if you are feeling vertically challenged.

And here's an ice-cream rocket cake recipe

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The Alarming Popularity of Rockets on Cakes

Lest you think that we are the only ones with a strange interest in unnatural rocket-cake combinations, let us assure you that this isn't the case. While we never expected this page to be more than a lark, it has inadvertantly become one of the most popular pages on our site. It regularly breaks the top four, depending on... actually, we don't know what it may depend on, come to think of it. It is also one of the most common 'first pages' -- the page that people hit first when coming to our site. Sure, most of those are people searching Yahoo and Google for cake recipes, but none-the-less we believe that this amply demonstrates the vast unsatisfied demand for rocket cake information. (Many of these hits occur in the wee hours of the morning, leading us to wonder why people feel the need to pursue their rocket cake infatuations under the cover of darkness.)

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