Crescent Moon Cake

filed under: Chocolate Cakes on June 5, 2017

Using a simple technique for cake decorating can create a beautiful design! Some yellow and blue frosting and a few decorating tips are all you need to create this Crescent Moon Cake!

Overhead image of a cake decorated to look like a crescent moon!

How to Make a Moon Cake

To make this cake you will need:

chocolate cake recipe

double batch buttercream

food color – McCormick® blue, black, yellow

piping tips (see my tips here)

disposable pastry bags

bench scraper

small offset spatula

white non-perils

fondant smoother

Shades of yellow buttercream ready to be piped on a cake!

Begin by baking your chocolate cake in two 8-inch round cake pans. Cool and level if needed.

Now prepare buttercream. I prepared two batches. The first batch was tinted various shades of yellow using McCormick® yellow food color. I simply divided my buttercream between 4 bowls and added 1 drop of yellow to the first bowl, the 4 drops to the next bowl, then 6-8 drops to the next bowl, and about 15 drops to the last bowl. You can also reserve some of the buttercream and leave white.

I used 8B, #864, #32, #18, and #16 tip. I tried to use the largest tips (8B and #864) with the largest colors.

Shades of blue frosting in pastry bags.

The next batch of buttercream was tinted 4 shades of blue.

I did this similar to the yellow buttercream in that I just kept adding more blue food color to achieve a deeper shade. For the darkest 2 blues, I added a little black food color to achieve a deeper shade of blue.

To assemble cake:

Place one layer of chocolate cake on cake stand. (My cake stand was sitting directly on top of my rotating cake stand)

Pipe out a layer of the lightest blue buttercream and smooth out. Add next layer of chocolate cake on top.

Cut off the tip of the darkest blue frosting bag and then pipe around the bottom of the cake going about 1/2 way up the side. Repeat this with the next blue, going around the side of the cake and once around the upper edge of the cake.

Use the 2nd lightest blue around the top of the cake.

Now take your bench scraper and smooth out the sides, allowing the colors to blend together. I used my small offset spatula for the top of the cake.

A cake covered in blue buttercream ready to be piped on with yellow buttercream!

Once the frosting has been smoothed out, you can start piping!

I used the darkest yellows with the biggest piping tips. I tried to be sparing with those dark c0lors and then fill in with the lighter shades of yellow. I used the tiniest tips (#16) for the points of the crescent moon.

Here is a video on how I put that together:

Once you are done piping the crescent moon you can add the “stars”. For this, I simply pressed small white non-perils into the sides of the cake as well as sprinkled over the top. On the top of the cake, I tried to only place a few next to the moon itself and then add more along the edge of the cake. I used my fingers to press the non-perils in and then used the fondant smoother to press them into the cake as well as smooth out the sides.

The side view of a dark blue galaxy cake with a moon piped on top!

You can leave off the non-perils or even pipe on little stars if you prefer.

This Crescent Moon Cake comes together very quickly and easily. And my kids were beyond delighted when they saw it! <3

Overhead image of a cake decorated to look like a crescent moon!



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  • Hafsa says:

    I really didn’t think it was possible to love you more, but after seeing this beauty…. you are simply amazing! May God Grant you more…in terms of health, wealth, prosperity and peace!!
    Thank you for adding beauty to our lives!

  • Sandra says:

    It’s a precious cake. Thanks for sharing. I’ll do it .

  • Patty Legnon says:

    I really want to try this cake for our next church gathering in July. Can you get the black and blues at Michael’s and are they a gel or a powder? Not too familiar with any of this yet, but eager to learn.

    • Jess says:

      I would suggest going with Americolor or Sugarflair. Wilton shades don’t tend to be too intense, unless you want your icing to taste like dye (because you need so much)

  • Leah says:

    So pretty as always. My mom loves looking at the moon and her birthday is this month. Maybe I will give this a try. Thank you and love it!

  • Fatty says:

    Precioso!!!! Es una obra de arte.

  • 2pots2cook says:

    So beautiful …

  • Emily Lippert says:

    I love this concept and am making this for my husband for Fathers Day! Weird question…what tip do you use for applying the buttercream to the sides of your cake before smoothing? I’ve always been a slap-it-on-the-sides-with-an-angled-spatula kinda gal, but that obviously won’t work here. Thanks! Love all your videos! You crack me up!

    • Emily Lippert says:

      Just watched the video again and realized you didn’t use tips for the blue. Thx!

  • Katherine says:

    This is so fun! Love it!

  • THOMAS STAUNTON iii says:

    Just want to say, there shouldn’t be stars in this case. The cake is the moon. Okay. Well just because the moon is dark, doesn’t mean you can see through it and see the stars behind it.

  • Donna mundy says:

    Love your recipes

  • Domonique says:

    How can I order

  • Channel Rochelle Hudson says:

    Fun & easy to make

  • Charlene says:

    I made this for my kid’s birthday party and it turned out beautifully. Thank you for this recipe (and for the video – very helpful)!