How to make a galaxy cake

For the launch of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Charlie Smissen made the most beautiful galaxy themed cake, with a cut-out Romy figure and a centre bursting with glitter and popping candy. Here’s how she did it:

  1. Make a chocolate cake batter (I recommend this recipe for a dense, moist Guinness Chocolate cake)


2. Mix sprinkles into the batter and bake as per instructions

3. Ice the cakes together with buttercream

4. Core the centre of both cake in a circle 3 cm wide and tightly pack the centre with glitter/sprinkles/popping candy


5. Ice both cakes in a crumb layer of buttercream




6. Roll out black fondant and lay over the cake, smoothing flat on the buttercream

7. Use edible paints in white, purple, pink and blue to swirl galaxy patterns over the black fondant


8.Make a starburst out of stiff silver card and mount on a stick for the top!



Ta da! Isn’t she clever?

Last week the lovely Sanne, from the incredible youtube channel booksandquills, did a little interview with me over on her instagram, so I thought I’d upload it here in case you missed it.

She also made a video about The Loneliest Girl on her channel here:

The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

cover - near finalCan you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away?

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication is via email and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone…

“Gripping psychological thriller with a very relatable heroine” ~ The Bookseller 

“Black Mirror-esque. A fantastic slow-build drama.” ~ SFX

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The Loneliest Girl In The Universe is the third novel by Lauren James. It is a psychological thriller set in space and will be published by Walker Books in the UK and Australia on 7th September 2017, and Harperteen in July 2018. You can add it on Goodreads or subscribe to my mailing list for updates.

You can read Chapter 1 here or listen to me read it here. This is the first video of me reading my writing aloud I’ve put online – so I’ve been a little nervous about it! I hope you like it.

Sign up to be notified when the US edition of The Loneliest Girl in the Universe is published and ARC copies are available for request.

If you leave a review of the book on a retail site like Amazon, Waterstones or Barnes & Noble, I will send you a signed, personalised bookplate. Fill out this form to claim your bookplate.

My tumblr posts about The Loneliest Girl In The Universe are all collected here. Here are some links to get you started:

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