Now, the fun part – painting! First, set up a work station. I like to work on a large cutting board for easier clean-up later. Set out your brushes, the small 1-inch cookie cutter, and 2 small and 1 slightly larger bowl.
In the large bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and vodka, using only one tablespoon vodka at a time until you reach a thick but smooth consistently. Transfer a third of the sugar glaze to one of the other two bowls, and stir in 1 drop of black gel food coloring until the icing is dark grey or black. Thin out the paste with another ¼ teaspoon vodka.
Working with one layer cake at a time, paint on the full moons as pictured. First, create a guide line by gently pressing the small cookie cutter into the top of each cake, leaving a circular imprint that is just barely there. Fill in this inner circle by painting on the white sugar glaze with the medium brush.
To add shadows of craters, dip your tiniest brush into the thinned black icing and gently place drops of dye into the white moon. It should spill out slightly, with an effect similar to water colors.
Once you have a few craters, sprinkle just the moon with plain powdered sugar and a dusting of silver shimmer dust, if using. Lightly press the powdered aspects so that it adheres and flattens against the white sugar glaze. You can remove any stray powder from the dark area surrounding the cakes, or add a light dusting to simulate a starry night.
Set aside, being careful to let each dry thoroughly before transferring to a container. Cakes will keep 2-3 days in the fridge, or can be frozen in a single layer for up to 2 months.