Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Adventures in cake, Star Wars

In a galaxy far far away....

Okay, it was in my kitchen.

A few years ago I decided to surprise my husband with a cake for his birthday.  I was still pretty new to decorating and I was looking at it as a way to practice my skills.  He really likes Star Wars so I thought I would try my hand at a Death Star.






It looks great huh?  I'm kidding, I know that it needs a lot of work to be really nice, but I did make this entire cake from baking to decorating in an hour and a half.  The really important thing is my husband really appreciated the gesture.

Here is how I did it.  I started with the Wilton 3D ball pan and a chocolate cake mix (of course it would be chocolate, it is the dark side).  After baking, I let it cool as long as I could before starting to decorate.  I had to hurry because the hubby was going to be home from the "errand" I sent him on any minute.  I made a batch of butter cream icing and tinted it a very light gray with Wilton black gel color.  I spread it over the entire cake.  I really didn't worry with trying to get it super smooth.

I tinted the remaining icing with a bit more black to give me a darker gray.  I grabbed a #5 Wilton tip and made the circle with the center spokes and the two lines around the middle.  After that I used a picture of the Death Star to roughly draw out the darker shapes using a  #45 tip.  My intention was to smooth out the darker gray areas with my finger (dipped in powder sugar) so they looked like a solid shape, but I heard the garage door go up and I was finished whether I was ready or not.  He was very surprised when he walked in the door.  In some of these following shots you can see where I got to smooth a few of the lines out but they still were not how I wanted them to look.

Here it is with a few different angles.



I will have to try and make this one again.


Any questions please ask!


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30 comments:

  1. I think it turned out great! I've been looking at Death Stars too, for my son's birthday. He's going to be 7 in August and is a major Star Wars fan. Although... this weekend he decided that the Death Star has now been taken over by good guys and is now called the Life Star! I hope the Death Star looks the same... Janelle

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    1. Thanks Janelle! Hopefully you will have more time to work on yours.

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  2. I love that cake! I may have to try making it for my daughter's birthday. She wants the Lego Death Star in the worst way...The cake is more within my budget!!
    Jenny

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I would definitely say to give yourself more time than I had.

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  3. Looks good to me! My husband loves star wars too...never heard of a round cake pan. :-)

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    1. Thank you. I bought mine at Michael's. It isn't very big, only takes one cake mix.

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  4. My boyfriend would love this! Its really cute and far better looking than anything that comes out of my kitchen :)

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    1. Thanks! I think it all takes practice. I'm never satisfied with how my cakes turn out.

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  5. Just so you know, my cake is going to beat your cake.

    http://www.happyhourprojects.com/2012/04/yoda-cake.html

    I'm totally kidding, I just found it hilarious that I linked my Star Wars cake up next to another Star Wars cake. This looks fantastic, great work! I pinned it to my Star Wars Board. :)

    Adrianne
    Happy Hour Projects

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    1. I'm going to have to see Yoda. I believe yours will win. I had not time to really work on that Death Star, it looks pretty sad.

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  6. My hubby would love this! Very crafty! Found you through Friday's blog hop!

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    1. Thank you! If you make one let me know so I can see pictures.

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  7. You cake turned up beautiful!
    Very unique and very creative

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    1. Thank you! I think you are being generous with beautiful though.

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  8. That turned out great! My husband would like it too much to eat it lol!

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  9. That cake is awesome!!!!!! My son would flip if I him something like that!

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  10. I love this! My husband's birthday is coming up, and I think he would appreciate it! :) I am amazed at your decorating skills - I don't think mine would look half as good as that!

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  11. This is so cool! My nephews are really into Star Wars right now, and they would love this. Maybe I will attempt it for a birthday this year. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks and good luck! Take a lot of pictures.

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  12. Awesome! My son would go crazy over this cake!!!

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    1. Thanks! If you make it be sure to share pictures.

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  13. I think it turned out great. I'm sure your husband loved it. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

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  14. Hi
    Have come across your Jessie cake and am SO impressed - looks fantastic. I'm ATTEMPTING one next weekend. Just did a mini cake to practice getting the icing white (added a tiny bit of violet colouring) and tried to pipe the rope for jessie. Is this just practice as mine looked very average lol !! Maybe i used the wrong tip. Congratulations this cake looks amazing !
    Cheers,
    Jen

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