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.
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