I am a cake obsessive, based in West Sussex, UK.

I started off making cakes for family and friends before giving up a proper career in favour of playing with sugar full time. Having worked for two bakeries making their wedding and celebration cakes, I am now looking toward world domination with breaks for coffee and chat.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Star Wars cake - Christmas 2014

Star Wars cake for a lovely young lady who loves R2D2.  Erin's birthday is actually Christmas Day so she tends to miss out a little on her birthday celebrations.  

The cake itself is a three layer chocolate and vanilla with marbled chocolate and vanilla buttercream.  I cut the front off to create a slope, smoothed the buttercream, covered it in fondant and placed it on a covered board.

I marbled the fondant using black, white and grey to give it a sort of "space" feel.  I then airbrushed it with black, blue, purple and silver to even the tones, but add texture.

Meanwhile, I had been making an R2D2 to go on top.  I made his body with a core of polystyrene to cut down the weight and used wooden skewers to support his legs. 

I painted his panels with blossom tints and lusters mixed with melted cocoa-butter, which gives a much better (and less streaky) finish as it doesn't melt the surface like a alcohol mix. 

I also used cocoa butter paint to put stars and writing on the cake.  I learned with the shark cake last month that white paint that it water / alcohol soluble picks up the colour of the icing underneath, but a cocoa butter mix stays white!  I tried very hard to keep the text with straight lines on each side, but even though I changed my planned wording it proved very hard to keep it exact.  This is really bugging me now... 

The Star Wars lettering I cut out of fondant, then I airbrushed it a little with grey and silver.

So, Star Wars cake done, lessons learned, child happy...

...and safe to say I will never again be making a cake around Christmas...that's just crazy!

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