This R2D2 Star Wars Birthday Cake will ensure the force is always with you…
Even Darth Vader can’t resist this super cute Star Wars Birthday Cake.
R2D2 was always the cutest little bot in the star system, but now he’s good enough to eat!
Just be sure your light sabre is close by while you’re making this kids birthday cake. You’ll need it to fend off sneak attacks from the kids!
Although the finished Star Wars Cake looks impressive, you only need to know a few simple techniques.
And all you for a complete your Star Wars party are these great co-ordinating party supplies.
You’ll find links to some useful tutorials to help you complete your Star Wars Birthday Cake below:
what you’ll need:
With just some very simple ingredients and equipment, you’ll have a completed Star Wars Birthday Cake in no time:
- two complete 6″ round cakes (3 layers, filled) – these are classic moist chocolate
- one 6″ round bowl cake – this one is classic moist chocolate cake
- one 1/4 sheet (9″ x 13″) cake layer – this one is classic moist chocolate cake
- black and blue gel paste food colors
- buttercream frosting
- marshmallow fondant
- Black and red food color marker pens
- 2 x cardboard cake rounds
- cake plate or board
here’s how to do it…
You’ll be amazed how quickly this Star Wars Birthday Cake comes together.
1. Bake your cakes using your favorite recipe. Tort and fill the round cakes on a cardboard cake circle, then stack the bowl cake, flat face attached to another cardboard cake cirlce, on top. Glue these sections together with whatever filling you used for your cake. This one is Whipped Chocolate Ganache.
2. Cut a 4″ circle of Styrofoam and cover in aluminum foil. Attach this circle to the cake board with buttercream.
Stack the cake on top of the 4″ circle, making sure you have it centered. You don’t want this thing to tip!
Crumb coat the cake.
3. Draw a arched shape similar to the one above (about 8″ x 4″) and cut from construction paper. Use this as a template to cut two shapes from the 1/4 sheet cake.
4. Attach one of the arches to one side of R2D2’s body with buttercream. Crumb coat with buttercream. Repeat on the opposite side.
Refigerate crumb coated cake for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.
5. Tint about 1 cup of buttercream a light gray and frost the dome of the cake, ending the gray where R2D2’s arms begin. Frost the rest of the cake with a top coat of white buttercream and refrigerate until firm, about an hour.
6. Tint half the marshmallow fondant light blue and leave half white. Cut a piece of fondant to about the size of a small apple and roll it out to 1/8″ inch thick.
Use a straight edge and a pizza cutter to cut long strips of the fondant, about 1″ to 1 1/2″ wide. Repeat for both colors of fondant. You’ll be cutting the small geometric shapes from these strips as you need them. Leave a small apple sized piece of each color uncut to use for the details on R2D2’s head.
Keep any fondant you’re not working with covered with plasric wrap so it doesn’t drying out.
7. Start with the white strips on top of the shoulders. Place and cut to size, using the technique below.
Next, add the horizental blue strip accross the top of the robot’s front and the small blue rectangles in the bottom of the center front.
Add the white rectangles on either side of the small blue ones.
Cut a 2″ circle of blue fondant with a cookie cutter (or whatever yiou have) and place on top of the head.
To add the fondant details to your Star Wars Birthday Cake:
Working with one strip of fondant at a time, paint a section of the back of the strip with an artists brush dipped in clear alchohol (vodka, Gin etc.) and brushed almost dry on a paper towel. Place one end of the strip where you want it, e.g. on top of the ‘shoulder’ and gently pat it down into place. When you have the length you need, use kitchen scissors to cut to trim the fonfdant strip to size.
For pieces already cut to size before going on the cake, just paint the back and gently place where you need them.
8. Place a line of small blue rectangles around the base of the robot’s head, leaving a gap from the center front to the shoulder.
Cut the double ended arrow shapes to finish the front and place under the horizontal blue strip.
9. Cut a 6″ circle of fondant and trim to a pentagon. Cut a 2 1/2″ circle from the middle then cut the pentagon into five equal sections. Place the cut out sections around the circle on the top of the head.
10. Add three vertical strips in the center of the back of the robots body. Place one vertical strip either side of these that ends where the head joins the body and finish with a horizontal strip to fill in the space.
Add feet to the sides, front and back of the robot, using stacked strips of fondant cut to size.
Construct a cemara from one blue rectangle, one white circle and two smaller white circles of fondant. Place the larger circle on the blue rectangle, top with the two smaller circles and add a black circle for the lens, with a food color marker pen.
Add the camera just to the right of center, as shown above.
11. Add two blue rectangles to the center front of the head, one above the other as shown. Fill in the details with black and red food color marker pens, as shown. Consruct another camera, using the directions in step 10, leaving off the blue rectangle and place in the gap.
Your Star Wars Birthday Cake is done!
Don’t forget to take lots of pictures so you can come back here and show off your masterpiece.