Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Oh, For a Nice Simple Princess Cake

(Description of how to make Kati Peck’s gorgeous Darth Vader cupcakes can be found at the official Star Wars blog.)

We’ve known for months that Q-ster wanted a Star Wars-themed birthday party, and I thought that would make the cake easy. We ought to be able to trot to the local Safeway and buy a fancy, officially sanctioned, licensed-character cake, just like fans of Cinderella, Belle, Tinker Bell, and Thomas the Tank Engine do.

Unfortunately, there weren’t classic Star Wars designs available, only a leftover Yoda sketch that had “No toy” scrawled on it, and the swamp planet background minus Yoda didn’t look that appetizing. Besides, after all those episodes of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, the little dude is pretty certain that he wants us to make his cake.

So what shape of cake? Leighann sent me a link to a party description where the birthday boy’s clever mom made a long line of green-frosted cupcakes, forming a "lightsaber.” Excellent! We’ll do a lightsaber cake.

No, Q-ster doesn’t want a lightsaber cake. Did he want a battle scene? Figurines? Obi-wan? None of those. After much pondering, he’s decided he wants a Millenium Falcon cake.

If I bake using a round cake pan, frost it white, and convince SwingDaddy to help me pipe some lines and patterns, I think we can make this work. It’s not going to look as tricked out as the cake below (from Cakelava – so cool!), but I figure that the target audience is a group of four year olds, and they’ll still find it tasty.

I suppose it could be worse. He could want an X-wing fighter!

Photo courtesy of an excellent interview of Duff, the Ace of Cakes himself.


Mayberry said...

Those DV cupcakes are amazing! I just posted about Opie's birthday ideas over at my other blog today, by coincidence (or not really, knowing Q and O).

Desiree said...

Cool cupcakes and cakes! I am impressed you are willing to take that challenge on. I would have just ordered the yoda-less cake and bought some figures from the toy store to put on top - haha!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear that you can't just go the grocery store route, it really does simplify the theme cake. But I bet that Q-ster will have a great time baking his cake with you, and he might even like it more if he contributed.

Leighann said...

Did you see the Star Wars cake on Ace in the last few weeks? VERY detailed!

We're already planning for our guy's birthday. Cake pan has already arrived.

Could you do a plain-ish sheet cake and then decorate the top with figures and spacecraft?

A black cake with stars painted on it? (Though their teeth will look horrible! But that's fun for young kids.)

He'll love whatever you come up with!

Damselfly said...

Guess it just shows what a great imagination he has! Love the pictures of the cakes.

Christina said...

I love the Darth Vader cupcakes! And after reading this, I'm glad my girls don't care what their cake looks like as long as it tastes good. But I'm sure this will probably be the year where Cordy is picky about her cake.

Good luck with the MF - I'd be terrified to tackle a project like that!

The Scholastic Decoder said...

Wow, that's ambitious... I hope you're artisitc!

Mamacita Tina said...

Oh, my! Too bad he didn't go for the light saber idea, even I could do that one.