(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.