So in May, it was Ginger’s birthday and that only means one thing – Star Wars!
I knew I wanted to make Ginger a cake because he had mentioned that he had never had a cake made for him before. I’m not the best baker in the world but I will say that I am okay. However, I will admit that I am pretty impressed with myself and very proud of what I achieved and the outcome.
I found the design of the cake that I wanted to attempt and saved down all of the images of the cake I could find. This design was created by ‘Star Cakes‘ and looks absolutely amazing. I knew mine would not look like ‘Star Cakes‘ cake but I knew I had to try, especially due to being on a budget. I bought everything I needed (which I shall list as needed) and got ready to make the cake, allowing all day for the masterpiece.
The sponge recipe I decided to go with is Mary Berry’s classic Victoria Sponge. I chose this recipe because let’s be honest it’s Mary Berry and who could bake a better cake than Mary Berry? That’s right, no-one. So here we go…
Mary Berry Victoria Sponge Recipe
also found here.
- 4 free-range eggs
- 225g/8oz caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting the finished cake
- 225g/8oz self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 225g/8oz butter at room temperature, plus a little extra to grease the tins
- Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4 and grease two cake tins. I used two 8 inch circle tins.
- Put all of the ingredients into a large glass bowl and mix together. You can use either a wooden spoon or an electric mixer, however, the mixer will be quicker. The finished mixture should fall from a spoon easily.
- Pop the mixture into the 2 tins. Try and get the mixture divided even and use a spoon to smooth tops.
- Bake the cakes in the middle of the preheated oven for 25 minutes. When ready they will be golden and when pricked with a spatula, the spatula should have no mixture attached.
- Leave them for 5 minutes before running a knife around the inside of the tins and removing the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Do these instructions one more time so you have a total of 4 cakes.
- To fill I spread with raspberry jam and topped with buttercream on one cake and popped the other cake on the top to stick.
Star Wars Chocolate Decorations
The main component of the decoration of this cake is the chocolate decorations. I created the Millenium Falcon, R2D2, Death Star and fighter with chocolate moulds (also adding crushed M&M’s for a bit of extra excitement). I discovered these on eBay and honestly, they are the best things I have ever bought. They are such good value for money. They are intended for ice but work just as well with chocolate. You can find the moulds here. I would recommend buying some even if you aren’t making this cake as they can be used for so many different things and are perfect for Star Wars lovers. I then used some edible glitter to dust the decorations to look shiny and silver.
Darth Vader Decorations
I also bought a Darth Vader mould. However, I decided to try something a little different rather than using chocolate again. I filled each Darth Vader with 3 clear boiled mints from Morrisons (here are the ones) and microwaved it for 5 seconds at a time until they had melted. You need to leave these a good half hour before taking them from the mould but they look awesome!
White Chocolate Ganache Drip Frosting
I used this recipe here to make the frosting.
White Chocolate Star And Silver Ball Decorations
Buttercream (For Cake Covering)
For this, you just need to make a classic buttercream. You can find the instrctions for this on the back of a pack of icing sugar (basically it is a mix of butter and icing sugar) or you can click here. I chose to colour my buttercream to cause the contrast between buttercream and the drip frosting (as this is white). I used black food colouring to change the buttercream into a grey shade. My advice would be to buy a gel-based food colouring as this does not change the consistency of the buttercream, whereas if a water (liquid) based one is used then it will cause the buttercream to change consistency and become more runny which is what you do not want. Here is the food colouring that I used.
Assembling The Cake
- Once all 4 cakes have been layered with buttercream and jam, you are ready to assemble.
- Take the buttercream and slaver a thick layer all around the cake, including the top. Take something straight and strong (I actually used an old margarine tub lid which I cut down the middle to make a straight edge) and run it around the cake to smooth the sides and top. This does not need to be perfect.
- Take your white chocolate ganache and cover the top of the cake using a metal spoon. Using small amounts at a time, hold the spoon to the edge of the top of the cake and allow a drip to run down the cake. It does not matter how different the drips areas this adds to the look of the cake.
- Now it is time to decorate. Add your chocolate moulds, mint moulds, white stars and silver balls to the cake. Add these wherever you want on the cake. I tried to make it look a lot more like the original ‘Star Cakes’ cake but it’s entirely up to you.
- Try finishing the cake by adding a few Oreos to the cake. You may need to add cocktails sticks to keep these fixed on.
And voila! Star Wars cake is finished!
In terms of timekeeping, this cake took me 6 hours to complete from start to finish. It may take you a little shorter if you’re not as much of a perfectionist as me!
I was really impressed with how this cake turned out. I had been planning this cake for months and was so happy to finally get it made and finished. Ginger loved the cake and it’s safe to say that it didn’t last long. Give it a try and see what you can make. It’s fun.
Please note: All images are my own. All recipes are not my own and have been credited and linked.