6/29/09

The Star Wars Cake

Photobucket Shark Boy wanted a Star Wars cake for his birthday which, of course, because even my 2 year old walks around with toy light sabers and popsicles and brooms yelling, "SAAABER!!!" at the top of his lungs and swiping at things, Obi-Wan style. So, a long time ago (last Thursday) in this here very galaxy, I went to the grocery store to order a Star Wars cake. I flipped through the kiddie cake book so I could see what it looked like (please not all black and red icing!) and Star Wars wasn't in there. I asked the bakery lady and she confirmed - no Star Wars. What planet were these people from anyway? Apparently all grocery store bakeries are from the same anti-George Lucas planet because I went to three grocery stores and no cake. I called two more and still, no Star Wars cake. I had not factored custom cake baking into my weekend party prep. But I called the craft store, which offered cake decorating classes, to see what kind of Star Wars cake kits they had. None. So, since I was completely on my own, I needed an idea and I did what you do when you need an idea - I Googled Star Wars cake. The cakes people have made are unbelievable!! And worthless to me since I don't have 3 weeks and 57 tries to perfect a 3D cake model of R2D2. Then it hit me. I'm surrounded by Star Wars toys. I can't go to the bathroom without stepping on a Clone. I made a Jello cake (White cake with cherry jello and it was devoured! If you've never tried a jello cake you really should.) and I told Shark Boy he could decorate it with toys. He ran off to pick out some action figures and a fighter jet while I went to get the icing. I got distracted by something and when I got back to the dining room he'd already plunged his Clones into the cake and I had to ice around them. It's a cake that could blow your head off, dude.

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The finished cake.

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The recipe: Mix and bake cake according to package directions. Cool. Using a fork, poke holes all over the cake. I do rows and push the fork in all the way. You want lots of holes. Boil one cup of water, add a 3-oz. package of jello, your flavor of choice, and stir until dissolved. Pour jello over the cake, covering the whole surface of the cake. Refrigerate the cake for 4 hours, ice with Cool Whip, and serve! (Clones optional.) (I poked holes and poured the jello onto this cake after turning it onto a platter because I didn't want to serve it in the cake pan. I slid strips of tin foil under the edges of the cake to catch any jello drips and then pulled them out before icing it.) Like recipes? Visit Rachel in The Land of Monkeys and Princesses for more Mouthwatering Monday!


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16 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

Another great memory!

As for googling cakes...I made a Colts cake last fall (as in Indianapolis Colts), and I put it on my blog because it was hideous! Your little guy has more cake decorating talent than I, but still I get all sorts of hits on my Colts cake.

Look out, you've added proof of his culinary skills to the worldwide web!

Michelle Smiles said...

How funny that one of my recipes today was jello cake! Ha!

But great improvising and I'm sure he was just as happy with that as one professionally done.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

You rock! I always stress about custom cake themes but when it comes right down to it all our kids want is a good birthday cake with a few of their favorite character figures on it.

And seriously...one would think that Star Wars would be a really popular cake choice...what is WRONG with these people???!!!!

Amo said...

Gorgeous cake!

I tackled a duck for the second year in a row for Deuce...I didn't post pictures. (For a reason.)

Amy said...

Ellie - I want to see your cake wreck!

Michelle - That's just crazy. We've posted chili or something on the same day before too!

Jamie - I was stunned at not being able to order a Star Wars cake. And the party supply places in Nashville had next to nothing in Star Wars too!

Pop and Ice said...

Homemade cakes are better anyway! And since Shark Boy got to help, all the better! I've never heard of a jello cake. Did you happen to take a picture of any of the individual pieces? If so, I'd be interested in seeing them.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

Check your email...

Eek!

Jill said...

How clever are you?!? So cute! And what a great idea! I

mo.stoneskin said...

Fabulous. Although I have to say that as I read the post I was secretly hoping that you made a death star or battlecruiser!

Life As I Know It said...

That came out great! We are all about Star Wars over here too ;)

Pamela Kramer said...

Nicely done! My son would love it.

wheelsonthebus said...

that is pure genius

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

What a great cake! I think we often tend to over-do things as parents when it comes to birthday parties. All kids really want is some cake, maybe a little ice cream and a reason to play with their friends. (I was nearly shunned by the parents of my pre-school son's friends this past year because his party didn't have a "theme". I said the theme was "We're going to Chuck E Cheese" and the Mom didn't seem to think that was very funny. Snob.)

I'm sure your cake tasted WAAAY better than black and red icing would have anyway!

Heather, Queen of Shake Shake said...

The yummy!

One year I had to make a Star Wars cake. With a volcano. And lava. And Obi Wan and Anakin having their Mustafar battle. It was fun, if fun combing icing out of your hair.

Anonymous said...

September 2009 and still no Star Wars cakes in grocery stores!

cheryl said...

I know this post is over a year old but I still wanted to say thanks!
I'm fretting over making a Boba Fett cake (never look at the Wilton's site with young ones around---you'll miss that a pan has been discontinued)but I'm betting I can just decorate a plainly iced cake with some toys & be done with it. &if they a new to him then they can be a gift too.
THANKS!

& LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the blog name!

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