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My son is a Star Wars fanatic and in the past I’ve bought Star Wars birthday cakes from grocery stores. After finding this website and seeing how cool the cakes looked I decided to try and make a Clone Trooper cake for him myself. I followed the tips of the previous posters particularly Jane D. and found a clone trooper mask that my son liked on the internet. I made three copies of the mask-one to use as the template for the shape of the cake one to use for the cutouts to make it 3- dimensional and one to use as templates for the colored fondant.
I used a boxed chocolate cake mix and a can of store bought white icing since I knew I would spend a lot of time decorating the cake. I made a 9″ round and an 8″ round from the mix the night before so it would be completely cool before I decorated it the next day. I had some cake left over so it ended up being plenty. I started by cutting the shape out of the 9″ cake with a serrated knife using the mask as my guide (I laid it on top of the cake). Then I frosted it with a crumb coat of white frosting. I used the cutout pieces from my second copy of the mask to cut the shapes out of the 8″ round. I cut them in half horizontally since they were a little thick then placed them on the cake using the mask as my guide and covered them with a crumb coat of frosting. Then I went back over the entire cake with a thicker layer of frosting trying to make it as smooth as possible. I let the frosting dry for about 30 minutes before putting on the fondant.
I was nervous about using fondant since I had never worked with it before so I did some research on the Internet first. It turned out to be easier than I thought. I bought a box of Wilton’s white fondant from Michael’s. One box was plenty. I also bought blue and black gel food coloring to tint the fondant. I found in my research that you don’t want to use liquid food coloring in fondant-it will dissolve the sugar. It was also suggested that you wear disposable gloves when working with the food coloring unless you want your hands colored. I second that-it was definitely messy. I rolled out the fondant using a regular rolling pin and some powdered sugar to help keep it from sticking. I was careful not to roll it too thin. When it came time to put it on the cake I got my husband to help lift it and we were able to get it on the cake without tearing it. Then I smoothed it over the cake gently pressing it into the 3-D areas with my fingers and I trimmed off the excess around the cake with a small knife.
I then added some blue gel coloring to the fondant with a toothpick kneading it and adding more gel as needed until I got the color I wanted. Then I rolled it out and used the template from the third copy to cut out the blue shape. I used a little water-not much-on my finger to dampen the back of it to help it adhere to the fondant and gently pressed it on. I did the same thing with the black food coloring and made the gray decorative cutouts, first again using the paper templates to cut out the shapes then added more food coloring to make the black. I used a toothpick dipped in the black gel to draw the black lines on the mouthpiece and below. Since I had some colored fondant left over I cut letters out of it to make my son’s name and placed them around the top of the cake.
The finishing touch was a Darth Vader candle purchased at Toys R Us. My son loved the cake and his friends thought it was cool. It was definitely worth the time and effort to make a unique and memorable cake and can recommend to you to make Star War birthday cakes. The kids loved it except they didn’t like the taste or texture of the fondant but it could be peeled off so they could still enjoy the cake.
Good luck with your own Star Wars birthday cakes!
My husband loves Star Wars and has lots of the figurines. This was my first attempt at making star wars birthday cakes so I did my research. I found this amazing clone trooper cake on this site by Jane D so I basically followed her steps but made a storm trooper instead of clone trooper.
Firstly I baked a basic large round butter cake and a smaller loaf. While that was baking I made buttercream icing: (you may have to convert measurements) 1/2 cup cremelta,1/2 cup butter, 1 tsp clear vanilla essence, 4 cups sifted icing sugar (approx 500g), 2 Tbsp milk. Cream butter and cremelta together until whipped and smooth. Add vanilla then gradually add the icing sugar one cup at a time beating well on a medium speed. Scrape bottom and sides of bowel often (icing will be quite dry at this point). Add milk and beat until light and fluffy. Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use or refrigerate in and airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Re-whip before using.
Next I found a face mask template of a storm trooper from this site… I printed two full A4 size masks and cut one out around outline and another into parts. Once the cake cooled I used first mask as stencil and cut around cake with smooth sharp knife. I then coated that layer in my buttercream icing heating up knife to spread. I then used the loaf sized cake to cut out pieces from other mask to use to build up cake. I covered this with the icing too. I then rolled out white fondant icing and lay and smoothed it over entire cake cutting around excess from base. To decorate I used black liquorices and black colored fondant which I kept in place with icing and dry spaghetti poked through.
I am really pleased how it turned out and can’t wait to surprise my husband on his birthday. Have a go at making star wars birthday cakes, it is so rewarding.
This particular Star Wars birthday cakes was made from two 10″ rounds (3″ high), and a half ball pan. Due to the weight of all of the cakes, filling, and fondant, I set them up using a tiered cake construction (putting dowels beneath the stacked cakes) on foam core board. From there, I sculpted the main helmet “design” free-hand from a picture of a Storm Trooper.
Once you have the basic design for the Star Wars birthday cakes, the detail will add depth. I chose to use fondant on the outside because it gave the cake a realistic, smooth finish; opposed to using butter cream (If you decide to go with butter cream or a whipped topping, be sure to use a CRUMB-COAT on the cake prior to applying the final cover of frosting!)
After the fondant was placed on the cake, I simply made even markings for the “eyes” with toothpicks and dental floss and then piped all of the helmet detail with black piping gel (I find it easier to color piping gel with black because of the amount used and the fact that you will get a “true” black color instead of dark gray.)
Thanks for all the great Star Wars birthday cakes on this site!
My son and I went back and forth about what kind of cake he wanted for his Star Wars 6th birthday party. We finally settled on a clone trooper. First, I found a good graphic online of a clone trooper mask and printed 2 copies in the size that I wanted for the finished cake.
I made one 12-inch round cake (and a bunch of regular and mini-sized cupcakes, in case I needed them for scraps to build out the shape, but I didn’t need them). I cut out the printed picture of the mask to use as a stencil, placed it on top of the 12-inch cake round, and used a small serrated tomato knife to cut around the outside of it (so the cake was now the shape of the mask silhouette).
I used my cake leveler to cut the cake into 2 layers, and gently brushed off any extra crumbs with my hands. I filled and frosted the layers with buttercream frosting. I used the 2nd copy of the printout to cut out shapes that I would need to add dimension and detail to the cake. I used these as stencils to cut out shapes from the cake scraps. I used scraps with curves that would accentuate the 3 dimensional-quality of the mask (see photos).
Once cut, I arranged the shapes on top of the frosted cake. I then frosted the new additions with a crumb-coat (light layer) of buttercream, and then added a heavier layer of buttercream to the whole cake. I rolled white fondant out to a very large shape (enough to cover the whole cake top and sides, with plenty to spare) and draped the fondant over the top of the cake, pressing and smoothing it over the shaped cake and then trimming the excess off at the bottom.
Again using cut out shapes from the second printout as stencils, I cut shapes from homemade chocolate fondant (made with extra dark cocoa powder) to add black details to mask. I kneaded some silver dust into white fondant to make the mouthpiece and used white fondant ropes to add the raised ridge detail to the mask “crest” (a very small amount of water brushed onto the undersides of the fondant pieces help them adhere to the fondant-covered cake).
I hope you have fun making your own Star Wars birthday cakes!