My little boy just turned 6 years old, and I can’t believe it. Where has the time gone? It is really amazing how fast they grow up! Every year, I try to make their birthdays very special and involve them in all the preparations. He is a huge Star Wars’ fan, and his newest favorite character is Kylo Ren. Naturally, he wanted his favorite villain atop his cake. I sat with him and his sister and designed his cake. He wanted Kylo’s head and his light saber, and they decided on lots of stars and planets. They also wanted tie fighters, but I just didn’t have time, and I am not sure there would have been room on the cake. This cake was quite a challenge for me, and I have to say, I was excited when Kylo actually looked like Kylo. I loved seeing his expression when the cake was finished. He loved his cake 😀 His sister is already starting to design her cake, and I am a little scared to see what she will come up with..lol 😉 I hope you enjoy the cake and I have included some directions below.
I am also excited to bring this cake to Fiesta Friday #121!
The cake is a homemade yellow butter cake. I used a recipe from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook. I just adore her cake recipes. I doubled the recipe and made a few cupcakes with the leftover batter. The icing is also homemade, and it’s made with real butter. This type of buttercream is more difficult and temperamental to work with than the vegetable shortening variety, but I prefer it and am willing to live with a few icing cracks. I have included the icing recipe below.
When frosting a cake, frost the top first and then the sides. Place a large amount of icing on top of the cake (you can remove excess later), to prevent crumbs from mixing with your icing. After icing the top and sides, smooth out with a cake spatula and then place the cake under a stove fan and light for about 20 minutes to slightly harden the icing. Smooth the cake by using a smooth paper towel (Viva works well). Place the paper towel on a section at a time, and gently smooth with your hand. Repeat until the cake is where you want it. I also use the paper towel to smooth the edges, by placing the paper towel on the edge, and smoothing gently from the side to the top. At this point, the cake is ready to decorate. I use a disposable cake box to store the cake in until it is ready to put the decorations on and time to put on display.
I mixed the icing with dark blue and black icing colors. It took a lot of food color to get it where I wanted it. The decorations are made out of fondant and gum paste.
- The stars, planets, and letters are made of gum paste. I brushed them with color dust to achieve the colors (red and black for the letters and silver for the stars). I let them dry for a few hours to harden.
- The light saber is made of fondant, which I used red color dust on after I formed the light saber.
- Kylo Ren is made of fondant, but his hood is a mixture of gum paste and fondant (to give it sturdiness and flexibility). I used black icing color to color the fondant and fondant-gum paste mixture. I formed the shape of his head by hand, and then cut the eye mask out of white fondant (which I generously used silver color dust on), and then the mouth piece out of the black. I used a black food safe marker to make all of the markings on his mask. I used gum paste glue to adhere the pieces. I rolled out the black gum paste/fondant mixture thinly and cut what I needed for the hood.
- I wrapped the light saber and Kylo and his robe all separately in plastic wrap, until it was time to place on the cake.
- I used a gum paste glue to adhere the decorations to each other and the cake (made with water and gum paste). I placed all the decorations on the cake a few hours before the party, but got everything ready the night before, including icing the cake.
- 6 sticks unsalted butter (softened)
- 8 cups pure cane confectioners sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp real vanilla extract
Check out more birthday cakes 🙂
My son’s Jeep birthday cake from last year:
My daughter’s big cat birthday cake from last year: