For David’s birthday, I made him a Death Star cake. In case you didn’t know, I am huge nerd. I love Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, The X-Files…I also love to bake.
I baked a gluten free chocolate cake using a Betty Crocker mix in a glass Pampered Chef bowl.
It came out looking more like a UFO than a sphere. I think it would be really cute if you put a ring around it and made it a flying saucer! While it was cooling I made buttercream frosting. Once the frosting was on, it looked rounder. I’d asked David to pick up black food coloring, but our grocery store didn’t have any. David said to use the blue, red and green food coloring to make gray. I took a few years of art class in middle school, and I remember that red and green make brown as do blue and orange, so I was highly skeptical that it would work, but he was right.
I wiped down the plate with a wet paper towel and stuck the mouth of a clean water bottle (A circle shaped cookie cutter would work, too. My cookie cutters are in storage, and the water bottle was handy and the perfect size.) to the side of the cake.
I used a spoon to hollow out the circle.
I drew lines in the frosting with a knife, but using black gel food coloring might be a smoother looking option if you’ve got a steady hand.
David loved it!
There are lots of Death Star birthday cakes on the internet. This was not an original idea from me. You can do a google search and see some pretty fancy fondant cakes. I like what Life As a Mom did. She’s actually the first one I saw.