After consulting with his mom, I decided to go with a Star Wars theme for my godson’s First Communion cake.
But before we get to that, you should know that inside the cake I was going for something Strawberry Shortcake style, but that would hold up to a long drive and warm weather.
So I opted for Martha Stewart’s White Butter Cake with vanilla buttercream and strawberry preserves between the layers. It was delicious, but next time I make the cake I will definitely add some kind of simple syrup to help moisten it a little bit more.
I scouted for quite awhile to figure out what to use to make the cutouts and which characters to include. Initially I thought of making a whole R2D2 cake like this one, but I don’t think my sculpting skills are quite there.
Then I stumbled on these great pancake molds and these great molds from Williams-Sonoma and I knew what I was going to do. (Thanks again to my brother-in-law for picking them up at the Toronto store for me!)
So you can see below how everything started. I used the molds to cut the shapes from the coloured fondant, trimming with a small paring knife, then I just used water to glue them to the sides of the cake.
Figuring out the placement was probably the toughest part, but I think it worked out in the end. I put a Millenium Falcon cutout on top and edible marker for the writing.
I then used candy-coated chocolate rocks to trim it, hoping to mimic the rocky desert landscape on Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine.
The finishing touch was a couple of mini lightsabers (actually Nintendo DS styluses).
And all that mattered, was that my favourite little guy loved it!