This Death Star cake was so much fun to make that you just won’t know when to stop decorating! It is made from a dark chocolate mud cake and covered with a layer of delicious dark chocolate ganache underneath the sugarpaste. If you don’t have round cake pans, use two 8.5-inch or 9-inch metal kitchen bowls to bake the cakes.
- 2 half round dark chocolate cakes
- Thick ganache
- 750 grams sugarpaste in grey
- 350 grams sugarpaste in black
- 360 grams sugarpaste in dark grey
- Royal Icing
- Round cutter
- Plastic dowels or other cake supports
- Black color gel
- #1 tip and piping bag
- Cake board with center dowel inserted
- 9-inch cardboard cake boards
Place cakes on 9-inch round thin cake boards. Make sure that the bottom half of the cake has a flat bottom to sit on. Carve the concave portion of the Death Star by using a round cookie cutter to mark the position of the hole and pushing the cutter in a little bit to get started with the sculpting. Cover cakes with ganache.
Cover with grey sugarpaste. Insert 4 thin plastic dowels, as shown, and one thick one in the middle which will fit over the small wooden dowel which has been inserted into the base board by first drilling a hole in the middle of the board. These plastic dowels can easily be cut with scissors.
Do not assemble the cakes on the base board until all decoration is fully complete.
Roll out the dark grey sugarpaste as thin as you can, and cut out all the shapes that you think you will need. Glue them onto the cakes with edible glue. Use stills from the movies for reference.
Add black edible color to the royal icing until the correct shade of grey is achieved. Fill a pipping bag fitted with #1 tip, and pipe with the royal icing, making up your designs as you go. Use the pictures of the finished Death Star as inspiration.
Roll out the black sugarpaste, making a little hole in the center. Slip the hole over the dowel in the center and cover the cake board. Once it is the right shape, lift up the edges of the sugarpaste, and paint a little water underneath to help the sugarpaste stick to the board.
Add a little icing or edible glue around the wooden dowel. Slip the bottom half of the Death Star onto the dowel. To attach the top half of the Death Star, use a knife to spread on some icing between the halves to act as glue. Make sure the concave circle is facing forward and is centered.