Can you tell the difference between the real BB-8 from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the cake version?
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In a kitchen located in our own galaxy not so far away, Youtuber and baker Yolanda Gampp shows us how to turn the new droid BB-8 into a yummy cake.
After all, if BB-8 is going to be the breakout star of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” he might as well roll into over lives as a delicious cake. He’s already been a remote-control toy, a diamond-studded paperweight, a Halloween gourd, a life-size plushie, a serving platter, even a paper snowflake.
And we’re always ready for more Star Wars sweets, like Death Star macaroons, Admiral Ackbar cupcakes or even a Sarlacc pit cake.
This highly detailed BB-8 cake is made using chocolate cake, fondant and modeling chocolate. Building it wasn’t easy — it’s a sphere and a half, after all. Gampp ended up using 10 pounds of chocolate cake batter in total to fill all three of her baking pans. That’s a lot of cake!
Most of the design elements are made with black, gray and orange fondant; Gampp does an excellent job in her video of describing how to cut and shape the fondant for the detailing.
She explains that she used wooden dowels and royal icing as glue to secure the top half of the cake (BB-8’s dome) to the sphere body. It’s crucial to being able to balance the cake body parts so it sits upright as opposed to rolling off your kitchen counter.
While this cake might be on the complicated side for beginning bakers, Jedi Master-level chefs should be able to replicate both the cake and the fondant details without going to the dark side…we hope. The full recipe for the cake — as well as construction and decorating tips — can be found here on Gampp’s blog, How to Cake It.
If you like this BB-8 cake you should see Gampp’s other impressive creations. She’s well-known online for her incredible novelty cakes, which often look like movie props or works of art. She’s made cakes that looks exactly like a cheeseburger with fries, nachos, Thanksgiving roast turkey, a pizza, a human brain, and Minions.