Star Wars Birthday Cake

Star Wars Birthday Cake

 I got to say that I never thought I’d write four posts on the topic, but I learned a lot over the course of planning this birthday party, and for those of you in my shoes with a child who really loves Star Wars, I hope I can make it easier for you!

If you haven’t, check out parts

1
2
3
for other great Star Wars Party ideas!

Conquering Fondant – A Star Wars Birthday Cake

I had never used fondant before, and I was really nervous to try, but I just hadn’t found pictures/ideas of any cakes that I thought I could/would want to replicate with frosting.  I decided to give it a go, and I’m so glad I did!  My daughter was super happy with the cake, and so was I.

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Along the way, I found some helpful tools in making this cake SO much easier.  First, I looked around on Amazon.com quite a bit to find the right fondant.  Never having worked with it before, I decided I’d better do a little research.  I know fondant is notorious for being difficult to use, drying out quickly, and usually tastes pretty yucky, so I was super excited to find this Fondarific fondant.  I thought it tasted pretty good, and my daughter wanted to eat it by itself!It was super soft and easy to work with.  I colored it myself with some food coloring and kneading.  I wish I would have had a rolling pad and rolling pin for fondant, but I didn’t – just worked with my good old kitchen island, flour, and an old skool rolling pin.  The rolling pin was a little frustrating because eventually the fondant was larger than my rolling pin size, which meant that the fondant started to show the edges of my pin.  Next time, I’ll be buying this baby to make my cake making much easier.

I did use a smoother, which really helped.

This size of fondant covered two 9 in rounds on top of each other plus some extra.  I had wanted to do a tiered cake, but I didn’t know ahead of time that I should have bought two containers of fondant.  Oh well….

One thing I did notice, however, is that this Fondarific fondant did not work as well for the cut outs.  It got too soft when I worked with it.  Great for rolling over a cake-not so great for cutouts.  Although, I’m sure if I put it in the fridge for awhile, that probably would have helped.

After finding out I was low on fondant, purchased some Wilton fondant, and the Wilton worked GREAT for cutouts.  It is much stiffer, tastes much more blah, and I would not have liked having to color and roll it out for a whole cake.  But, it served it’s purpose for the cutouts and cake decorations very well!

Decorating the Cake

As for the cake decorations, I found these two sets of cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma, which were fantastic! I colored my Wilton fondant, rolled it into small balls, and pressed down on the cookie cutters.  (Add a little flour to the cutters-it makes it really easy to remove the fondant).  I was really happy with the way they turned out!

As for the stars, I used nesting stars like these and layered them for a cool effect.

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I had a clothes steamer, and I had seen Buddy from the Cake Boss steam his fondant cakes, so I thought I’d try too. LOL.  Well, it worked really well in adding a shine to the cake and removing any left over bits of flour.  Make sure you don’t get the steamer too close to the cake, though…you don’t want it melting!

I hoped this post helped you and will save you some time in your cake making adventure!  Good luck!

*By the way, in the interest of full disclosure, I get a small percentage from Amazon if you order any of these products by clicking on one of my item pictures and then purchasing them on Amazon.  I wouldn’t recommend a product that I don’t have or wouldn’t use myself, and hopefully it makes your cake making process a little easier too to have the links all in one place!  Thanks!*


 

 

 

 


Easy Jedi Robes for Kids

Super Easy Jedi Robes for Kids

I’m sorry it’s been such a LONG time since I last posted!  Things got crazy busy between our trips to Rome and Norway and then my daughter starting school, work, and family illnesses.  But I did want to finish my Star Wars series because the party was a smash, and the kiddos had a lot of fun.

At the end of the last post, I was going to explain how to make Jedi Robes for the little ones. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I kept it simple.

First, take a piece of fabric and fold it in half (for some reason my daughter thought she should be white).  I don’t really have specific measurements on the fabric, I just approximated out how tall the kiddos were from shoulders to knees and then doubled it because you need a front and back. You could make the robes longer, but I didn’t want them tripping while playing games.

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Next, it’s easiest if you use one of your kiddos as a model and trace/cut around the lower parts of the arm and the body in the approximate shape of a robe.  MAKE SURE the folded part is at the top by the head!!  Also, trace first if you have a kid who’s a mover – we don’t want anyone to get cut.  DO NOT cut a hole for the head yet! It should look like this.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!

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After you’ve cut out the robe, you need to cut a hole for the head.  Obviously, if you didn’t trace first and just cut out the pattern with your child laying down, you need to make sure they get up for this part. I didn’t think to take a photo of the fabric cut out, so I just added a V-neck in photoshop to show where I cut on top of the image of my daughter.  In my experience, it is better to cut the “V” a little small and make it larger if you need to later.

Star Wars Jedi Costume

I quickly sewed the arms like this.  I left the body open because I was making multiple robes and wanted to save on time.

Sew Star Wars Jedi Costume

Next, cut a strip of fabric out to be a belt and THAT’S IT!  I told you it was simple!  As you can see from this pic, my daughter didn’t want the “V” neck, so I just made a circle cut for her.

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It is seriously simple and I hope you have an AWESOME Star Wars themed party!

If you missed parts ONE and TWO of the series, click on the links! Please feel free to Pin or share this page with your friends!


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