How to Make a Death Star Cake

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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.

Supplies

  • 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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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22 Responses to “How to Make a Death Star Cake”

  1. Looks great – how to you stop the bottom part of the circle from collapsing and trying to self destruct? Roads in England are full of bumps and I’m worried it would rip apart when I try to transport one. Thanks

  2. Badgerise maybe if you transport the cake in two hal s and assemble when you get to the place it should all stay in one piece then. Pot holes are the best for trying to ruin any cakes :D Good luck

  3. Fabulous Fabulous!!! I LOVE THIS! and I agree about the transportation. I would definitely opt to assemble this after transportation. Imagine all that great work being wrecked on the way! Nothing is worth the risk!

  4. That is awesome! I just figured out what to do for my son’s third birthday. Everyone will love it!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea. Did you fill the cake at all? I wonder if it would still work okay if I put a layer of filling in each cake. Maybe just ganache.

  5. Both halves of the cake were made from mud cake and firm ganache so the cakes themselves were very sturdy. Each cake was stuck to a thinboard with a thin layer of ganache and the two halves were stuck together with PVA wood glue so the whole thing was really strong and stable. I use ganache with a high ratio of chocolate to cream as the weather here on the Gold Coast,Australia is very hot at the moment. This way the ganache does not go soft in the heat and also makes a really solid cake even before covering with sugar-paste. I did not fill the cake with ganache but if I had I would have used a higher ratio of cream in order to make the filling softer than the outer coating. Hope this helps!
    Bernice (Smurfesque)

    • I would just like to verify the baking temperature with you as 300F degrees is a bit low for a cake. I ocassionally bake some at a lower temperature due to allowing the inner part of the cake to bake while not overdoing the outside of the cake. However, most of the time that’s done at 325F which would be 163C. Normal baking temperature in the states is 350F which is about 177C temperature. I’m not saying 300 is not ever required, it’s just a bit unusual. Did you bake your cakes at 150C? About how long did it take with cakes this size? thanks

  6. Really love this cake and hi, from another Australian!
    Having trouble accessing your blogspot;can you help?
    Also, do you have any more photos of this death star cake while under construction?
    Always find the partially completed photos very helpful.
    Am going to have a try at this cake and am collecting my resources.
    A brilliant job;well done!

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