Most of my friends know that I’m a bit of a geek - so I figured I should be sure you all knew this too!
Once in a while I have an itch to make some geeky cupcakes! (I will share more later, never you worry!) I do not claim to be a professional decorator by any means, but it’s definitely a fun thing to do- and is a hit with the right people!
I apologize in advance for the poor photography. In the future, I will take better/more photos of projects in order to properly share them with you!
Star Wars Cupcakes!!!
I made these geeky star wars cupcakes for my friend’s birthday- they were a huge hit! While DEFINITELY not a professional decorator by any means, I enjoy the art and silliness that goes into these. I especially love the enjoyment my friends get from the geeky cupcakes- imperfections and all. I know I could make much prettier designs using fondant, but I just don’t like the taste as much as real frosting.
There are 5 designs in the star wars cupcake series:
- R2-D2- Light Blue background. White body with blue and black detail.
- Death Star- White background with black sprinkles. Black detail over top.
- Yoda- Background of white it is. Green, white and black detail you see, hmmm?
- Chewbacca- no background, just brown “fur” using the standard round piping tip. Black and White detail.
- Letters- The base layer is a swirl using the star tip. Lettering is done with the round tip. Any contrasting colors will do. I added green sprinkles to the word “force.”
There are 5 designs in the superhero cupcake series:
- Batman- Orange background with black detail. Mini cupcakes.
- Superman- Blue background. Red and yellow S via the star tip.
- Green Lantern- White background with green detail. Mini cupcakes.
- Captain America- Blue background. Detail in white and red using the round tip. Mini cupcakes.
- Spiderman- Red background. Black detail using the round tip and large white round sprinkle eyes.
This is the standard round piping tip I use for detail work and lettering when frosting.
A few notes and tips when trying these designs:
- I personally use gel to color my icing. It can be found in some grocery stores, but definitely easy to find in Michaels or other craft stores. Liquid food coloring will work as well, but it makes your frosting a bit more watery. If you need to use this option, you can always add a little powdered sugar to help stiffen it back up.
- PURCHASE BLACK GEL! I’ve tried making black (or grey) by mixing various colors together. It works, but it’s extremely annoying. Just purchase black. It’s worth it.
- If you need to make brown icing and don’t have brown gel, you can use coca powder. This will cause your frosting to have a chocolatey taste as well. You may add some milk (of any type) to make it more runny if needed, as the cocoa powder will make it dry.
- Once you fill your icing bag, stick it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Colder icing will create a stronger form (best used for writing letters, drawing Chewbacca’s fur, and doing detail work).
- When drawing Yoda’s head or R2-D2’s body, I kept my icing warm (and slightly runny), so that I could mush it around in order to draw the figure more cleanly.
As a final homage to awesome geeky cake decorating, I present you with these two cakes, made by/for friends of mine:
Yes, my friends- this is indeed a Tardis wedding cake topper! Thanks to Kayla and Chad for having an awesome wedding cake topper, and to Brian for the photo! Extra thanks for allowing me to showcase it here!
It’s a minion cake! Visit Custom Cakes by Dawn for more awesome cakes! (based in Ireland)
(for those who know that I have MORE geeky cupcakes out there to share…. don’t worry- I will be sharing those at some point too)
- Which cupcake design is your favorite? Do you have any geeky cake designs you would like to share?