My BB8 cake has by far been the most popular cake I have posted on my Facebook page and I have to say that it goes down as one of my favourites too.
When I post pictures of my cakes people are always interested in how they were made, particularly when it comes to sculpted cakes or cakes with an unusual shape or structure so I thought I'd share with you some pictures of the BB8 cake that I made for my nephew's 14th birthday, step by step.
BB8's head was actually made of polystyrene, however it was decorated in exactly the same manner as a real cake. First it was covered in white fondant and then I used special sugar shaping tools to make all the markings of the rings around his head and other fine details. Gel food colouring diluted with a tiny bit of vodka is used to paint the colours.
BB8's body was all completely edible. This particular cake was only small as it only needed to serve 10 people. I used a half sphere tin to bake two chocolate cakes.
Next I trimmed each half just to make sure that they made a perfect sphere shape when they were put together. I trimmed the bottom of one of the halves to make it sit flat on the cake board and fixed it to the board with a little bit of chocolate ganache so there was no chance that it would move around or tip over.
Chocolate ganache was used to cover the entire cake to seal it and to make a nice smooth base for the fondant to adhere to. It's really important that the coating of ganache is really smooth, otherwise any dimples or marks will show through the fondant and this is not a good look! This was a really tedious process to make sure it was perfect and it was the first time I had granached a sphere shape so it took quite a while to get it right.
I rolled out some white fondant with a rolling pin until it was nice and thin. I then lay it over the ganached sphere and smoothed it on, making sure there were no bubbles underneath. Any bubbles can just be pricked with a pin to let the air out, and then the fondant is smoothed back down. The excess fondant around the bottom was trimmed with a pizza cutter to make a nice neat looking round white ball.
Next I used a wooden dowel to secure BB8's head to the sphere. I then used round cookie cutters and my sugar shaping tools to mark the shapes and details over BB8's body to give me a guide to use when painting all the details on. I also added some wire antennas to the top of his head.
I used the same technique of diluting food colouring gel with a tiny amount of vodka to paint all the details onto the cake with a paint brush. I also used special edible dusting colours to enhance BB8's markings. If you've seen the movie you'll know that this quirky little droid is a little beaten up and dirty from speeding across the sand!
And lastly, I added sand to the base. This 'sand' is actually just Arrowroot biscuits whizzed in the food processor with some butter to make it a bit sticky so it stays on the cake board. Does the trick don't you think?
And there you have BB8! All up it took me about 4 hours to decorate this cake and I'm so happy with how it turned out. I think it will go down as one of my most favourite cakes to date... but I am a self confessed Star Wars nerd so that could have something to do with it!
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