Star Wars Cakes: Chewbacca Chocolate Cake

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Making a Chewbacca Chocolate Cake!

Making a Chewbacca Chocolate Cake!

This Chewbacca chocolate cake was the easiest of the Star Wars cakes we made for our cub scouts Blue and Gold Banquet Star Wars cake auction.

It's a basic chocolate sponge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

It does have a few more expensive decorations (marzipan, slivered almonds, chocolate buttons and red licorice) that I was also using for another cake, but at least some of these could be swapped for cheaper alternatives, or made out of fondant.

It's a pretty nice cake too: I tried enough of the cake and frosting while cutting it up and decorating it that this was the one I was most sorry not to be bringing back home with us afterwards!

And is it really coincidence that we saw Peter Mayhew at Denver Comic Con not long afterwards?? Probably ๐Ÿ™‚


Here's how to make a Chewbacca Chocolate Cake (Tweet this!):

High Altitude Chocolate Sheet Cake:
Since we are in Colorado at a high elevation, I used a High Altitude Layer Cake recipe from allrecipes.com, which I adapted to make a chocolate cake by swapping 1/3 cup of the flour for unsweetened cocoa powder, and then used instructions from myrecipes.com to bake it as a 13x9" sheet cake instead.

Ingredients (Cake):
2 1/3 cups cake flour (self raising flour)
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Ingredients (Frosting):
1 cup (2 sticks / 8oz) softened butter or margarine (or unsalted butter + 1/2 tsp salt)
3 1/2 cups icing sugar / powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 tbsp milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

Decorations:
Shallow baking tray to put it on
Cocoa powder for dusting
Small piece of marzipan or fondant for bag
Chocolate buttons, Minstrels or M&Ms
Small piece of red licorice or half a red M&M
Slivered almonds
Picture of Chewbacca to refer to. I used one where he was carrying a shoulder bag (see photo below).

Cutting chocolate cake into a Chewbacca shape

Cutting the chocolate cake into a Chewbacca shape

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ยฐ F / 190 ยฐ C
  2. Grease a 13" x 9" x 2" deep baking tin
  3. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl
  4. In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix in
  6. Alternately stir in the flour mixture and the milk, mixing into a smooth batter
  7. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 30
    Chewbacca shaped cake, with a tall head

    Chewbacca shaped cake, with a tall head

    minutes, until a knife or skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean

  8. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool
  9. Mix butter, icing sugar and cocoa or chocolate to make buttercream frosting. Use an electric mixer if you have one, to make it fluffier.
  10. Place the cake onto a baking tray to decorate
  11. Cut the cake into a gingerbread person type shape, with an extra tall head. I added extra cake from one of the corners to make the head taller.
Chewbacca cake with chocolate buttercream fur

Chewbacca cake with chocolate buttercream fur

  1. Coat the Chewbacca shaped cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, using a fork to make a furry look
  2. Dust the darker areas of Chewbacca with cocoa powder, using a small sieve or a sifter, to make the buttercream 'fur' darker brown in those areas.
Decorating the Chewbacca Chocolate Cake

Decorating the Chewbacca Chocolate Cake

  1. Cut some brown M&Ms, minstrels or chocolate buttons in half and place them to make eyes, a nose and claws for the hands and feet.
  2. Place a small piece of red licorice or red M&M to make the mouth.
  3. Make a bag shape, using a small piece of marzipan or fondant dusted with cocoa powder.
  4. Place a double row of slivered almonds from the bag to the opposite shoulder to make the shoulder strap
  5. Use a pastry brush or paper towel to clean any extra spots of icing or cocoa from around him on the tray
Our Chewbacca Chocolate Cake!

The finished product: Our Chewbacca Chocolate Cake!

  1. Share and Enjoy!

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Have you made a Star Wars cake? I'd love to see it! Post a link in the comments and I'll add it to my Cake Decorating Pinterest board ๐Ÿ™‚

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11 Responses to Star Wars Cakes: Chewbacca Chocolate Cake

  1. I love it! Great way to celebrate Star Wars Day, right? =)

  2. This is such an awesome idea! My husband’s birthday is in two weeks, and he loves Star Wars! I think I’ll make this and try to make some R2D2 cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This cake is adorable! Any Star Wars fan would love to receive this cake!

    • Thanks – I hope so! We made it for the cub scouts cake auction and it sold so I hope they liked it – I know the extra pieces were good ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I’ve never made a Star Wars cake–but seeing yours makes me wish I had done! Love the creativity–really fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

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