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 🙂
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.
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
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
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
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
Picture of Chewbacca to refer to. I used one where he was carrying a shoulder bag (see photo below).
- Preheat the oven to 375 ° F / 190 ° C
- Grease a 13" x 9" x 2" deep baking tin
- Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl
- In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix in
- Alternately stir in the flour mixture and the milk, mixing into a smooth batter
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake for about 30
minutes, until a knife or skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean
- Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool
- Mix butter, icing sugar and cocoa or chocolate to make buttercream frosting. Use an electric mixer if you have one, to make it fluffier.
- Place the cake onto a baking tray to decorate
- 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.
- Coat the Chewbacca shaped cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, using a fork to make a furry look
- 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.
- 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.
- Place a small piece of red licorice or red M&M to make the mouth.
- Make a bag shape, using a small piece of marzipan or fondant dusted with cocoa powder.
- Place a double row of slivered almonds from the bag to the opposite shoulder to make the shoulder strap
- Use a pastry brush or paper towel to clean any extra spots of icing or cocoa from around him on the tray
- Share and Enjoy!
- High Altitude Layer Cake Recipe from Allrecipes.com
- MyRecipes.com: "Can I use a recipe for a layer cake to make a sheet cake?"
- AllRecipes.com: High Altitude Cake Baking
- SavorySweetLife.com: Chocolate Buttercream Frosting with almond or vanilla
- Peter Mayhew on Twitter
- Starwars.com: Chewbacca
- Look the part with this great Chewbacca gear from ThinkGeek!
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 🙂
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