A few weeks ago I was asked to bake some cup cakes for a wedding I was going to…. the theme, just for the cupcakes, was sci-fi – it was a nice little wink to a small obsession that the bride has. I love how weddings are an expression of who you are, not just a celebration of your life with someone you love.
I went for good old chocolate cupcakes; and they seemed to go down a treat!
To make the cupcakes:
- 100g Plain Flour
- 20g Cocoa Powder
- 140g caster sugar
- 1 1/2tsp baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 40g Stork (or unsalted butter)
- 120ml whole milk
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
Into a Kenwood Chef mixer bowl, place the ingredients in this order: sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, eggs, stork, salt. Mix for 1 minute.
- Slowly add the milk, and mix for another 30 seconds.
- Add the vanilla essence, and mix for another 20 seconds. Remembering to scrape down the sides of the bowl every time you stop, to make sure everything is well incorporated.
- Place paper-cups into your cup cake tray, and distribute the mixture evenly into the paper-cups. I use an ice-cream scoop, which seems to give a perfect amount.
- Bake at 170C Fan oven, or 190C non-fan for 20 minutes. Although, after 12 minutes, turn the tray around.
- Place on a wire rack to cool.
To make the Chocolate Buttercream:
- 500g Icing Sugar
- 250g butter
- 80g cocoa powder
- 2tbsp whole milk
- In a large bowl (it is easier in a kenwood chef, although you can do this by hand with a lot of muscle power) cream together the butter and vanilla.
- Blend in the sugar, and cocoa a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy.
- Keep icing covered with cling film until ready to decorate.
For the Star Wars Wordings: I piped on Chocolate Buttercream, and carved out “STAR WARS”, from plain white fondant icing. Leave the letters to dry, then carefully place them onto the Buttercream.
For the Star Wars Characters: I first flat-topped the cakes with chocolate buttercream (an explanation of how to do this can be found here). Then I rolled out some plain white fondant icing, and using a pastry cutter, about the same size as the cupcake, I cut out circles, and placed them over the top of the buttercream. This ensures a smooth finish, and makes it neat and ready to add your character. Each character was each created differently and with a bit of artistic licence and imagination:
- Princess Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker: Using pastry cutters cut a small circle out of flesh coloured fondant icing. For the hair, again I used fondant icing pressed on. First leave this to dry, then draw a face using a black edible ink pen, and red colouring and a cocktail stick for the lips.
- R2-D2, Darth Vadar and Storm Troopers: I am afraid these were mainly carved free hand on the relevant colour of fondant icing. Any colours that appear on them were either done by a black edible ink pen or colouring drawn on using a cocktail stick.
- Yoda, Boba Fett, and Jabba the Hutt: these were carved out of the different coloured fondants, and quite a bit of artistic licence…
- C-3PO: Make small balls of white fondant icing, slightly flatten the ball, then pinch one side of it, to get a rough skull like head shape. Create the eyes and the mouth using a cocktail stick. Leave to dry fully. Then mix a little of high% alcohol (I used 40% vodka), with edible gold dust, and paint this on to get the gold face, and again leave to dry. While it is drying the alcohol evaporates.
- Chewbacca: First cut a small disk of black icing. I used chocolate fondant icing for the brown, and rolled long thin strips, which I then placed, and pressed onto the small black disk, into roughly the shape and figure of Chewbacca. I then added small black dots of fondant icing for the eyes.