Hey guys, it’s Ro, welcome to another Nerdy
Nummies! Today, I am super excited because the new
Star Wars movie is almost out, and I got so many requests from you guys to
make something in celebration of the new movie. So today, we
are gonna be making a Death Star Cake! I’ve wanted to make these
for a really long time, I even wore my Star Wars holiday sweater for you
guys. Look, we got the Death Star in the middle,
we’ve got Taun Tauns and little X-Wings, yeah, let’s get started! The recipe that we’re gonna be using today
is a butter cake recipe, we’re gonna be making it from scratch, it’s from my cookbook, it’s really simple and yummy. The things you will need, will be: 1-1/2 cup
flour, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of almond meal, 2 teaspoons of baking powder,
1/4 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 4 eggs, 1-1/2
cups of super fine sugar, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of whole milk, and
then 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of room temperature butter. We’ll also need some mixing bowls, I’ve
got 2 medium sized mixing bowls and a little hand mixer. The things you will
need to decorate will be: 2 – 6 inch Sphere pans, the
ones that I’ve got right over here. These came together in a set, I found this one at Wilton,
it is the 3-D Sports Ball Pan set, and I wanted to show you guys what
the box looked like so that it would be easy to find, there’s a little
baseball on the front, basketball on the top, and this is the same
pan that I used to make the Earth Cake with. And dental floss, I know
it’s a little bit weird but I promise I will explain later. An icing spatula, some icing, a little bit
of black food coloring dye, 2 icing bags with couplers, and we’ve got
some tips for a little bit more control, for decorating. Alright, now
let’s put it all together! The first thing that we’re gonna do in a
medium sized bowl, we’re going to whisk together our flour, boop! Almond meal,
baking powder, and salt! And we’re gonna whisk together until everything
is evenly combined, and then we’re gonna set it off to the side. The next thing that we’re gonna do is cream
our butter. So you’re gonna just take the butter that’s
at room temperature. Plop ‘em into our other medium sized bowl,
mix it up until it’s light and fluffy! Now we’re gonna add all of the
sugar into the creamed butter. Boooop! And we’re gonna mix it together
for about 3-5 minutes, until it’s very fluffy! Oooh! Look at that, it’s so fluffy! Now it’s ready for some vanilla, we’re
gonna beat in our vanilla extract, and then we are gonna add our eggs one at
a time, keep mixing until everything is evenly combined. Now we’ve got our wet ingredients, and our
dry ingredients all ready. And now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna
alternate adding our dry ingredients and the milk into our wet ingredients. So we add a little dry, and then we mix it
up, and then we add our milk, and mix it up! Little dry, mix it up! A little milk, mix it up! And the last bit of dry… And mix it up! Mmmmm! Yummy, yummy yummy! It’s ready to
bake! So what we’re gonna do is take our 2 pans
and we’re gonna grease them before we pour in the batter. Over here I’ve
just got a little bit of shortening, and I like to take a little paper towel, and
just grease the whole pan. You can do this with butter too, but I like
to use shortening. Pour in our batter, doo-doo-doo-doo! I like
to fill it up about 75% of the way. When you’re using this butter
cake recipe you’re gonna want to slow bake them, because they’re
kind of an odd shape, they’re very dense right in the middle. Now our cake pans are filled and we’re gonna
pop these in the oven at 325 degrees and we’re gonna bake them for 50
minutes, I call this the slow bake! Once your cakes have baked and had plenty
of time to cool, now we are gonna level them using a serrated knife, and I’ve
popped the cakes into the fridge for a few minutes to chill so that when
we’re cutting them, they won’t be as crumbly! Take the serrated knife and hold
the bowl, and then using the top of the pan, laying the knife flat, move
back and forth. Just go doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! Oooh! Then you have a little snack! Hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm! Mmmm! Mmmm! Oh that’s good, oh! I need to stay away from that. Oh, that’s gonna mess up my beach body now! Once the cake’s leveled we’re gonna take
it out of the pan. What I like to do is I do the Jackhammer Jiggle! I don’t… I Just made up that name, I really
don’t know a better name for it. But it’s not doing a big up and down movement,
because sometimes if the cake is lightly stuck to the side of the pan it
will rip, so you just keep the motion really small, right in here, and
it looks like a Jackhammer. Ready, set, go! Dig-uh-dig-uh-dig-uh-dig-uh-dig-uh-dig-uh-dig-uh! And then it just will pop out. Now that we’ve got our cakes leveled, I’m
gonna cut a little bit off the bottom to stabilize our cake, because it is
going to be a round ball, and that could move around. So you’re just going to take one of the
halves, and the serrated knife, and just cut a little bit. Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! And then over here, I’ve got my final cake
stand, so pick whatever plate or cake stand you want to display your cake
on. And below it, over here I’ve got a little
turntable, to make it easier to decorate. So I’m just placing that right
on top. Then take your second cake, place it right
on top, just to see if it’s gonna match up, oh good! Before we ice our cake, we are gonna cut out
a little cavity, right here. For the Super Laser Focus Lens, this is the
Death Star weapon, we all know it! And what I’m using is a little ice cream
scoop, for positioning, it’s a little bit above the equator of the Death Star, so, right about there. I’m just pressing it into the cake to create
a guideline. And then I’m using a smaller serrated knife,
and I’m just going to gently cut out my design. Over here, I colored my icing to be the color
of the Death Star, all I did was I took a little bit of decorator icing,
added a few drops of black and then I mixed together until it was the
color gray that I wanted. Really easy, and, I added a little bit of
water, so that the icing would be a little thinner and easier to spread. First thing that you’re gonna do is take
off the pretty top of the Death Star, Ohhh noooo! The top kind of looks like BB-8 doesn’t
he? Looks like his little head. You’re gonna take some icing, put it in
the middle of the cake, we’re gonna spread it flat, this layer of icing is gonna act as
an adhesive for our top to stick to the bottom. Then you’re gonna take the
top of the cake, place it right on top. Now we’re gonna ice the cake, I’m gonna
be putting a thick layer of icing all around our Death Star Cake, so that
I’ll have a lot of wiggle room for any imperfections. It will
be really easy to hide any of these little lumps or crumbs. So you’re just gonna take a big helping
of icing, just glob it on there. Does it look like the Death Star has hair? Look, we can give him a Mohawk! And then we just start to spread evenly, doo-doo-doo! All the way around! I’m gonna take this spatula, and run it
around the bottom of the cake to taper it in so it really looks like a circle. It’s really easy, let me show you how to
do it, you just take your little spatula, and you’re not gonna move your
hand, and you’re just gonna put a little bit of pressure. And this is where
the turntable really comes in handy, because you just gently go around.
Doo-doo-doo! We let our cake sit out and crust over, you’ll
know that it’s ready when you touch the top of your cake and the
icing won’t be tacky anymore, it won’t be sticky. I did this without thinking, so I apologize,
but I did put a link down below, So if you want to see how to use parchment
paper to smooth out your cake, I have a video down below of how to do it. And also, I’ll
just show you really briefly right here. You just cut a small little piece
of parchment paper, place it on top of your cake. And then gently rub,
I like to do little circles. Little circles, little circles, all over the
cake to make it look smooth. Our final decoration step is to pipe on some
details. This is gonna make our cake really look like
the Death Star. And this part is totally up to you, whether you
want to make this easy mode or hard mode. If you want to pipe just a few
basic detailed lines, it will be easy mode. Or if you’d like to
pipe every single trench on that Death Star, you can, so it’s all up to you,
whatever you’d like. Because I’m gonna be free handing and piping
these details myself, this is where we’re gonna use the dental
floss, to get some even lines. You’re gonna take a little piece of floss,
like this, and, we’re gonna pull it tight, so it’s got a lot of tension. Pull the floss all the way around and then
you’re gonna slowly turn your cake and pull out the floss. Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! Doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! And that just gave us a nice outline for the
equator around our Death Star Cake. Mmmmm! Again, I took another piece of floss and I
went around the bottom to make the mid-hemisphere trench right down here. And then the top for the polar trench, what
I did is I just looked around my kitchen, I found a bowl that was about the right
size, and I just lightly pressed it down on top of the cake. Alright, now that we’ve got our guidelines
set, now I’m going to freehand, I’m going to pipe some of the details onto
our Death Star. We got our decorating baggie, with a number
6 tip. Starting with, the polar trench, around we
go! Just finished piping the main trenches, and
I just took a little toothpick and I just traced a line all the way around,
and then I’m gonna trace them and ice them with a number 3 tip, I switched
the tip at the top. Once I’m done piping these lines, I’m
gonna be adding a lot more details and lines to make it look like the Death Star. And this is where it’s up to you whether
you’d like it to be easy mode, or hard mode, you can add as many details
as you like. Or, as time allows. If you’re making this
for a birthday party or a themed like, viewing party and you want it to be super
detailed, or you just kind of want a minimalistic Death Star Cake, it’s
up to you! Ta-da! Our Death Star Cake is fully operational! We added a lot of detail, I’m gonna spin
it around for you guys so you can see. Weeee-oooooo! We’ve got command sectors, city sprawls,
hangar bays, we got it all, we even have a giant laser! I’ll be posting lots of pictures on Facebook,
Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. And if you guys make this cake, please take
pictures and send it to me! I would love to see your baking creations! Or if you have any other ideas for any other
Nerdy Nummies, please let me know, leave me a comment down below and I
will do my best to make it happen! Also, I got a lot of questions about what
types of icing I use on different treats. So, I teamed up with Wilton,
and I made a video over on their channel, I’ll put a link down below
so you can go check it out. And it’s all about different icings and
when to use them. And, a big thank you to Wilton for partnering
with me to make this video. I’m so excited! I wanted to make this Death
Star Cake for so long and it was the perfect time! Alright, I hope you guys enjoy it, bye-bye!


  1. Jesus it's Carrie fishers secret sister (really just give yourself Leia's cinnabuns instead of this last Jedi Leia hair and we will get second Leia XD)

  2. I’ve attempted this cake twice and, sadly, both times have failed. The cake keeps sticking to the pan. I greased it with Crisco the first time around and the second time I used Pam. Both times they stuck. Now trying a third time with a boxed mix.

  3. cool sweater shirt I don't know witch one it is, in the beginning you don't know how it will turn into a death star !

  4. Has any tried to make this cake with a chocolate cake batter? I'm going to attempt to make this for my brother for his birthday in October, but he wants it to be chocolate.

  5. Anyone know which video she is talking about smoothing with parchment paper? The link she posted is for buttercream consistency

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