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Now THAT’S a Star Wars cake

A little over a month ago, I was horrified when super-blog BoingBoing brought attention to a cake with a half-assed likeness of the Death Star. I won’t reprint the pictures here, but follow the link and see if you can come up with a better description than this: Large, pre-historic ball of turd with a dent in the side.

UPDATE: Consummate good sport Ruth, creator of the maligned Death Star cake, stops by the comments section and points us to other, legitimately- and comedically-pathetic Death Star cakes.

Now, it’s not that I don’t appreciate the sentiment. I mean, hey! It’s a Star Wars cake! That alone is worth a hearty slap on the back. But of all of the amazing cake artistry out there, this is the one that BoingBoing decided to post? Questionable, at best.

So, I took the advice of a hippie friend of mine and decided to do something about it. What, exactly? Well, I called the person to whom I usually turn when no one else will listen to my somewhat-baseless, annoying tantrums…. my Mom. (Did I mention that my Mom is a bit of a cake artisan in her limited spare time?)

The timing couldn’t have been better. I wanted to be able to say, “Now that’s a Star Wars cake,” and she wanted to make a cake for my brother’s birthday. That my brother had no particular interest in a Star Wars-themed birthday cake had little bearing on the matter.

After much deliberation over what shape the cake should take (X-Wing fighter? Jabba the Hutt? Star Destroyer? Greedo?), we settled on Max Rebo, the keyboardist in Jabba’s palace band. The result was fantastic.


Check out the other Star Wars cakes here on Great White Snark.

UPDATE: Boingboing’s coverage of the Max Rebo Cake, including mildly-hilarious cake controversy.

My brother’s birthday coincided with my visit home to the East Coast this past weekend, so I was able to photo-document the “before” stages. My brother shot the “after” pictures… see if you can figure out which one of us actually knows his way around a camera.

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The nearly-completed keyboard. Those are Jelly-Bellies on the side. (This is the earliest-stage picture I could get… curse my Mother for waking up so early to make a cake for me.)

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What would become the keys on the keyboard.

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The completed keyboard.

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Early stages of Max’s body.

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Sculpting the body.

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The body, in place. That hole on top was for the toothpick that secured the head, which was made entirely of fondant (icing).

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Et voila!

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Happy Birthday!

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The “photography snob” shot.

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Cutting the first slice.

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The cake was 100% edible… yellow cake and fondant (icing).

In the final act of this homage to Star Wars, I did my best imitation of the Rancor beast, ripping off Max’s arms and then eating them, grotesquely. I’ll spare you from those pictures.

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45 comments… add one

  • Aaron Batty May 23, 2007, 3:06 am

    Yeah, but what are the parts MADE of? What’s the yellow stuff? What’s the blue stuff? The internet demands answers!

  • Sung Hu May 23, 2007, 4:15 am

    Now THAT’S a cake.

  • Jenny May 23, 2007, 5:10 am

    Fricking fabulous.

  • heavyd May 23, 2007, 5:26 am

    Um, that’s amazing. I mean, now *that’s* a Star Wars cake. But maybe it’s actually a Return of the Jedi cake?

    I actually thought the Death Star cake looked like one of those Nerf soccer balls. Every single one had a little chunk of foam missing, just like that dent in the side.

  • jake stockton May 23, 2007, 5:43 am

    excellent cake – but seriously tho, what did you expect from the guys at boingboing? they actually seem to think that the faux ‘LA underground’ style juxtapose magazine trades in is some sort of real art movement worthy of note, instead of what it really is – a cynical ploy by people who are more illustrators than artists to ask ‘fine art’ prices for their work, by the people who only go to museums to find new material to rip off. it’s not like the guys at boingboing have ANY sort of aesthetic sense, so it makes perfect sense they’d post that awful death star cake…

  • Ruth May 23, 2007, 5:58 am

    Heh. I’m the Death Star cake creator. I’m totally not a cake artisan, although I have to add that the Death Star is about the least crafty one I’ve done. It was for two purposes: 1, the obvious “woohoo, Star Wars edibles!” as you point out, and 2, to prove to a coworker that I could make a round cake. (Ball pan, duh.) I only spent about an hour airbrushing it since I’d spent most of my time that night doing the guitar, which was the official birthday cake that day.

    But if you *really* want to see half-assed, I found a picture online the other day, which I decided against linking for the sake of the proud creator. If it hadn’t been labeled Death Star, I wouldn’t have known. It was pretty much a regular 8-9″ round cake (so not spherical) with black lines piped in a grid across the top. Switched to yellow, I’d have been closer to accepting it as a holodeck cake instead.

    The Max Rebo is awesome, but Greedo would have been way cool. I’m thinking about doing a Millenium Falcon in August.

  • Chris May 23, 2007, 6:33 am

    Yummy! Props to your mom for a great looking, uber-geeky cake.

    Me personally, I would have biten his head off, rancor style. :)

  • Paul May 23, 2007, 7:09 am

    You are the coolest person I know.

  • josef May 23, 2007, 7:48 am

    I like butter-cream frosting instead of that clay like sugar frosting. Guess that limits my ability to eat cakes that are really sculptures. I stopped watching ace of cakes b/c i never wanted to eat anything they were eating. and plus, all that drama…

  • Cindi May 23, 2007, 9:39 am

    I second that. But your mom is a close second.

  • Spiro May 23, 2007, 9:39 am

    I’m so jealous. I want one for my birthday. Your mom rocks!

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 9:46 am

    Yeah, my Mom is cool. I am merely desperately geeky.

  • Cindi May 23, 2007, 9:59 am

    I know. But we put up with you anyway.

    Hope it’s OK that I posted this–with grande links, of course–on my own blog.

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 10:17 am

    Aaron, per the captions (remember, reading is fundamental), the whole thing is yellow cake, regular frosting, and fondant… which is a harder icing that is commonly used on wedding cakes. It’s edible, you just don’t want to eat a lot of it. For instance, I wouldn’t recommend eating Max’s head, which is one big hunk of fondant.

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 10:18 am

    Sung Hu, I third that emotion.

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 10:19 am

    Jenny: Thanks, yo! I take that as a compliment of my idea and orchestrating of the event, rather than a compliment of my Mom’s considerable cooking skills.

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 10:38 am

    Hi, Ruth! Glad to hear from you. I couldn’t find the exact Death Star cake you referenced, but I found another hilariously-pathetic one, so I’ll update my post.

    The Millennium Falcon was actually on our list of possibilities, as well… I think that could be cool… cheers to you.

    By the way, in case BoingBoing doesn’t print it, here’s the response I sent to the note from Cass (whom my Mom affectionately called “adorable”):

    Just wanted to tell Cass to consider Ruth’s honor intact. As I said in my note to you and in my blog, I applaud her efforts, but occasionally I indulge in a bit of hyperbole. For instance, of course Ruth’s cake looks better than a turd (I’m just really bad at analogies and commonly resort to poo jokes), and my Mom is a cake artisan as much as she’s a cook and a gardener… it’s just one of her many hobbies.

    Perhaps I will attempt to make a cake myself. I’ll entitle the post, “Now that’s a cake that ended up looking like roadkill. Whoops.”

  • Chris May 23, 2007, 10:58 am

    Seriously, your mom rocks! Has she ever thought of selling such original creations?

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 11:02 am

    Thanks, Chris. I’ll pass that along. She’s loving all this adulation… thankfully she’s so unjustifiably humble that there’s no risk of her getting a big head.

    Being the capitalist that I am, I’ve encouraged a cake-making side business, but she has less than no time available for that sort of thing.

  • Dirty Mike May 23, 2007, 4:31 pm

    Your mom has nice hands… any face pics? does she have a myspace?

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 4:37 pm

    No, digg lurker, she probably thinks “my space” is where she keeps the canned goods in the kitchen.

  • Gog May 23, 2007, 5:14 pm

    Wow.

    I got an X-Wing cake on my seventh birthday, but this… This is something else.

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 5:25 pm

    Thanks, Gog. My Mom barely understands this “Internet” and “Digg” thing, but she’s appreciating all the compliments.

    At least you had a good 7th birthday.

  • Kendra Waite May 23, 2007, 5:56 pm

    Did you make the fondant – because if it was store bought, I don’t envy the person who had to eat it. That stuff looks good, but out the the store premade stuff is nasty. Anyway, cool cake!!

  • Paul May 23, 2007, 6:24 pm

    Ouch brotha, your pics are broke now.

  • Flashman May 23, 2007, 6:24 pm

    Aw, all the pictures have disappeared. You ought to host them on Flickr.

    For everyone else, Duggmirror caught a copy:

    http://duggmirror.com/offbeat_news/Now_THAT_S_a_Star_Wars_cake/

  • seabreezemm May 23, 2007, 6:27 pm

    When will people learn that image shack blows?

  • nickolai May 23, 2007, 6:31 pm

    GWS, any chance of getting a taste of Rebo, or his keyboard? Wanna see if it tastes as good as it looks!

  • The Dude May 23, 2007, 7:25 pm

    Woah man they all look like frogs, that’s AMAZING. I think I saw a frog on Degoba.

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 8:35 pm

    Kendra, don’t know if the Mom-person made the fondant or bought it.

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 9:02 pm

    Seabreezeman: Some people learn the hard way about Imageshack and its blowage. All hail Photobucket.

  • Michael May 23, 2007, 9:19 pm

    Impressive.. check out my the R2-D2 cake my wife made http://farm1.static.flickr.com/172/485178057_b136252f98_b.jpg

  • Great White Snark May 23, 2007, 9:26 pm

    Nice!

  • Soar May 24, 2007, 4:17 am

    Thats a really cool cake!

  • bob raspet May 24, 2007, 5:29 am

    It’s mentioned above…The parts are made of “fondant” which is sort of a chocolate smooth type icing I beleive. Yuo’ll see a lot of wwedding cakes made with icing like this these days vs. the traditional whipped and buttercreme icings.

    Great cake!!!!

  • alex May 24, 2007, 7:59 am

    very cool. nice work!

  • James Fleing May 24, 2007, 1:16 pm

    I had a rather cool Darth Vader cake for my 40th. LOTS of black icing. Since it was also a very large cake I had lots to take home after the party which was when I discovered that the human digestive system can’t cope with black food colouring…

  • Cindi May 24, 2007, 2:08 pm

    Someone shoud pitch GWS’ Star Wars cake to the Letterman show or something.

  • steve May 26, 2007, 7:14 pm

    ahem…

    and, LO, the cake wars were ended by a few mere strokes of frosting from a true master…lol…jk…enjoy!

  • Empress Eve May 28, 2007, 10:47 am

    You are most certainly welcome. I am a dabbler of the cake arts myself. For my niece’s birthday, I made a Corpse Bride-inspired birthday cake for her:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/empressofmetal/46012017/

    Not as stunning as your mom’s creation, but it was my first attempt at fondant. And I had to make it from memory right after seeing the movie (there weren’t really any photos of it online).

    Honestly, I am STILL mesmorized by this Max Rebo cake. I can’t stop looking at these photos. I think you should make postcards out of the one with the two candles in it.

  • Wilton Cake Pans June 16, 2007, 11:57 am

    Wow, that’s a pretty damn impressive cake…

  • CrazyMom February 11, 2008, 12:39 pm

    Um, looks like something a rather talented 8 year old can make out of play dough…

  • hungry man October 30, 2008, 8:03 am

    dont knock it till uv tryd it

  • Star wars collectibles November 7, 2008, 3:21 am

    this made me hungry !!!

  • general calrissian February 8, 2009, 10:08 pm

    shoulda used twinkies for the keyboard keys

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