Lightsaber Birthday Cake

My son and I decided to make a birthday cake for my friend.  She likes Star Wars, so we were thinking Darth Vader, but then we thought about how hard it is to make icing that is actually black, then we thought about what everyone’s tongues would look like.  So we decided to make a Lightsaber.  Then there was the question of exactly which table in my house could hold a full size light saber cake.  Answer:  NONE!  Ok then, two smaller lightsabers it was!

We baked a rectangular cake.  While waiting for it to cool, we made the icing and divided it up into bowls and colored them red, blue and grey.  Once cool, we cut the cake lengthwise into 4 long thin strips.  We searched around for the biggest mobile flat surface we could find ( my new rolling kitchen stand! ) and covered it with parchment paper.  We laid 2 of the long pieces end to end for each lightsaber and put wax paper around the edges of the cakes so that we could remove it later so that it would look neater and not have icing all over the parchment paper.   We stuck the pieces together at the ends with a bit of icing for glue.  The length of the blades was determined by the amount of the red/blue icing we had, but fortunately it worked out just right!

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Once the birthday girl arrived, candles were added.  These are Colorflame candles, so the flame matched the color of the candle, and the lightsaber!

Ancient Wire lightsaber cake

One of the problems we ran into was that icing doesn’t like to stick to the cut edges of the cake.  A solution could be to turn each of the long pieces on its side, so that the cut edge is on top with gravity to help hold it in place, and the other cut edge on the bottom where you don’t have to worry about it.  Another solution would be to use bags of icing with cake decorating tips.

Despite the chocolate crumbs that ended up on the outside, it went over really well, and was yummy.
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About The Author

Helene Jacobs

Helene Jacobs, author of the Ancient Wire jewelry making series, specializes in recreating ancient jewelry from many different cultures. She gives her readers detailed instructions for creating beautiful historic jewelry and shows them where they can learn more about the history of the pieces. As she finds new information on the artifacts in her books, Helene updates her websites, & . Helene has been researching history for over 30 years and has received several awards from a worldwide historical organization. At the request of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Helene created a replica of a 2500 year old necklace from the Mysterious Bog People exhibit. Helene has always had a passion for creating, figuring things out and teaching. As soon as she discovered techniques to make beautiful jewelry simply, she began teaching classes. Her class handout evolved into her first book, Ancient Wire, an instructional book for creating chains and other items of jewelry with the method variously known as Viking wire weaving, Viking chain knitting or Viking knit. Ancient Wire II followed, demonstrating how to make timeless items that are still beautiful today, but were originally created over 1000 years ago. These books can be found on her web site or at , and will be joined by other books in the Ancient Wire series. Helene's latest book is How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel For Spinning Fiber into Yarn. The designs presented in this book can be easily customized to fit your needs; several of the Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel designs are adapted from historical examples and artwork. There are even options for doing more than just spinning with your Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, like using it to wind balls of yarn. After traveling extensively with her military family, Helene settled in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, father, and fluffy dog, where she likes to relax with her friends over a good cup of coffee, and update her blog with her various crafty endeavors. Though it takes just a few tools to make the jewelry described in her books, Helene has an embarrassingly large collection of pliers. Helene had to test designs for her book How to Make Your Own Kick Spindle Spinning Wheel, which resulted in an embarrassingly large collection of spinning wheels and fiber. :-)

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