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I like to make celebration cakes for my Godson and friends' kids on their birthdays and this year I made an R2-D2 cake. I kind of made it up as I went along so a few of the quantities might be a bit off but I took plenty of pictures so you can get the gist of how I made it! You might want to do the baking the day before so the cake is cool and firm.
The weight of the cake was making him bulge a little bit - luckily we were eating it the same day but in future I might put some support rods down through the body to support the head. Good Luck!

Posted by Helen P. from Bedford, Texas, United States • Published See Helen P.'s 6 projects »
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  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 1
    Step 1

    Bake or buy about 6 8-inch cakes. I used my favourite chocolate cake recipe but you can do any flavour you like.
    I also baked a madeira cake to use for the top so there was a choice of flavours and also madeira cake is a bit firmer so would hold up to the poking about that the icing process would bring!
    Stick four layers together with butter icing.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 2
    Step 2

    For the head, I stuck the madeira sponge onto another chocolate layer and shaped it into a dome shape by trimming with a knife.
    Then cover the whole dome with more butter icing.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 3
    Step 3

    My local supermarket sells ready-rolled white fondant icing so I bought 2 or 3 packs - lay one over the head and press down, then trim off the excess. Keep the trimmings, and try to keep them clean of crumbs.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cover the whole of the rest of the cake with butter icing too, then take another pack of ready roll icing and re-shape it into a rectangular shape. This will cover the main cake and can be done in sections if you like as there's plenty of opportunity to cover up joins later.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 5
    Step 5

    wrap the rolled icing around the cake - this is easier with two people! Then I figured it might be easiest to decorate the top before putting it on so mix up some blue food colouring with the trimmed off ready-rolled icing - add it a bit at a time until you get the right colour. I downloaded pictures of R2-D2 off the internet to see what he looked like.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 6
    Step 6

    I cut out all the blue bits I needed in one go - roll out onto tin foil then cut out with a new, clean craft knife. This will cut right through the foil so it's easier to handle and apply them to the cake - just stick them on with icing and peel off the tin foil.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 7
    Step 7

    Stick the head onto the body with butter icing... then move onto the legs.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 8
    Step 8

    cut out leg shapes from the last tray cake as pictured, then wrap the legs in ready-roll icing, put a layer of butter icing on first to act like glue.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 9
    Step 9

    I dusted the head with an edible silver lustre dust but you could hardly see it and it was expensive. If I made another I'd leave it off, or maybe make the head icing light grey first.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 10
    Step 10

    Stick on all your blue bits, and the legs, using yet more butter icing. Using my picture of R2-D2 I also noticed there are white bits, vents, lines, circles etc all over him, so I added these where needed.

  • How to decorate a character cake. R2 D2 Cake - Step 11
    Step 11

    He's also got a black....eye(?) thing and a red light, so I made a little bit of black and red icing and added these.
    Finally for serving I crushed up rice Crispies and put them around his feet to look like the desert.
    Then we ate him up quick before he collapsed under his own weight!

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Dellers
Dellers
Thank you so much for making a tutorial for something as awesome as this! <3
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Twiggypeasticks
Twiggypeasticks · Huddersfield, England, GB · 17 projects
Fantastic !!
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Debbie Michelle P.
Debbie Michelle P. · 6 projects
Me and my boyfriend love starwars and now I have this wonderful cake idea to use for his birthday Happy.
Thank you for posting.
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poppybell
poppybell · Glasgow, Scotland, GB
That is so cool. I would be so happy to get this as my birthday cake. It looks amazing!
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
This is awesome. I recently saw a Food Network Challenge where they had to make Star Wars Cakes. This reminds me of that episode.
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hannah g.
hannah g. · Horten, Vestfold, NO · 74 projects
ahh! o.o i love him! that is a seriously awesome project and thanks alot for sharing it Happy
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Carol S.
Carol S. · Indian Head, Maryland, US · 133 projects
Amazing job! Looks great!!! Happy
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Chasing Rainbows
Chasing Rainbows · Roma, Queensland, AU · 3 projects
Love it <3
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Sarah
Sarah · Erfurt, Thuringia, DE · 110 projects
OMG i can´t believe it! it looks sooo real! gosh! amazing!!
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Nancy!
Nancy! · Shawinigan, Quebec, CA · 64 projects
O_o Wow!! thats a cake!!!
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