Star Wars is a big deal around here (there are 3 guys in my house). Literally two seconds after I told my husband that Star Wars cookie cutters existed, he'd ordered them. I was more excited because the press & stamp design meant they'd be ideal for my new modeling chocolate fixation. These were the cookies I made using the cutters for both the dough & the chocolate. I added a little sparkly piping gel for flair:
Now I could be a complete moron when it comes to cookie making, but I was kind of disappointed in how the details & basic shape of the cutter totally disappeared once baked. You can see what I mean because the modeling chocolate overlay is the exact size the cookie underneath it was before put in the oven.
And the package made the cookies look amazing because of the colorful & phenomenal icing job, but let's get real - a mom with 3 kids underfoot, a mountain of laundry and a to-do list a mile long doesn't have 5 hours to carefully ice a bunch of cookies to perfection. Especially when they are going to be inhaled 2 seconds after she's done. Enter my new love, modeling chocolate. Roll it out, stamp it with the cutter and slap it on top. You have all the detail & perfection, but a lot less work. And if it doesn't look right, squash it and re-roll it. Try that with an icing pen! In case you missed yesterday's post, you can find my modeling chocolate tutorial here.
But what about cakes, isn't this cake week, you say? Well my nephew is also a Star Wars fan, so I surprised him with this cake:
This time I went a bit modeling chocolate crazy & covered the cake with some spacey gray (the starry flecks were thanks to not melting the chocolate quite enough when I made it, but totally worked with my theme!). I wrapped the sides with a layer of black and added our cutouts.
But what does Princess Leia think of all this deliciousness?
She's all about it. This was my latest Hairdo Hat: The Space Princess. It was a bit more time consuming to make, but I totally love the effect.
I'm pretty sure she'll be rockin' this as a Halloween costume this year. Here she's practicing her "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
UPDATE: Got to have your own Space Princess Hairdo Hat? By popular demand, custom Space Princess Hairdo Hats & the pattern to make your own are now available in my Etsy shop: The Green Hedgehog.
Have you made themed cakes & cookies? Throw your pics up in the CraftShare Flickr pool. We've got some Star Wars & an Indiana Jones there already, so come on & show what you've got!
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