If you are hosting a "Star Wars" birthday party, then you need to bring the movie into the event. Do this by dressing up cupcakes with candy emblems that represent characters and objects from the film. A professional baker can help you achieve this goal, but you also can experiment with some easy decorations that you can make in your own kitchen.
Make light sabers to top the cupcakes by using strips of black licorice rounded out with icing on the tip of one of the licorice ends. You can use red or black licorice, but a more recognizable light saber might use black licorice and bright yellow icing. Simply cut about a finger's length of thin black licorice with a pair of kitchen scissors, and place it on the cupcake. Then, pipe a small oval of bright yellow icing onto the tip of the licorice. If your saber does not look like a real one, do not worry. Simply write the word "saber" on the cupcake's top.
Make a Luke Skywalker face topping by buying a round shortbread cookie, and placing it flat on the cupcake's surface. The cookie serves as Luke Skywalker's face. Now, decorate the face by piping colored icing from a cake decorating tube. Use blue icing for the eyes, black or pink icing for the nose and red icing for Luke's smile. Add swirls of hair to the area of the cupcake surrounding the cookie. You can use yellow or brown icing. Another idea is to sprinkle granola crumbles around the cookie to get the effect of Luke's hair. If your artistic skills fail you, simply pipe "Luke" in icing somewhere on the remaining space on the cupcake.
Make a Yoda cupcake by piping green icing in a circular motion around the surface of the cupcake until it reaches a point. Think of the image of a mountain peak. This is what your cupcake should look like because Yoda has a pointy head. Now, add Yoda's features. Use black icing and silver candy balls for his eyes, a darker green for his nose and red for his mouth. You might want to consider giving Yoda a frown instead of a smile because he often looks serious in Star Wars. Stick a toothpick into a green gumdrop. Now, stick the toothpick through the icing of the left side of Yoda's "head," and into the cupcake surface. Repeat on the other side. These are Yoda's ears.
Planets and Stars
Use tube icing with a thin spout to make the shapes of stars and planets on the top of the cupcakes. You also can purchase star-shaped confetti to sprinkle on the tops of the cupcakes. Do not forget the ring around Saturn, which likely will be the most recognizable planet to draw with icing because of its unique form.
Shiny Cupcake Papers
Purchase a set or two of shiny, metallic cupcake papers from your local grocery store. These fit the sparkly Star Wars theme. You also can get a spacey feel by sprinkling edible metallic glitter or small candy silver balls on the cupcakes you have designed with other Star Wars symbols.
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