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Star Wars BB-8 Cupcakes

These are the droids you’re looking for! Adorable and easy(ish) Star Wars BB-8 cupcakes that anyone can make.

Course Dessert
Servings 12
Author Tracy

Ingredients

Instructions

Prep

  1. If your mini cupcakes baked up so tall that they look too large for your bases, cut a bit off their bottoms, until they look appropriately head-sized. Set aside and make sure your work surface is crumb-free before you roll out your fondant.
  2. Sprinkle your work surface with a bit of corn starch and knead the fondant until it is pliable and easy to work with. If you are using marshmallow fondant, a quick 5-10 seconds in the microwave can help speed things along. Just be careful. If left in too long, it will be HOT.

Covering the Cupcakes

  1. Start with the heads. Because my fondant was a little dry, I rolled, cut and attached the fondant to the mini cupcakes a couple at a time. If your fondant is holding up well, go ahead and cut out all twelve at once. When your fondant is not in use, make sure to keep it in an air-tight container.
  2. Roll out fondant slightly thinner than 1/8 inch thick and cut out your three-inch disks. Take the mini cupcakes one at a time, frost the entire thing (sides includelightly and lay a fondant disk over it. Carefully, smooth it down so there are no folds or bubbles. Cut the excess, leaving a little space around the edges and then pick up the covered mini cupcake and, using scissors, trim the rest of the excess.
  3. Press a chocolate chip into the top half of the head for the eye and a mini chocolate chip to the lower right. Use a little bit of royal icing in the socket to secure them. Complete the rest of the heads and set aside.
  4. Roll the remaining fondant to 1/8-inch thickness and cut into 12 three-inch rounds.

  5. Spread frosting on top of each large cupcake. Your layer can be as thick or as thin as you'd like it, but make sure not to put a heavy coat around the edges or the frosting may squeeze out. Cover frosting with the fondant and smooth. If your cupcakes don't have a huge dome on them and your fondant is too large, just cut it down with clean scissors (alternatively, you could just pile more frosting underneath to fill up the extra space). Finish all of the cupcakes and set aside.

Decorating

  1. Using a piping bag and a small tip, pipe the orange designs on the base and head. I found it helpful to use a toothpick in the head and spin it as I piped the lines. You can get as complex as you'd like.

  2. Switch to silver and pipe the insides of the gears and finish the head. Insert the toothpicks/antennae into the heads and let sit until the icing is dry (it won't take long). Dab a little frosting or royal icing where you want to attach the head. Place the head on the body and you are done!

Recipe Notes

For the cupcakes, you want to use a recipe (or boxed mix) that bakes up into a nice dome, but if you end up with flat cupcakes, you can fake that dome with lots of frosting. No one will know the difference until they bite into them and then they'll thank you. I found that the most important key to success with fondant is to keep it in a sealed bag any time it's not being used. Fondant dries out quickly and will become difficult to work with (crack) if it loses too much moisture. If you are working slowly, your best bet is to cut and cover in batches so your pieces aren't sitting out while you make each cupcake. I found this video on how to cover a cupcake in fondant very helpful, as someone who had never done it before. When you insert your toothpicks, do so carefully and only through the head. Pressing too hard or into the body can cause the dried royal icing to crack. Instructions for the Marshmallow Stormtroopers can be found at Catch My Party