Trendy Drip Star Wars Cake How To 

So do you ever click on a recipe only to scroll past all of the personal story of how the cake or recipe came to be thinking “alright already, let’s just get to the cake part”? Just me? Okay. 

Welp, let’s just get to the cake part. 

I started off with 3 6″ triple chocolate cake rounds. Ironically, you can go to this chocolate cake recipe which happens to be a Star Wars cake! It’s very durable for stacking which is why I love it so much. I don’t use mixes all the time but for my basics without dietary restrictions, I will. 

So while the cakes cool, I print off the Star Wars logo. You could do any of the Star Wars symbols if you wanted! Cut it out, roll out some yellow fondant and lay your print on top. 

By the way, I have come to LOVE Wilton’s color right system. I’ve tried several different gels colors and this gets great results for true color. 

I have yet to get my fondant cutter from Amazon in, so I made do with a pizza cutter for the straight edges and a fondant tool! 

If you don’t have a fondant mat, tape some parchment paper to your counter and keep it well slathered with shortening. That’s how I started out! 

I quickly covered my cake board. Super easy and nice looking if you do this cutting technique and tape down. 

Apply some “glue” to your board. 

Using the small size offset, start layering. Don’t apply anything to the top yet! Just inbetween. 

This is called a crumb coat. You smear your buttercream into the cracks like putty, then smooth your icing around the cake to form a barrier. I try to keep it as thin as possible! Okay now, pop this is your freezer for 15 minutes to set up. It won’t dry out, I promise. 

While it’s freezing, take a couple of scoops of buttercream and color it black. 

Take it out of the freezer and add another “crumb coat” but this time completely coat your cake. It gets done quicker with a bench scraper. 

Plop your black buttercream on in random places. Yes, I said plop! There is NO wrong way and don’t worry about creating a pattern. 

Start smearing. If you see holes or gaps in the buttercream, fill those in as you go. 

Clean up the cake board first before doing anything else! 

Okay now, apply your Star Wars emblem before the buttercream rests too much so it adheres better. 

Not too happy with those jagged edges on the emblem (come on xacto knife!!) but I cleaned those up a bit later with my fondant tool. 

Set it in the freezer again while you make your ganache. 

DO NOT use gel based color for ganache. It’ll cause the chocolate to seize. I do 3:1 chocolate to cream ratio for white chocolate drip. The Wilton color brights work beautiful for this. A little goes a long way, so start with a tiny drop. You can drip it with a spoon along the side of your cake or squeeze bottles like you see below. Make sure you ganache isn’t too warm on the back of your hand. If you’re using true American buttercream, too hot of ganache and it will melt. 

I just love this red. I ended up using more ganache than I really wanted to because it wasn’t a clean drip. But I’m sure it was tasty 😋. 

I then scraped all the remaining buttercream into a piping back to create the marble effect again on the top. Don’t pipe yet! Your ganache has to cool first…yep, put it in the freezer for a few minutes while you clean up your station! 

All done! What do you think? Hope you enjoyed it, and if you try drop a pic in the comments! 




DIY Edible Image Cake

This was from a few months ago but I never got around to posting it! This is a chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and a 6″ round edible image. Since I don’t have a food printer (yet?), I order them from Amazon. I’ve always had a great experience with them so far! They arrive in great shape and they’re well priced. 

You could even go with a different image! Here’s some step by step pics. 

Aren’t they adorable?! See how flat and even they are? Baking strips make all the difference. These are from Hobby Lobby…make sure and use the 40% off coupon! I let my cakes cool in the pan for about 5-10 minutes before popping them out. Moist cake tip: Bake at 325 and not 350. It makes a world of difference! 

Cream the butter for 5-10 minutes. I’ve learned to be patient and do this after it has sat at room temp. Makes for creamy buttercream! 

Sifted powdered sugar – a tedious thing but results in lump free and smooth buttercream! 

Hmmmm. All done! My go to chocolate buttercream recipe is here

Put a dab on your cake board to act as glue. 

Next, you’ll fill your layers and then plop a huge glob of creamy goodness on top of the cake. 

My cake is still frozen here. It makes things way easier in the south and I swear by the cake being more moist as well. 

Take your offset spatula, plop it on the top, and start spinning your cake. You’ll end up with a flat surface. Don’t flatten it down too low! Think of it as icing your icing, not your cake. 

Slather all the sides now! And don’t worry about the bottom of that cake board. It’ll clean up! 

Taking a bench scraper (the metal thingy pictured on the right), start to smooth out your cake by holding it at a 90 degree angle and turning your board. You can fill in any gaps, like at the bottom, with more buttercream and continue to smooth. As the frozen cake starts to sweat, it acts as a great smoother for your buttercream since it adds just a little bit of water. 

When my sides are done, I’ll use my angled spatula again to smooth out that top (something I still need a lot of work on!)

After cleaning up my cake board and smoothing everything to my liking, I’ll peel and stick my image on top! 

Finish with some border piping and you’re done! 

Drop a comment about your DIY cake experiences, or tips you’ve learned along the way! 



Stop Judging Other Children’s Tantrums 

See these adorable, sweet little boys? They ate like angels today. Ezra (little cute toot on the right) is even sitting on the actual chair. They tried no shenanigans. Didn’t throw food. Even used kids cups without flicking the straw in each other’s eye balls and didn’t spill. This was a perfect outing. Big sister was being calm. I realized that all of my recent hard work of correcting attitudes and speaking of kindness and love were paying off. 

But then came the realization that we were leaving. And we were going to leave without playing in the play place. I took sister to the bathroom and I come out to Ezra, who had dismounted from his chair to streak across the restaurant away from his daddy to find me (or just to be defiant). Ethan decided to have a complete meltdown. He started kicking against me and doing everything he could to get out of my arms. Ezra screamed and took off to the play place, running in and trying to get up the steps before dad could catch him (Evelyn was close behind). We got all 3 out in one piece but not without a fight. But as soon as we were out of the building and away from people, they were angels again. Of course. 

We got the stares. The ones like “Oh my God- please control your children.” Or the “man, I can’t believe they have twins and a little girl. Must’ve used fertility drugs!” “If you don’t spank that child, I will.” “That poor mom, I bet she hates her life right now.” And I’m know that there are people that don’t really think anything, or they think loving thoughts toward you. 

But us moms, we don’t hear those. We don’t see those gazes- we see the judgmental ones and the angry stares. Let’s picture this though- if I would’ve actually spanked my children right then and there (which I have done before in public but sometimes I know it’s not the right timing). What if I would’ve pulled their britches down, diaper included (cause my boys apparently don’t have nerve endings in their hiney at all) and gave them a big smack? 

You know what would happen. You know the response. There I stand, now being judged for my discipline and not lack-there-of like I was being judged for about 5 second previous. Immediately I would’ve been seen as a harsh mom: abusive and violent. I would’ve been seen as a mom who doesn’t deserve 3 kids and doesn’t deserve to be a mom at all. “I can’t believe she did that, in public no less. ” “I bet her husband beats her so she does the same to her kids.” 

I once had a mom tell me that because I spank my daughter that she was going to grow up to be a 24 year-old in a abusive and violent relationship because she was conditioned to that at a young age. And that taking violence from “her man” will be normal and acceptable. 

What a load of crap. 

And I’m not here to do a spanking debate or even talk about it really. But we can all agree on this- that the majority of the public judges how your kids react in public because you’re not disciplining but then immediately are appalled if you do. When people say “discipline your kids” in public, they do mean spankings. Becuase who really expects time out or anything else for that matter to work in a restaurant or store? 

“Uh, Ethan (who isn’t even two years old yet), I don’t appreciate your negative demeanor so I want you to go stand the corner for two minutes and thirty seconds until you get control of your feelings. And by the way you can’t move at all from that corner becuase I have two other siblings to take care of, alright? Clock starts now- scurry over and think on what you’ve done.” Okay. 

After lunch, all 3 of mine go down for a nap. And usually they’re really good nap takers. But lunch triggers that for them- we’ve had a long full morning, a good meal, and now they need sleep. So they become cranky. It’s just life. And also, kids are still KIDS. They’re going to throw a fit when they don’t get their way (heck, I’m 26 and I still do it if I can’t get a whole cake to myself while dieting). They’re going to act out. And sometimes there’s really nothing you can do about it and – going out on a limb here – sometimes you shouldn’t do anything about it. They’re waiting for a reaction and it’s like dumping fuel on the fire. You never know what a kid is going through. He may be struggling with night terrors and is more exhausted during the day which leads to outburst. The little girl may have just gotten over strep and it’s their first outing…and she’s still feeling off and exhausted. 

You. Don’t. Know. 

So next time you see a momma dealing with a little stinker (and I don’t mean the ones that are obviously not ever dealt with becuase there’s a huge difference), please stop and pray for that child. We don’t fight against flesh and blood. There’s a reason why the enemy hates family. He hates new life and he hates correction. There is warfare over children all the time. Pray for the momma, or daddy for wisdom. Pray for their protection.  Offer to carry something for them as they deal with it, or watch their things if the mom feels she needs to take the child to the bathroom to take care of it there. 

Just pray. The older I get, the more important that statement becomes to me. 

“Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians‬ ‭2:1-4
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”‭‭ Psalms‬ ‭127:3-5‬ ‭