I usually like to fly under the radar on my birthday—no big celebration, definitely no singing, and no cake. That’s about to change, thanks to my boundless jealousy over a six-year-old kid’s birthday cake.
How does one top R2-D2 confectionary? By adding Leia’s holographic plea to Obi Wan from Star Wars episode IV, of course.
The cake’s outer layer of fondant doesn’t just allow for the coloring and shaping of the birthday droid. It also hides the infrastructure that makes the hologram projection possible. According to Marc Freilich’s blog, he constructed a frame out of wood and cardboard and inserted a vertical PVC pipe for support. Then, his wife baked six round chocolate cakes, which she layered with frosting and topped with a ring of cardboard (the fiber content of this cake is off the charts!) They frosted the whole thing and then covered it with marshmallow fondant. R2-D2’s legs are made of Rice Krispie treats covered in fondant and black icing.