Happy May the Third! Which is not a holiday! But it’s the day before May the Fourth (be with you), and since I don’t think I could convince my coworkers to come into the office on a Saturday just for cupcakes, we’re celebrating Star Wars Day today.
Our story begins many, many weeks ago in a home far, far away. My coworker was reading the book “Darth Vader and Son” with his 4-year-old daughter, and a little Jedi was born. She has since gotten a Lightsaber and attended the Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland, and this week she drew herself as Princess Leia:
Her R2D2 is pretty good, too:
I’m very proud of this little geek, and in honor of her and other girls who like Star Wars I wanted to do something that was Star Wars-y, but also girly. I would make pink Darth Vader heads with my awesome Darth Vader ice tray! (I should just have my paychecks sent directly to Think Geek and skip the middleman. Please don’t ask how many pairs of Doctor Who socks I own.)
Then my California guilt stepped in and said, “Why do girls have to have pink things? Girls can like all colors! JUST LOOK AT THE EASY BAKE OVENS BROUHAHA!” I mean, I was never into pink that much as a little girl, and blue has been my color of choice for ages. Tardis blue, when possible. So maybe I should make blue Vaders? Or rainbow Vaders?
But this little girl’s favorite colors actually are pink and purple, so I decided to stick with that.
So here’s the awesome ice tray. It’s much more sturdy than the Lego Minifig one I have, which made popping out the Vader heads more difficult.
There’s also a lot of little details in them, so some came out a little battle scarred. But that just adds to the authenticity, right?
I just used regular candy melts to make them, and the nice thing with those is you can do them days ahead of time, so you aren’t trying to bake and mold all at once.
Naturally, yesterday it reached about 90 degrees in my house without air conditioning, so I waited until around 9 p.m. when it was cooler to bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes. I also made my chocolate butter cream frosting a little thicker than usual to help prevent melting.
A few silver sprinkles helped the cupcakes look spaced out, and the floating heads were a big hit at work. I should have made a few more for people to take home to their kids.
I just hope my coworker’s little princess approves.
Rebels and Emperors,
Update: She liked it!