Today is May 4th. MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU. That’s right, it’s Star Wars Day!
I have a lot of Star Wars recipes on this blog from Princess Leia cupcakes, Han Solo in carbonite Jell-o, Smores Troopers, Jawa cupcakes, Yoda Oreos…but nothing, nothing will compare to what I have for you today. To celebrate Star Wars Day 2012 I give you…a severed Wampa arm made out of cake!
A wampa was the ice creature that captured Luke when he was on Hoth. Using the force, the young Jedi gets his lightsaber and slices off the wampa’s arm to make his escape. (watch it all go down here.) This is my version…in cake.
Are you disgusted? You should be because it looks very real. In fact I put it in O.G.’s fridge and she freaked out. Oh, she ate it of course but she kept saying it ‘was making her gag’ so she ate it with her eyes closed. However, she did say it was delicious but “Why can’t you ever just make me a regular cake?” Ah, story of my life.
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup white sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
6 egg whites
Red gel food coloring
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prep a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan with parchment, lightly buttered.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and sugar until light. Add the vanilla. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt and add it to the yolk mixture. While mixing, add in the red gel food coloring until combined. Set aside.
In a separate bowl whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the red batter until combined.
Pour the batter into the prepped jelly roll pan – using a spatula to even it all out. Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven.
Get a CLEAN dishtowel and dust it with powdered sugar. Turn the warm cake onto the towel. Peel back and pull off the parchment paper.
Cut about 3” off the end of the cake and slice that into 1” wide pieces – these will be the Wampa fingers. Set aside for later.
Roll the cake up with the towel – the LONG way. What you are doing is trying to form the rolled shape. Let cool in the rolled up towel for 20- 30 minutes.
Whisk the jelly to get it nice and loosened up, also reserve about 3 Tablespoons for later. Guava jelly is light, almost clear and always makes for good ‘blood’ substitute (Game of Thrones horse heart cupcakes) but a dark jelly will work also.
Carefully unroll the cake, and spread the jelly onto the cake. Now roll the cake up again. Quite obviously NOT with the towel. Place the rolled cake seam side down onto a platter.
Arrange the Wampa ‘fingers’ you cut at the end of a platter so they look like a hand.
Frost the cake arm and ‘fingers’ with the whipped cream cheese frosting.
Getting between the ‘fingers’ can be tricky, just use a small offset spatula and take your time.
Take the coconut and pat it around the frosted cake and fingers, like ‘fur.’
For the fingernails I cut a thick chocolate bar into chunky pieces and placed them on the end of the fingers.
Finally, take the reserved jelly and pour it on the cut end of the ‘arm’. It will look like oozing Wampa blood.
Who’s ready for Wampa? YUM!