This BB-8 cake is easy to assemble and decorate. Using a cake mix gives you a jump-start, so you can spend more time arranging the decorations. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Total TimePrep: 40 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
- 2 packages (16 ounces each) pound cake mix
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 8 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk
- 2 cups orange and 1 single brown Reese's pieces
- Silver nonpareils
- 1 mini Oreo cookie
- 2 pretzel sticks
- Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare cake mixes according to package directions. Pour batter into 2 greased 1.5-qt. ovenproof bowls and 2 greased 10-oz. custard cups.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of cakes comes out clean; 40-45 minutes for custard cups and 60-65 minutes for bowls. Cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
- For frosting, beat shortening and butter in a bowl. Beat in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency.
- Use serrated knife to level the cakes. Place 1 large cake flat side up on an 8-in. serving plate. Frost top of cake. Place remaining large cake on top with the flat side down and edges even. Frost top and sides.
- For the head, place 1 custard cup cake with flat side up on serving plate. Frost top of the cake. Place remaining custard cup cake on top with the flat side down and edges even. Frost top and sides. Trim 1 side of assembled head so it is flat, then place head above the body, using extra frosting to adhere.
- To decorate the cake, use orange Reese's pieces to create four 3-inch circles randomly placed on the body. Arrange large silver nonpareils and additional Reese's pieces in decorative patterns inside each circle. Use additional Reese's Pieces and nonpareils to form 2 parallel lines at the top and bottom of the head. Place 1 mini Oreo and 1 brown Reese's piece outlined with nonpareils in between the lines to make the cameras. Insert pretzels rods into head for antenna, leaving 1 longer than the other.