Jabba The Hutt Cake

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Last minute Jabba the Hutt cake for Star Wars Day, aka – MAY THE FOURTH BE WTH YOU. We are in deep, deep Star Wars obsession around our house these days – Teddy is six years old turning seven. Teddy has been anticipating May 4th for months now – so we had a little Star Wars party (which turned into maybe almost birthday-party-calibre… oh dear)… I was excited to try something new to bake, and well, I’ve always been fascinated by the diabolical Jabba the Hutt (and his greasy, cheese-dripping Spaceballs brother, Pizza the Hutt)! Jabba, the giant slug lord gangster who chains up Princess Leia as his slave – but she gets her revenge by choking him to death by the very chain he enslaved her with… jeez, Star Wars is dark. So, I drew up a Jabba sketch with my cake pans in mind and came up with this Jabba, which could easily be turned into just a classic SLUG cake, if the occasion happens to call for it. SLUG PARTY!

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boba fett and friend

Teddy and his cousin Brookie! (aka Boba Fett and Pre Vizsla – I had no idea who these characters were but now our house is GRIPPED by Star Wars)

jabba the hutt cake tutorial

I started with dividing a lemon cake batter into two six by three inch round pans, and one half of my Wilton sports ball pan (I’ve used this for so many cakes and not ONE of them has been a sports ball, hehe!). I then trimmed my six inch round cake layers in half, and reserved one for cutting into triangle-like shapes to mimic Jabba’s tail.

jabba the hutt tail

jabba cake

star wars jabba cake

For the tail, I layered three triangles on top of each other – and built up the frosting to give it a curved shape. The frosting is a lemon creamcheese frosting, tinted lightly with leaf green and brown gel food colours.

star wars jabba cake

This is my second coat of frosting – I did the first coat, power-chilled it in the freezer, then added another layer!

jabba the hutt fondant eyes

Next, I worked on Jabba’s facial features! The snakey eyes, nostrils, long mouth and gross tongue are key to giving him the Jabba look. More importantly, piping the wrinkly lines around his eyes really gave him the Jabba look! I used a small open circle tip for the eye wrinkles.

jabba the hutt cake cococakeland

For his stubbly arms, I used a medium open circle tip and piped it right onto the cake (it took a few tries to get it in the right place!) If I ever make Jabba again, I’ll experiment with piping the whole cake with the wrinkly lines – Teddy is on an anti-buttercream tirade these days so I wanted to do as little frosting as possible! :P

jabba the hutt cake cococakeland

Slice o’ Jabba the Hutt cake!! Serve him up with some blue milkshakes and Star Wars sugar cookies! We also did a pool noodle light sabre craft and we watched Revenge of the Sith, which was INTENSE. Yikes. Definitely screen it before showing it to your younger and/or sensitive kids, something I wish I had done, oops. However, Teddy didn’t seem bothered by it, even though there are some ugly scenes (Chancellor Palpatine is EVIL, FYI! I loathe him and his horrifically freaky face, he destroyed Anakin and Padmé’s lives!!!) including the gruesome fiery almost-death of Anakin, who then gets a brutal-looking operation which turns him into Darth Vader… I think I was clearly more traumatized by this movie than my six-year-old!

slice of lemon cake

Hope you enjoyed this simple Jabba the Hutt cake tutorial! MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU! xo Lyndsay 

Pink Reindeer Cake!

pink reindeer cake

chocolate cake pink buttercream

pink reindeer cake piping

And just like that, we are completely slammed with holiday vibes. This year I’m determined to keep it ZEN CHRISTMAS and chill out. Each night I’ve been sitting on the couch and just zoning out on the twinkly Christmas tree lights and warm glow of lamps and dreaming about trying to keep the holidays as simple and enjoyable as possible. I’ve got a loose cannon gingerbread house with Teddy on the horizon (ZEN CHRISTMAS), as well as buttercream piped sugar cookies in zany colours (I love doing this) which we give out to neighbours and friends, and we will host and attend a few beloved seasonal parties. (This pink reindeer cake might be a fun holiday project to make with a friend, loved one or kiddo!). Christmas around our house also means Rich’s birthday, which falls on December 21st – and every year we do an aroma-mania of a raclette party – stinky but oh so delicous cheese melted goo-ily over roasted potatoes, with crisp tart little mini gherkins and pickled onions on the side. Just writing that sentence has prompted me to get into my gym clothes, hehe.

pink reindeer cake

pink reindeer cake

My pink peppermint buttercream chocolate reindeer cake is over on my column for Genius Kitchen! Find the whole pink reindeer cake cuteness here! Wishing you all a warm, peaceful and enjoyable holiday season, however you celebrate – whether it’s takeout Chinese and holiday movies or a candlelit feast of days worth of cooking… happy holidays and may you get through December with your mind, body and spirit intact! xo Lyndsay

Jack-O-Kitten Cake For Amazon Home

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halloween pumpkin cat cake

halloween pumpkin cat cake

I sure was glad I decided to wear my blue denim jumpsuit for this Halloween jack-o-kitten cake photoshoot down in Seattle last month. I have gotten lightly obsessed with jumpsuits and I’m a little bit mad at myself for falling prey to fashion trends but let me tell ya, jumpsuits are COMFY AS HECK. The only thing not comfy as heck is when you have to pee (which I have to do quite a bit) so you’re left peeling down the entire jumpsuit and basically being topless when you have to use the bathroom. Also, on a past occasion I did accidentally dip my jumpsuit strap into the toilet bowl. Yes there was already pee in the bowl. Washed the shit outta that though.

halloween pumpkin cat cake

halloween pumpkin cat cake

It was a gentle and cool day working with both awesome Antonia from Amazon Home and Stephanie, the lovely photographer. I admired Stephanie’s gorgeous grey-streaked hair immediately. My black hair is getting rather white and silvery itself – it’s alarming some days to find strands of white hair on the floor and realize it is mine. White eyebrow hairs have been bristling up through my caterpillar brows as well. I admire them with fascination, but with no desire to pluck them.

halloween pumpkin cat cake

jack-o-kitten cake

jack-o-kitten cake

jack-o-kitten cake

It was a real treat to work with a photographer, as usually it’s me at home alone in my kitchen with natural light, podcasts or music and me snapping away overhead.

jack-o-kitten cake halloween

Kawaii-faced Jack-O-Kitten the Halloween party cat!

jack-o-kitten cake halloween

With cakes made specifically for food styling/tutorials/photoshoots, often when I’m working at home, because I often do tutorials or visual work just for Instagram and not for a client or customer, I’ll do a “cake face/off” and scrape off the frosting and re-frost several times in different iterations over many weeks until the cake can no longer take it. So, finding a home for kawaii Jack-O-Kitten was the sweetest of all – Stephanie’s son Lucas’s birthday was a few days after the photoshoot! I simply jammed the cake slice back into place (I only took one bite so my fork didn’t soil the rest of the cake, lol) and piped over the top of the seams so Jack-O-Kitten was whole again. Stephanie stored the cake for a few days and then sent me this picture of Lucas and his sis. Adorable.

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Happy Halloween to all! xo Lyndsay 

Rainbow Bear Cake

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rainbow bear cake coco cake land

Psychedelic trip-out bear!! Rainbow bear cake combines two projects from my cake book, blue bear cake plus rainbow buttercream piping technique equals the bear of a thousand acid trips.

rainbow bear cake coco cake land

rainbow bear cake coco cake land

slice of rainbow cake

You can find the step-by-step to this rainbow bear cake over on the Wilton Instagram! xo Lyndsay 

Gudetama Cake For Genius Kitchen

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lazy egg gudetama cake

lazy egg gudetama cake

It’s Gudetama, the lazy egg yolk guy! Dripping over the sides of the cake! How do you like your eggs? I am a 6-7 minute soft boiled egg lady, sliced onto avocado toast, topped with whatever greens I have in my fridge and a sprinkling of chili flakes or Pollock-spurts of sriracha. Gudetama reminds me of the future-humans in that movie Wall-E where their legs are basically jelly because they are so sedentary. Admittedly Teddy has been watching a lot of one to two minute clips of Gudetama each night while he brushes his teeth. Poor Gudetama gets his butt poked by egg shells til he cries, he gets boiled up in hot bowls of soup, black pepper is ground onto him … wait, maybe this is the most masochistic little egg yolk in the world. I made this surprise-inside Gudetama cake for my wacky cake column over on Genius Kitchen – you can find the full recipe for the cakes here, and the tutorial and Gudetama cake story here! xo Lyndsay

Bunny Cake! Bunny Cake!

bunny cake

how to make a bunny cake

Every time I make a bunny cake it goes a little bit differently. Riffing off my own bunny from a few months ago, I went furry face this time, and added a buttercream rosette/drop star crown with piped leaves and a light touch of sprinkles! This bunny was not planned, in fact it was an emergency bunny cake which I started baking at 12pm and finished at 3pm, to drop off to one of my favourite little gals, my best friend Tara’s daughter Nola, in time for her bunny themed 8th birthday party! I will never get over the cuteness of a child seeing their birthday cake for the first time. It’s safe to say it is like the PRIMO NUMBER ONE REASON I make cakes. Cake is frigging joy. Joy is a reason for living. Cake is life.

bunny cake by coco cake land

Also… I shot a “how to make a bunny cake” video! Enjoy watching the magic of iPhone time lapse making it look like this cake only took 42 seconds to make! :P

Happiest birthday to my dear friend Tara’s (not really so little anymore) one! xo Lyndsay 

Winking Flower Crown Cake For Genius Kitchen

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Wink wink! “It’s Coachella Season” buttercream flower crown cake, my latest cake for Genius Kitchen! I missed the party boat for Coachella, and now I’m too old and too comfortable to want to get blazed in the desert with huge crowds, lots of dust, too many good looking people and too many overflowing port-a-potties. I prefer to watch my holograms in the comfort of my own home, but hey twenty years ago I woulda been all over that. My first huge outdoor concert was of course a very OG 1994 Lollapalooza. I remember being so stoked to see Shonen Knife on the side stage. I got a t-shirt, of course. Back in the early 1990s, it was terribly rare to see an Asian person in a band (Smashing Pumpkins James Iha!) so to see a whole trio of Japanese twee garage-pop WOMEN rockers playing, that was extra-rare.

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I went to Lollapalooza the following year with HOLE!!! and Sonic Youth headlining. Hehe. Ooooh right I went to the first Lilith Fair too because feminist 4 Lyfe. The laaaasssst outdoor festival I went to and probably will ever go to was Pemberton Festival in 2008, with Jay-Z and Tom Petty performing… I got free tickets though because my friends were also playing on a different stage. Admittedly, that was a hilariously fun but once again, where is my couch, soft fleece blanket and snacks?

flower crown cake cut

I wouldn’t recommend taking a buttercream cake to the desert unless you truly love being covered in sticky sugary insanity, but if you want to celebrate the wild child flower crown (sexual?) freedom of Coachella, here’s the cake to make! Winky blinky eyes inspired by my sweet friend Katherine Sabbath! PS, I just watched the Snoop Dogg duet with the Tupac hologram from 2012. I don’t think I’ve ever watched it fully before, just saw photos of it back when it made the news. It made me instantly sad and I went on a lite Tupac google. Can’t believe he was only 25 years old when he was killed. They really getcha with the hologram when it disintegrates into a million stars at the end too, dust to dust, ashes to ashes – SADNESS. But dry your tears… you can check out the Flower Crown Cake Tutorial here! xo Lyndsay 

Kawaii Sun Cake!

kawaii sun cake by cococakeland

kawaii sun cake by cococakeland

I know, I know. The cuteness is ALMOST TOO PAINFUL. This cake has arrived just in time for SPRING SUNSHINE. Keep it up, sky!! A few years ago I made this kawaii sun cake design for Handmade Charlotte and I thought I was SO CLEVER with the Pocky stick sun rays. Then I was like, Pocky…? CALL ME. Can I get dat Pocky money?? Can I get some Pocky sticks in a big old shipped box to just, like, have a 6 month supply of those crispy chocolatey sticks ‘o’ fun!? But no, Pocky chose to ignore my ass (I think I sent them one message years ago, haha). But I still think Pocky sticks are such a cute and simple idea for making a sun cake! (Pocky, you can still call me, lol.)

sun drawing for cake

The wonderful Wilton Cakes brand invited me to be a part of their brand re-launch – pretty darn cool. The only requirement was YELLOW – to go with their cute yellow re-branding – and my good old pal kawaii sun cake came back to my mind. I used a classic 1M piping tip to pipe the entire cake, and fondant for the facial features, though you could totally pipe the face on, or use candies! My cookie stick sun rays idea hit me like a bolt of cake-covered lightning. I wrote it down really fast and then drew a little pic so I’d remember. Chemo brain layered on top of mom brain is not cool, guys. My memory is medium-terrible now, but thank goodness for a sketchbook with an X crossed out on every single page!!! (emoji laugh til cry face)!

CUTE SUN CAKE by cococakeland

cookie stick by Wilton

The cookie sticks obviously take more time than plunking a chubby Pocky into the side of a cake but I LOOOOOOVE how these sun rays turned out!! Totally not too Sonic Youth 90s sunflower at all, like I was worried about! I used a large teardrop-shaped cookie cutter and made classic sugar cookie dough. I added a teensy bit of gel colouring to make them yellow. You could also totally pipe the cookies with buttercream too – I liked the clean look of the cookie shape itself, and HELL NO I wasn’t going to do royal icing just this time, haha, although that would give it a beautifully clean finish too (and add an hour or so to your cake-making!)

kawaii sun cake by cococakeland

CUTE SUN CAKE by cococakeland

Wilton also wrote up a fun blog post interviewing some of their favourite cake and cookie creators – you can read all about my inspiration and words of cake advice here, along with some other amazing cakers and bakers!! Here’s to more happy and sunny days ahead… xo Lyndsay