Star Wars TIE Fighter Cake


Star Wars is one of the best movies of all times.  The characters are great, the music is awesome, and the plot overall is fantastic.  In honor of the new Star Wars movie that recently came out, The Force Awakens, I made a cake.  In the movie, there are several scenes involving TIE Fighters from the dark side, so I was inspired too make an edible version.

The fighters that the dark side use do look pretty awesome, so why not cake it?  Is that even a saying?  It really should be.  This cake is made using cardboard for the wings, skewers and packing peanuts for the part that connects the wings to the fighter, and cake for the fuselage, or pilot's compartment.

While it honestly took me forever to construct this cake, it was worth it, as I am so happy with the results.  You can make this cake too, with a few ingredients and a little work.

Star Wars TIE Fighter Cake

Serves: About 6


  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 milk
  • 3/4 cup water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Stir to combine.  In a medium bowl, beat the oil, sugar, and eggs together.  beat in the vanilla and milk.  Slowly add half of the flour mixture, and beat to combine.  Add the water and stir, followed by the rest of the flour mixture.  Beat to completely incorporate.  Pour half of the mixture into each bowl, and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool completely, and follow the directions below to assemble the cake.


  • Two pieces of cardboard, cut into six sided figures (see below)

  • Black and white paint, for the wings
  • 3 tbsp jam
  • White chocolate chips, a little less than 1 bag
  • Toothpicks
  • Food safe skewers, about 6 inches
  • Packing peanuts, white, for the connection between the pod and wings
  • Hot glue
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • A few tsp peanut butter

For the Wings: Paint both sides of the wings black, and let dry completely.  Once dry, use the white paint to paint the design (shown above) on both sides of both wings.  Let dry.

For the Connector: Insert the skewer into 2 packing peanuts, slide to the end of the skewer, and hot glue to secure.  Repeat with the other skewer.

For the Cake: Invert the cooled cakes on a cutting board, and trim the cakes so they end up like two half spheres.  Sandwich together with jam to make a sphere.  Insert toothpicks in the cake to secure. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave in 15 second increments stirring in between until melted.  Coat the cake in the white chocolate until completely covered, and freeze to set the chocolate.  Once set, paint the molasses in a circle shape on top of the cake, and paint the peanut butter into the pattern shown in the picture, to resemble the window.

Put it all Together: Use hot glue to attach the packing peanut end of the skewer to the center of the wing.  Repeat with the other wing and skewer.  Insert the other end of the skewer into the cake, and presto, a TIE fighter cake!