May the 4th is a day to commemorate and appreciate all things Star Wars. This Star Wars Day, you can celebrate one of the saga’s most beloved characters — and his beard — with this recipe for Obi-Wan Kenobi cupcakes.
A fragrant and fluffy cinnamon-vanilla cupcake provides the base for a light, sweet frosting, used to recreate Obi-Wan’s signature stubble. Adorned with a robe made of chocolate fondant, these edible cloaked Jedi are ready to take on any menacing threat that comes their way.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Cupcakes
Ingredients for the cupcakes
- 1-1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup whole milk
Ingredients for the frosting
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- Pink food coloring
Ingredients for the decoration
- Black icing
- 16 ounces chocolate brown fondant
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with 12 liners.
Step 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
Step 3: In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar for two minutes, until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until incorporated, then stir in the vanilla.
Step 4: Alternate milk with the dry ingredients until just combined.
Step 5: Spoon the batter evenly into the prepped liners. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
Step 6: In a medium bowl with a handheld mixer, cream the butter, vanilla, and salt, until combined.
Step 7: Gradually add the confectioners’ sugar and heavy whipping cream for 1 to 2 minutes until light and airy.
Step 8: Remove 1 cup of frosting into a small bowl and stir in the cocoa powder. Place in a piping bag with a #5 tip. Set aside.
Step 9: To the remaining frosting, stir in a small amount of pink food coloring to tint the frosting to a light skin tone. Frost the cupcakes, using an offset spatula to level flat.
Step 10: With the cocoa icing, pipe a mustache and beard onto the lower half of the cupcake. Use the black icing to add two eyes.
Step 11: Divide the fondant into 12 pieces. Roll out one piece and trim to a 5 x 3 inch rectangle. Drape around one cupcake to create the robe. Repeat with the rest of the fondant and cupcakes. Once all the cupcakes are complete, they’re ready to serve.
Enjoy — cupcakes are now your speciality.
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