Back in February, I introduced you to possibly the best R2-D2 cake ever, created by my friend and professional baker, Mark Randazzo, who just started up a new bakery, Mark Joseph Cakes. Turns out I wasn’t the only one amazed by this creation. The post drew the attention of BoingBoing, Gizmodo, Elite Choice, and many others. While I loved the traffic, I was even happier that Mark and his wife Leslie, who both run the bakery, got so much exposure. I told them that the next time they make an R2-D2 cake, they have to take more pictures for me to post about.
Well, thanks to the Internet buzz, it wasn’t long before someone came calling. Mark once again whipped up an extraordinary R2-D2 cake, which had to have blown away the four year old birthday boy who received it. Even better, judging by the photos, it appears as though R2 is really one giant red velvet cake with RICE KRISPY TREAT LEGS. I want one. Now.
Whether you’re a Star Wars enthusiast or simply a lover of cake, you have to see this.
Auspicious beginnings: Mark bakes several rounds of cake. I have to assume it’s red velvet cake based on the color.
The stacking begins. The bowl of frosting is both a) making me salivate, and b) confirming my red velvet cake suspicions.
Could you even imagine a red velvet cake so tall? This alone would be worth price of admission.
It gets taller! Actually, there’s a method to this madness. Notice the separator after the top four slices? Everything above it will be the rounded head.
Now the head is removed. You can see poles used to keep the stack upright.
I think this is fondant that’s now been wrapped around the cake. Don’t hold me to it though.
Top and bottom reunited. Looks like a little trash pail.
Time for the legs. Mark cuts them out of Rice Krispy Treat blocks.
Voila part II.
With the sizes and proportions up to par, it’s time to start the detail work.
Crazy, right? This is what separates the men from the boys.
Further detail work.
Now the “torso” gets the special treatment. All edible, mind you.
So now you have photographic proof that yes, the R2-D2 cake is actually cake. Mark is amazingly talented, and if you live in the New York City area, you should seriously consider speaking with him if you need a cake. This isn’t just a gushy friend speaking. He’s really excellent at what he does. He’s even been on the Food Network’s Extreme Cake Challenge where he and his then boss created a giant monkey cake with fireworks. It was awesome (and they won).
Anyway, for more information on Mark Joseph Cakes, check out his site here. And if you get a cake from there, take pictures and send them along!
UPDATE: Here are the goods from Mark and Leslie about what’s inside the cake: “The whole thing is layers of red velvet cake with white chocolate ganache and chocolate hazelnut buttercream filling throughout. And yes, the rice krispy treat arms.”
UPDATE II: Here are photos from the birthday party where R2 was lovingly consumed.
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