BB-8 Cake

It’s Great to BB-8!!!

My son recently turned 8 which is pretty awesome, but that day is also extra special because he shares a birthday with his dad. I always try to come up with a cake I think they both will love which wasn’t hard at all this year. I went with one of the new and most loved characters from the latest Star Wars movies, The Force Awakens, BB-8!

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Here’s how to put it together

The making of BB-8

You’ll Need

2 – 9 inch round cakes, any flavour
Buttercream icing in white, orange, grey and black
piping bag and tips
1 small silver candy bead (dragee)


One of the cake rounds will stay intact for the bottom, but the top needs to be smaller in size and flat on the bottom. The easiest way I found to do this was to use a bowl with a skinny edge and press down firmly on the cake to cut a nice smooth edge. Now just cut a straight edge on the bottom to make it flat. Arrange the cakes together on your cake board and place in the freezer.

You don’t have to freeze the cake, but I find it much easier to ice the cake this way so it doesn’t turn into a crumby mess. Next, dirty icing or crumb coat the cake and place it back in the freezer for about 20 minutes before adding the final decorative layer of white frosting. This will help the dirty iced layer set up so you can add the decorative layer of frosting without pulling crumbs into into the top layer of frosting.

Now you have a white BB-8, time to add the details. I kind of just eye balled this one while looking at a few images of BB-8. I used drinking glasses and gently pressed down onto the icing to give me perfect circle guides for the bottom orange pieces. I piped on orange icing and then filled it in and smoothed it out with a small frosting spatula. BB-8 is welded and patched together from different parts in the movie, I created the lines by gently pressing a knife into the cake and the ‘bolts’ by finding small circular objects and pressing in gently as well. Check your piping tips, these work good.

cake close

The stripes on BB-8’s head and the pieces inside the orange round parts are grey (they are showing darker than they were on my computer) and the two circle ‘eye’ pieces are black. The final touch is one silver dragee in the largest one. 


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BB-8 was actually very easy to create and didn’t take too long at all. In the end I was super pleased with the results and it was a big hit for the birthday boys as well!

BB-8 Cake - Mom vs the Boys

It’s Great to BB-8!!


Hope you have fun making a BB-8 Cake for you Star Wars fan! 


  1. It’s so cute but I feel like if I tried this it would be a complete fail! Lol

  2. heidi c. says:

    I would love to make this for my boys’ birthday this year as they are big fans!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    You did an awesome job on the cake!! your son looks very happy with his cake!!

  4. Victoria Ess says:

    So cute! What an amazing job!

  5. Judy Cowan says:

    Great cake and it looks easy enough to do. Your son looks very happy with it!

  6. That’s awesome – you did a great job! It looks like it would be easy enough to re-create for a novice like me lol

  7. What a great job! Thank you for providing all the information on how you created this great look. The birthday boy certainly looks happy with the result.

  8. You did a fantastic job! It looks terrific.

  9. Anne Taylor says:

    What a cute cake and he certainly looks happy! Great job!

  10. loucheryl says:

    Awe! Your little guy is so adorable! Love your cake. You did a great job. 🙂

  11. Angela September says:

    amazing job!!!\very impressive, my kids would be over the moon

  12. Darlene W says:

    great job on the cake, my grandkids would love this

  13. What a great idea for a boy’s birthday, love it!

  14. Debbie W says:

    I could do this. This is adorable and creative.

  15. Debbie S says:

    What a great cake! Fun and I bet delicious!

  16. darlene w says:

    my DIL is having this cake at her baby shower, the theme is STAR WARS

  17. Well done!! He looks well pleased!

  18. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Well done mom, I can see your son was thrilled with the cake, he’s beaming from ear to ear 🙂

  19. The cake looks awesome, very nice. I bet it tasted great too!

  20. sarah alexis says:

    Oh wow. This is the coolest cake ever!

  21. kathy downey says:

    I love this cake,such a great job !

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