Lego Anakin Skywalker Sitting Birthday Cake

Last week I had a really fun cake order! I’ve always wanted to try a lego character, but not just a laying down one, how boring. So when this order for a sitting up Lego Anakin cake up I was SO excited.


The birthday boy is just a few month older than Lego boy, which is fun.  His sister ordered his favorite Lego character for a fun birthday surprise!  He LOVED it!


The first thing I do when starting a cake is sketch it out.  For this one I also had to get EXACT measurements as I sized it up!  This cake has an 8 inch by 8 inch base tier and ended up almost 19 inches tall, that’s as tall as some newborns!


I started with a two layer 8 inch square, then I carved the side so that the back.  If you look at a lego you’ll see their legs narrow a bit.


Then I carved out between the legs and the leg shape.  I ended up need a bit of extra height for the toes.  Luckily I had plenty of extra cake leftover from the other carving!


The body is 8 inches x 4 inches, so I just cut 2 more layers in half and stacked them up!  Then I carved the body prefilling so I wouldn’t have the cream cheese filling spilling out everywhere!


fill and stack…  Because I had pre-measured everything this all went really fast.  I also carved a 5 inch round head, but since I just did a lego head carving tutorial I didn’t take pictures of that step.


Because I wanted nice sharp corners and I didn’t want any of the detail lost I used whipped ganache for the frosting!


The arms I actually used pvc pipe for the “bones” then squished rice krispy treats into the shape I wanted.  I also covered it with two layers of ganache to get a nice smooth finish before covering them with fondant.


All the fondant work is done!  I forgot how much extra height I would need for a lego head with hair!  I should have had the cake created the height, but I forgot and so I used the cardboard circle top, wrapped it with fondant and then added the hair, but you can see the ridge along the top, it’s the one thing I’m not happy with!


To help such a tall narrow cake stay up I created this really sturdy base!  It was probably over kill and if I do another sitting lego cake I think I’ll actually make the cake smaller so it won’t need quite so much support!


To keep it pretty I covered it with fondant, marbleized grey to keep with the space theme!  I stacked him and drove him over, assembling the arms, hands and adding the shine once I got to the party!  I’m SO pleased with how he turned out.  He looks SO much like the image the sister sent me, I’m in love!  The birthday boy recognized Anakin at once!  I love what I do!


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Ashlee has been cake decorating for 9 year, and blogging for 7+. She has 5 children ages 3-13 that she enjoys throwing parties for. She loves to bake, cook, crochet, knit, do home improvement, graphic design, photography and writing.
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  1. Jules says

    My 10 yr old thought this was awesome! He let me know that he had that mini figure. Then he said he wanted some chocolate cake, it looked so good… He’s not a sweet tooth kind of guy either! Great job!

  2. says

    I can’t begin to imagine all the work that goes into a cake like this. All I know is it’s ah-MAZ-ing!! So excited to see you at SNAP!!

  3. says

    Hi Ashlee!

    Would you mind sharing or letting me know a good cake recipe for carving? The one I have is for “wedding” cakes and not suitable for making any topsy turvy or carved cake. I have to make a Ninjago cake and he wants a character cake just like your Star Wars cake. Thanks a bunch!

    • says

      I don’t share my cake business recipes at the moment. I’m working on getting a book published that will have them. I like moist dense cakes, pound cakes work great. Sour cream cakes are good as well. Just stay away from box mixes, and other sponge cakes, they are simply too weak.

      • says

        Hi Ashlee! Thanks so much for your reply!!! You saved me from using box mixes. jaja! I was going to try a recipe that everyone swears by @ CakeCentral…Instead, I will look now for a Sour cream (sounds yummy) or pound cake. Thanks so much for your advice. And hurry up with your book. I want it!

  4. Paula says

    Ashlee- thanks for such a wonderful tutorial! Have you tried doing a standing lego Anachin? Would love to know how to adjust for the standing cake rather than sitting.

  5. jesica says

    i was wondering if you could tell me how you attached the arm and also how did you get his body body on the pvc? did you precut a hole in the cake board? thanks im new at making cakes :)

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