Erla’s January — Coffee, well sort of…..

I am not really a coffee drinker but did have one cup while working on and deciding how to make this cake.  Perhaps I will actually make something else this month with coffee in it but for now…this is my post.

R2-D2 Cake

  • 2 Boxes Cake Mix – make as directed and put into three 8 or 9″ greased pans and one medium-sized Pyrex bowl
  • Bake as directed


  • 1 lb Crisco
  • 2 lbs powered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract

Blend well in a stand mixer until smooth.  I actually needed two full batches of frosting for this cake

Mama's little helper loves frosting!

Rice Krispie Treats

I doubled this recipe right from the start (shown below)

  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 20 0z marshmallows (2 bags)
  • 12 cups crisped rice cereal (1 large box)

Melt butter over low heat

Add Marshmallows and stir until smooth

Remove from heat and add cereal

Press in to a greased pan, cover and wait until hardened

Marshmallow Fondant

I thought I would use this more on the cake but decided to frost the whole thing instead.  I did use a bit of this.  It was great fun to make and so much more tastier then the store bought version.

  • 16 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • shortening for greasing the bowl etc.

This method uses a strong stand mixer, like a kitchen-aid, but you can also knead the fondant by hand (not sure I would recommend that).

1. Put the marshmallows and water in a large greased microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for about 1 minute, until the marshmallows are all melted. The mixture will expand. Stir to incorporate. (I had to microwave about 4 minutes to get this to melt – but took it out every minute to stir and check)

2.Grease the dough hook and bowl of your mixer really well with shortening.

3.Put about 3/4 of the powdered sugar to the mixer bowl and add all of the melted marshmallows.

4.Mix on low-speed for a few minutes then check the consistency of the fondant. It will probably still be a little sticky at this point. If it is, add some of the remaining powdered sugar and mix again for a minute or so. repeat this step until the fondant is firm and neither dry or sticky.

5.Turn out on to a clean, firm work surface and knead by hand just for a minute until there are no flecks of dry powdered sugar remaining. Wrap in cling wrap and let the fondant rest for at least an hour before using.

Concept for the cakes design


2 of the 3 cake for the body.....but where is the head?


Marshmallow Fondant


Cake body on base

Full body and head with rice krispie treat legs


Everything is crumb coated


Let the frosting begin!


The finished product

Another view

Transport this very carefully!

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2 Responses to Erla’s January — Coffee, well sort of…..

  1. Neve says:

    Erla, this is the best cake EVER! I’m so impressed! Was it difficult to slice? can’t imagine rice crispy treats are that easy to chop into. Awesome job!

  2. Erla says:

    Thanks Neve! I took the legs off before cutting so no problems! It was just the toothpicks that you needed to watch out for! Had to use those and skewers to hold the legs to the body.

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