Banana Passionfruit Lego Stormtrooper Cake

Attn nerds: It’s time for some serious pants-pissing.

Don’t judge me. It’s Mr. AA that’s the Star Wars nerd in this house. Here’s the wicked birthday cake I made for him the other week.

A quick note: While these recipes aren’t gluten free, I’ve tagged them as such because you can easily make them gluten free by using GF flour & GF icing sugar.
Banana Passionfruit Cake 5
Makes 1 loaf tin

Banana Passionfruit Cake
1 3/4 C Self Raising Flour
1/8 C Plain Flour
1/8 C Dessicated Coconut
1-2 t Ground Cinnamon
2/3 C Soft Brown Sugar, firmly packed
1/4 C Tinned Passionfruit Pulp
1/4 C Non-Dairy Milk (or more passionfruit pulp)
3 TBSP Vegan Spread/Margarine + extra for greasing
2 C Ripe Banana, roughly chopped*
2 TBSP Flax Meal/Ground Flax Seeds
6 TBSP Boiled Water

  • Pre-heat oven to 180C.
  • Mix together flax meal & boiled water. Leave aside to thicken. This will be your natural egg replacer.
  • Blend together the bananas, spread/margarine & milk in a food processor.
  • Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir. Sift the flour(s) if necessary.
  • Add the flax mixture, blended banana mixture & passionfruit pulp to the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined and no lumps remain.
  • Generously grease a loaf tin with with some spread/margarine. Pour batter into the loaf tin. Bake at 180C for 45 minutes/until a toothpick or wooden skewer comes out clean). If you don’t have a strong, fan forced oven, you will need to cook this for a little longer. I suggest keeping an eye on it by pricking it every 5-7 minutes further from the original 45 minutes.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for a little while before tipping out onto a cooling rack.

*Make sure this is two even cups, not heaping cups, or your cake may be too moist and not cook properly in some areas.

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Now the fun part! In most cases where you’d be carving a cake, you’d use something fairly dense like a butter cake or mud cake. In this recipe, the banana cake is fairly dense and allows for that. I woudln’t try it with a regular banana cake if I were you – it’s likely to crumble under your knife.

These are the three knives I used. You may not need to use such a variety on your own – you’ll be right so long as you have something serated and something pointy. If you have one that’s both, you’re in luck.

Banana Passionfruit Cake 4

Three loaves of cake was enough for me to create the Lego Stormtrooper and some Lego blocks surrounding him. I had a fair bit of scrap cake left over; the local family of magpies have decided they love me more than usual lately. I wonder why…

Banana Passionfruit Cake 1

I was lucky enough to have a prototype to work with (yep, that’s an alarm clock). This is a photo of the first stage of cutting. Avert your eyes, children!

Banana Passionfruit Cake 2

This was assembly. I put together all my carved pieces and iced the crap out of them. Mr. AA helped me and we had a ball creating the liquorice finishing touches together.

Banana Passionfruit Cake 3

The [vegan] lemon cream cheese icing recipe below is enough to cover the whole lot, with a little bit left over in case you make any mistakes.

680g (3 tubs) Vegan Cream Cheese (I used Tofutti), at room temperature
4 C Icing Sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
1/2 t Vanilla Extract
1 t Powdered Egg Replacer (I used Orgran)
1/2 C Vegan Spread/Margarine

Beat all ingredients except for icing sugar. Add icing sugar, 1 cup at a time, and continue to beat with electric beaters for 5+ minutes. Separate into as many different portions as you need and add food colouring to each bowl. Refrigerate for an hour or two before icing.

I used “Wilton” icing colours in this instance and will reviewing them on the blog in the next few days. The manufacturer has assured me that they’re vegan and kosher, however I failed to ask if they were gluten free – sorry!

Also – one more look at this, so you can learn from my mistakes. I iced both the yellow & red Lego blocks while they were on the board. I made a mess on the aluminium foil. the blue & red blocks were iced separately on a chopping board, then carefully moved onto the main board with the rest of the cake. That’s definitely the way to go about it – it looks a lot neater!

Banana Passionfruit Cake 5

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