Stormtrooper Homer

Star Wars-Simpsons cake lands in Langley

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away… there was cake.

What do you get if you mix Star Wars, The Simpsons, and delicious cake?

You get a fundraiser that sprang up Friday afternoon at Langley’s Toy Traders.

Baker Kylie Mangles spent 70-80 hours by her estimate crafting multiple layers of “Tasty Tatooine Tangerine Cake” and a lot of fondant into an edible sculpture of Homer Simpson as an Imperial Stormtrooper.

She based the design on a graffiti artist’s painting, and then had to take on the difficult task of translating the 2-D image into a 3-D cake.

“His arms were quite difficult,” Mangles said.

A threaded rod holds up one arm.

The main body is tiered and divided with cake boards like a wedding cake, and was baked in sections.

A big Star Wars fan, Mangles has been baking elaborate cakes for a couple of years. She studied at a college of confectioners as well as working on her craft on her own.Matthew Purdy (left) and baker Kylie Mangles (right) with Stormtrooper Homer in cake form.

A video showing some of the lengthy process of creating Stormtrooper Homer can be seen at capturethemomentmedia.com.

The cake appeared on Friday at Langley’s Toy Traders, where owner Matthew Purdy organized a fundraiser. Slices were given out by donation to benefit the Shriners, as Purdy is a past president of the Langley Shrine Club.

Money will go towards Shriner causes such as free hospital care for children.

The theme of the fundraiser was a natural for Purdy, who is a huge Star Wars fan. On Thursday he actually shut down his store early and took all his employees – more than 40 of them – to see the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens on his own dime.

 

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