Rocket Raccoon Cake [and a giveaway!]

Rocket Raccoon Cake - bethcakes.com
Happy Monday, y’all! I’ve got a really exciting post for you today. It’s Oscars themed and there’s a fun giveaway down at the bottom too!

I’ve mentioned on the blog a couple times that I’m a total nerd. You can see examples here and here. So naturally, when I was invited to be a part of this Oscars blog party and we were required to make something inspired by one of the nominated movies, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy on the list and was like YEP. This is it. This is my time to make a raccoon cake.

Rocket Raccoon Cake - bethcakes.com
Clearly, this raccoon cake is a little more mild-tempered than Rocket, an angry, little guy voiced by Bradley Cooper. In case you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket is a genetically engineered raccoon–basically, he was experimented on and given human qualities. He’s really into weapons and his bff is Groot (Vin Diesel), a large, tree-like creature. They join forces with Peter Quill/Star Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), and Drax (Dave Bautista) to prevent a very powerful infinity stone from falling into the hands of Ronan the Accuser.

As a fan of Marvel movies, I went into this one expecting it to be great. I didn’t actually know anything about Guardians of the Galaxy though, and it was so different from what I expected. I don’t know what I expected exactly, but it was different. I didn’t expect the 80s music. Peter Quill, the main hero, is kind of a goofball. This group of misfits doesn’t even really like each other for most of the movie. But they become friends in the process of saving the universe and all fly off into the sunset together at the end.

Guardians of the Galaxy is up for a couple awards in the makeup and visual effects categories. If you’ve seen the movie, you know a majority of the characters are from different planets and very few of them are just regular humans. I think they did a fantastic job with these characters and costumes. Rocket and Groot are probably the most obvious, but I also think they did a great job with all the other minor characters and extras we see during the movie: the people of Knowhere (where they meet The Collector), the prisoners in the intergalactic jail, the Kree, and the people of Xandar.

Rocket Raccoon Cake - bethcakes.com

And there you have it. Rocket Raccoon Cake. I really wanted to add one of these little Groot Cupcakes from Koalipops, but I totally ran out of time this weekend. But if you ever have a Guardians of the Galaxy themed party for your kids or yourself, these are great options. Or you know, if you ever just need a raccoon cake.
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Rocket Raccoon Cake
 
Ingredients
chocolate cake
  • 1¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking pwder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • vanilla buttercream
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

chocolate frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk

dark chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup Hershey's special dark cocoa powder
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

additional ingredients
  • fondant or modeling dough for ears, nose, and eyes (both can be found at Michael's and similar craft stores)
Instructions
chocolate cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray two 8 inch (or three 6 inch) cake pans with non-stick spray and line with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine, then set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, yogurt, oil, and vanilla. Using an electric hand-held mixer, mix on medium low speed until fully incorporated. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk. Mix on low speed until just combined. Then add the rest of the flour and buttermilk and mix until fully combined.
  4. Divide batter between the prepared pans and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the centers are set and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

vanilla buttercream
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla extract, milk, and half of the powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until fully incorporated. Repeat with the second half of the powdered sugar and continue to beat for one minute.
  2. (Repeat this process for the chocolate and dark chocolate frostings.)

assembly
  1. Place a cake layer on a cake plate or stand and spread a thin layer of frosting on top. Repeat with the other two cake layers and cover the entire cake in a thin crumb coat. Place the cake in the freezer while you prepare the rest of the decorations.
  2. Put each frosting in a pastry bag with a grass/fur tip. I used a small star tip to go around the outside of the cake, and two grass tips for the fur on top of the cake. Using the modeling dough to make two ears, two eyes, and a nose. I sort of free handed these and made them proportional to the size of the cake. You may need to use leftover modeling dough to create to flat/ball pieces to place under the ears to make them stick up a bit.
  3. Remove the cake from the freezer. Cover the sides with dark chocolate frosting. (Orange border around the bottom is optional.) Then cover the tops of the ears and head with chocolate frosting. Next I piped the white frosting, which is used for the muzzle area, the "eyebrows", and the fur on the edges of the cheeks. After that, fill in the rest of the space with chocolate frosting. Place the nose and eyes on the cake. And ta da!
Notes
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Oscar Noms Party Giveaway
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One lucky reader will win a streaming media player — their choice of an Amazon Fire TV, an Apple TV or a Roku 3. It always seems to be a challenge to catch up on the year’s best films, so I’m thrilled to give you the chance to do so!

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Menu & Movies

Appetizers
Pork Tenderloin Sliders – The Judge
Aged Cheddar & Apple Grilled Cheese – Boyhood
Pull-Apart Pepperoni Pizza Bread – Whiplash
Asparagus Rolls – Into the Woods
Texas Quesadilla with Chunky Guacamole – The American Sniper
Magic Garbanzo Beans – Into the Woods

Desserts
Nutella Mochi – Big Hero 6
Rocket Raccoon Cake – Guardians of the Galaxy
Texas Peach Crisp Skillet – American Sniper
Camouflage Mini Cheesecakes – American Sniper
Courtesan au Chocolat – Grand Budapest Hotel
Butterscotch Pudding – Gone Girl
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola – Wild

Cocktails
Pink Lady Cocktail – Grand Budapest Hotel
Black(berry) Hole – The Theory of Everything
Oscar Chambord Royale – The Theory of Everything
The Blueberry Wish – Into the Woods

Oscar Noms Party Giveaway
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