My stepson turned 7 this past weekend and was having a Lego Star Wars themed party. So I got the idea to make a standing Lego Storm Trooper and ran with it. You never see a storm trooper sitting do you? Mind you...I've only taken a couple of Wilton decorating courses and have only been decorating since about January of this year. So I guess I was kinda running with scissors!
I've made exactly seven 3D cakes up to this point. I'm new to this and rarely plan a cake in advance to any great degree. I just sort of do it and hope for the best, really. Fake it till you bake it is one of my mottoes! I knew I couldn't get away with that on this one though, so the process of doing so was great learning. I just might do it again!
I recruited my husband to help me figure out the dimensions of an actual Lego man. From there we figured out the internal structure which my sexy hubby built for me. We may have over-engineered it but I'm glad we did because it made the 30mi commute to the party pretty stress free. Thank you Allen! I then made the arms, head and a slanted base for the head to rest on out of rice krispies and covered those all with fondant.
The base is a 17" round of 3/4 in plywood with 3/4 in dowels. I wondered if putting it together as I stacked the cake would be better but I wanted to stay in the proper dimentions. I torted and stacked each individual layer then pretty much shoved cake in space at the top and crumb coated.
First mistake! It pretty much sagged out under the weight of the frosting. So at 6p two days before the party, I had to bake two more sheet cakes in my apartment sized oven. Thank god I didn't try to salvage it and put my home made fondant on! Kinda hard to see but the very top portions just under the RKT and middle support are just jammed in! I saw that torting this cake made it a bit more unstable so left the top half un-torted. Something else to note: I cut the cake just about a 1/4 in larger than the origional dimensions. Go bigger!
Here's a pic of the untorted and MUCH more stable second try I did the next night.
Then the fun part starts! Earlier in the week I covered and decorated the helmet and made the hands. The hands were a problem. I put CMC in the black fondant but I think I put too much black food coloring so the fondant didn't dry hard. Had this been a cake I was getting paid for, this would've been a problem. Since I was going, I just threw them in the freezer and put them on at the last minute at the party! Lesson? Well, don't put so much food coloring in the fondant or use more CMC and check the parts that need to dry sooner! Easy!
So I had to decide whether to do one large sheet of fondant or break it down. I'm still working on how to get the wrinkles at the bottom of the cake out so I opted to use four sheets: two for the legs with the seams in the front and back and two for the top with the seams on the side since the arms would help conceal them. I don't know about anyone else, but my marshmallow fondant is kinda soft and droopy in comparison to, say, Wilton's. Making it stick and stay up on a vertical surface was worrisome but it did pretty good. If any of you out there have had similar situations or suggestions for firming up the fondant without making it impossible to get air bubbles out of, PLEEEEASE share! Then I covered all the seams with thin strips, added the fondant details and voila! PS: Don't forget the feet like I almost did!