I know these pictures aren't the greatest, but I just finished the cake and want to show it off. I'll take more pictures in the morning.
This cake is for a birthday party tomorrow afternoon. I wanted to finish it tonight just in
case my son doesn't cooperate with his naps tomorrow, also I've never done a 3D cake of this magnitude.
The practice cake earlier this week turned out to be a disaster. It wasn't tall enough, my air brush in a can didn't work, and I didn't have a clue how to do the details.
I decided to change from my original plan of Darth Vader to a Clone Trooper. I have been
learning a lot about Star Wars characters this week. The cake is 4-6" rounds of chocolate,torted with chocolate buttercream icing between the layers. I carved the top and evened the sides to make it a nice round shape. I iced the whole thing in chocolate buttercream, and then got to work on the fondant.
I had some problems with the fondant tearing, but I was able to cover most of it with the accent pieces. There is a problem spot on one side that I couldn't cover, but it is fine for my first real fondant cake. I ended up buying Wilton fondant. I wanted Satin Ice, but I can't buy it locally, didn't have time to drive to the nearest decorating shop, and didn't want to pay a bunch in shipping costs. Next time I am in Cincinnati or Louisville I'll pick some up.
This cake will serve 16, I only charged $28, since I wanted the option to do a regular cake if it didn't work out. If I do another cake like this in the future, what do you think I should charge? I am thinking around $50 but I'm not sure. It wasn't a terribly time consuming cake, and once I know what I am doing I could do it pretty quickly. Of course once I know what I am doing I could add more detail too.