Some of you may remember my first Star Wars cake a few years ago, with a Chewbacca bust in a party hat and Scottcheroos in the shape of a carbonized Han Solo, if not you can find it here. I am not a total Star Wars fanatic, but I do love the characters, so was excitied to get a request for another Star Wars cake, with absolutely free reign as to the design !!!!!!!! My first step was a little doodle:
I love making figures, and one of the advantages of a figure-heavy cake as opposed to sculpted, is that much of the work can be done ahead of time (although if you are like me you will end up doing it at the last minute anyway - damn you Netflix!).
Before I begin on the figures I get my base board (for this I used 1/2" foam core), protected with aluminum foil, and some cake pans so I know how big I can make the figures and have them still fit.
After I have the rough shape I want, I start filling in the gaps with lumps of modeling chocolate:
For Chewie I started with a block of modeling chocolate instead of rice cereal treats , and toothpicks in the legs. I covered with more MC and textured with my gumpaste/clay tools