The longer my boyfriend and I are together, the more I discover how well we work together. We just completed another joint project that reinforced this in my mind. Our goal was to make a Millennium Falcon cake decorated using fondant. Neither of us had ever used fondant before, but we’ve both wanted to try it out. This gave us the perfect reason.
A bit of research was done before beginning this project. I looked into making marshmallow fondant and how best to decorate cakes using the fondant. I also had to learn what the ship looked like and which end was the front. Despite my geek credits, watching Star Wars is not on my list. In preparation, I baked the cake and mixed the fondant on Thursday evening.
To build the shape of the cake, we used a 9 inch spring-form pan, a 9×9 inch square pan, and a small portion of a 8 inch circle cake. The spring-form and square cakes were an entire box mix cake and the circle cake was half of a mix.
I’m going to let photos tell the rest of the story.
We learned a couple valuable lessons about fondant. First, let it warm to room temperature on its own. I read you can microwave it for about 10 seconds a few times, but I found this changed the consistency of the marshmallows. Also, keep it in a sealed container until you need it or it will dry out.
My boyfriend took a copper jewelry wire and a bit of water to press designs into the fondant.
We used brown dusting powder mixed with a bit of vodka to add the rusty coloring.
After seven hours of work, we had our completed Millennium Falcon Cake. Admittedly, this is a lot of work for a 5 year-old’s birthday party, but we had fun. I will be doing some more fondant work in the future, maybe not at this detailed of a level though.