So, my daughter's boyfriend has asked me to make a cake for a forthcoming Star Wars party and we have agreed on a death star.....I have 2 hemispherical tins so I can do the cake shape but I am wondering about how best to fondant it. Would I be best to decorate the two cakes individually, let the fondant dry (a bit or fully?) and then assemble into one full circular death star with a fondant 'belt' to hide the join or would it be better to try to do the whole thing in one go?
I'm already regretting having thought I could do this!!
Seriously, make it easy on yourself and get one of those half-spheres in styrofoam at the craft store for the base. Then you can make the top of the cake out of real cake, and it will be a lot easier to cover.
I always wonder how you cut the bottom of a cake that's round and made entirely of cake. A lot of the time those are made from overbaked pound cake that's so hard you could stand it up on end for a couple of days and nothing would happen to it anyway, just for the stability. You might as well use styrofoam.
Here, I did a video when I did a globe cake a couple of years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykcLgz3DlYg&list=PLZ_bioPrrMRcXG_T6N_BBn6dRbtSeUJ-l&index=5
I made one once, and used a styrofaom half sphere for the bottom, and cake for the top. If you look at the actualy death star, there is a line around where the two halves meet...i covered top and bottom separatlely, then stack together and you have that seam. I did mine really more free hand than actually detail by detail. I used different textures to make pieces that I added, then in the end I airbrused the whole thing silver....was a big hit...thought it was for a 6 year old! LOL
thanks for your comments folks - useful hints and tips there and loved the video clip.