This Death Star Cake was such a great experience. I started with a half ball pan planning to make two to place together. Didn't put in enough batter so ended up having to make another full cake and cut the needed circle out of it to make it shape more or less correctly. It is important to take the divit out for the lazer at this point before moving on.
Then began the frosting process. I used store bought chocolate frosting and fondant. The chocolate frosting I added extra powdered sugar to make it more firm then smeared my shape. I colored and wrapped the beast in gray fondant but had to cut slits because it didn't shape well for me. I colored more and cut and cut and cut.
I used a ball pit ball to push in the fondant divit and round it off. I used a glass and a shot glass to make the details. I wet my fondant with a paper towel for sticking purposes then when it was all done I detailed the cake using a Bic pen cap. I wanted just a little more detail so I painted some of the spots with black cake gel. I did not use dowels or cardboard or anything technical and it did survive.
The Star Wars Death Star Cake was for my husband's 36th birthday. I never bake him a cake but I asked my daughter what type of cake we should bake daddy for his birthday. She said a Death Star Cake. Having just made a cake a couple weeks ago for a friend's gathering I had some left over fondant and got to work.
I used the Wilton Sports Cake Pan to achieve the ball shape. The cake was a 4 Egg Yellow Cake recipe that I had. Once the cakes cooled I trimmed them in the pan (I find it easier to trim them in the pans.) I then removed the cakes and trimmed one of the bottoms so it would sit flat on the board. Frosted the two halves together and then placed a cake dowel through the middle. I frosted the cake completely and placed in the fridge (so it didn't melt.) The frosting was a simple buttercream frosting then I covered it with gray marshmallow fondant.
Once the cake was covered with fondant I then drew the lines for the Death Star with a simple clay loop tool (that I use strictly for cakes)this process was tedious but it paid off in the end.
My boys are Star Wars crazy! This Death Star cake was white cake on the bottom and chocolate cake on the top. The top I baked in a Pyrex bowl and the bottom in a regular 9" pan.
The frosting is a butter cream frosting with all colors blended together to make the gray. I put it on a board covered it in black and put stars on it for the "space look". I bought the ship at the store...it's a toy that I stuck a bamboo skewer in and put the gray icing on to blend it.