I donated my time and this R2D2 Cake Design to our local cubscouts Pinewood derby event as a "silent auction" item.
R2D2 took 3 days to make. He is also 8 inches wide (including the legs, which are made out of fondant and rice crispy treats) and his body is 3 6 inch vanilla cake pans with a half or dome cake pan on top.
After baking the cakes and crumb coating them (I crumb coated his body and head separately from each other), I them covered his head with fondant. Then I worked on the fondant for his body (I make all the fondant myself), then I decided to make him look more original so I added squares and rectangles all over his body to give him more "personality"- more " machine like qualities".
I couldn't get the blue just right so I ended up having to paint that after I dyed the fondant so it's not as pretty as it could have been had I achieved what I needed to while I kneaded the color into the fondant, but practice makes perfect, I guess.
Oh I should point out that I didn't think R2 would hold up unless he had some "extra"support, so I used the other dome cake pan and filled it entirely with rice crispy treat mix and then cut off the rounded part to give him more stability.
All in all I am very proud of this cake. And I'm very happy to say that the person who bought him has a birthday party for her son tomorrow and R2 will be the guest of honor ( along side the birthday boy!) So I'm happy he'll be put to good use.
I made this Eagle Cake for my brother's graduation/going to college party. He is going to Morehead in the fall and their mascot is an eagle. I got inspiration from a cake I saw on this website but didn't have the tools they had available.
I baked a couple of Paula Dean "mama's" pound cakes in a Pyrex bowl, baked one at a time. I baked two heart shaped cupcakes for the head, in retrospect I should have used at least 3. For the beak and the feet I microwaved Starbursts for 10 seconds to make them really pliable and molded them around skewers.
I used wedding cake icing and mixed it with brown and black gel coloring. A Ziploc bag was used for the piping. I reinforced it with packaging tape and cut a triangle out of the end to make a leaf tip. The eyes were regular candy eyes I tinted yellow with food color gel.
My Father-in-law loves Eagles and I wanted an Eagle Birthday Cake Idea for his birthday. I couldn't find any that I liked so, looked for pictures of eagles. I found one and printed it out. I then drew it on parchment paper to enlarge it (16in long) and use it as a stencil.
I used two box cake mixes and two 18x11 ½ deep cookie sheet to cook the cakes in. After the cakes cooled I used my stencil and cut the cakes. Making mirror images of them so, when I went to layer them they were the right way. I filled it with homemade vanilla custard. After they chilled again I dirty iced them and rolled white fondant on it. I used Wilton's icing color (golden yellow, black and brown) to paint the details on.
For the feather details I used the opposite side of the paint brush and drew in the icing color.