I must say that although I did see the Star Wars movies as a child, when Dan requested a Han Solo frozen in carbonite cake for his birthday, I didn’t really know what I was letting myself in for! Here is the original from the movie for those of you who, like me, may not be able to instantly recall what it looks like. The cake is hardly an exact replica and lots of things went wrong but Dan was happy enough!
It was very much a ‘figure it out as I go’ thing and of course now I have done it once I know how I could do it far better but I am not definately not keen enough to do it again. The cake inside was also grey (resulting in many black tongues) and had a layer of buttercream icing, covered in marshmallow fondant.
After my first attempt with fondant icing here, I have had several requests wanting to know which recipe I used. Since this is only the second time I have used it , I am no expert with fondant and there may be better recipes out there but here is what I used.
450gms (approx 16 ounces) of marshmallows
1kg (just over 2 pounds) of icing sugar
1/3 cup shortening
- Put marshmallows and water in a bowl and melt in the microwave, stirring every 30secs.
- Grease your work surface and hands (very well) with the shortening and sift about 1/2 the icing sugar onto the bench and tip the melted marshmallow on top, then sift about half of the remaining icing sugar onto the top.
- Knead well (this is the fun gooey bit) until it becomes smooth and elastic, adding more icing sugar as needed. You will need to keep regreasing your work surface and hands regularly or things will get very sticky!
- Knead in food colouring if you are using it, I use the gel colouring since it makes a nice bright colour without adding lots of liquid.
- Cover in shortening, wrap well in gladwrap and store in the fridge for a week or two if needed.
It is not hard to make but the kneading is a little time consuming and remember to use white marshmallows unless you are making pink icing.