The first part of this instructable will be a candle that bears a passing resemblance to the idol.
As always, if you have any questions, please ask. :)
Things you will need:
Cake (home baked or bought)
Fondant ( " " " " )
Water and Brush
A bit of clean, clear plastic under each cake makes it easier to move stuff around but isn't needed.
A Lazy Susan makes things easier but, again, isn't needed.
For the candle:
Wax colouring or crayon
Step 1: Candle Mold
Make sure you've propped the wick up to stop it from dropping into the mold. Then fill with the wax.
I used plain white wax with a yellow and brown crayon melted in.
Step 2: Carve the Candle
I then spritzed it with a bit of gold spray paint.
Make sure you don't spray too near the wick.
Step 3: Cake Hat!
I decided to make a faux cake for the top tier because there's already too much cake for the people who will be eating it.
I cat a section of card, cut slits into the top, folded them in then taped it. You can use anything the right shape for this part as long as its light and clean.
I rolled out some grey fondant, cut it to size and glued it on. I then cut out some small shapes and strips and stuck them on with a touch of water. (water dissolves the sugar a bit and makes it sticky)
I seemed to have mislaid the process photos but I've put some final pictures so you get the jist. (I will add them later if i find them)
Step 4: Actual Cake Part
Put a crumb coat on each one and leave it in the fridge or cold room to set.
Once set, prop the cakes up on something (the red topped jar in the photo) and drape your rolled up fondant over it.
I didn't have a third hand to take a photo of this part but if you have never done it before there are lots of detailed video tutorials available elsewhere.
Step 5: Stack 'em Up!
It doesn't have to be super neat at this point but I do recommend gently pinching the edges to get a more defined edge.
Step 6: Start to Decorate
Step 7: Continue to Decorate...
Step 8: The Details and Presentation
Use a little bit of green fondant to make some greenery. This was all sculpted by eye but if you have leaf cutters that would be cool too.
Add definition and moss with gel colours
I've used brown sugar to pack around the bottom so it sits nicely on the tray and looks more authentic. :)