Intro: Candy Millennium Falcon (Now With More Detals)
This idea got started after my 4 year old found a video of a lady making a cake that had a candy Millennium Falcon on it and said he wanted it for his 5th birthday. After sourcing all of the items and realizing that they don't sell it all at the stores... and substituting one thing for another... I figured I'd just post it all here! The original inspiration comes from this video that is very well done and I highly recommend you watch it. Here is the link https://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/star-wars-cake If you would like to see what I did differently or just see my detail only on making the Falcon, that is what this is for...
Step 1: Step 1. the Things You'll Need.
- The Mold- Amazon $11.95 at the time I wrote this
- Wilton White Candy Melts- 3 bags (walmart seems to be cheaper than amazon if you live it the USA. Depending on color they are about $2.50-5.00 a bag. the plain white I used was the cheapest and worked the best) If you are using a different brand, I believe this mold holds ROUGHLY 36oz so double check the mold first and then buy that amount. If you are not a fan of the candy melts, Chocolate could be used just as easily but spraying the silver on a darker background might give you a different color in the end. I will get some chocolate in the next couple days and put the results up here...
- Silver Wilton Color Mist- This was a game changer. If you watched the video of where I originally saw this, she used a brush on silver dust that no one sells anywhere around me. It can be bought on amazon but I found something very cool locally. Basically it's editable spray paint and it turned my ship silver so fast and looked so good, for 4 dollars-ish I couldn't be happier!
- Paintbrushes that haven't been used for paint before, about 4 dollars for some fine tip pointy ones that worked pretty nice.
- Icing for paint- I had no clue what I was doing here so what I did was I grabbed some tubes of jell icing, red and black, then I went back and grabbed some tubes of decorating icing, red and black, I tried each one then I ended up mixing them together...
- Lollipop sticks if you want to stick the ship into a cake like I am doing. You'll find them with all the other cake stuff you already have to go find. UPDATE ON THE STICKS- the little sticks you see in the pictures are too short! they make much longer sticks (Also by Wilton) that I found at a craft store. This is why my ship looks like it's crashing into my cake rather than flying above it! I would go with 8" or longer if you can find them and then cut them if they are too long.
- Bowl, spoon, pan, foil, knife, scissors and anything else that make you feel handy.
Step 2: Melt Some Candy, Pour a Mold
After your tools are collected, add your 3 bags of candy melts (I held 4 oz back to fill some holes but you don't have to) to your microwave safe bowl and follow the instructions on the package. It will take much longer than the package since you are doing more but, do it all at once, take your time, and make sure it is melted all the way, every last little circle...if not you might end up with funky shaped space ship.
Wash your mold, lord knows how long that thing sat in a warehouse.
Pour your candy into your mold, use a spoon to push it around to all the edges as you add it in. Once you have all the candy in the mold, one of the most important lessons I've learned, Tap the sides, HARD! I borderline beat the heck out of the thing to get all of the air bubbles out of the bottom/top... you can drop the thing with candy in it and you wont spill it.
Once you you feel like you have done your due diligence at making sure you wont have bubbles on the face of your mold, place it out of the reach of small hands and let it sit for many hours. If you are going to add sticks to it to make it look like it's flying, you will do it some time between now and two hours from now, depending on how long it takes to begin to harden.
I added the 4oz of candy I held back to the holes I made when I pushed the sticks in after the mold hardened as you can see in the pictures. Probably not necessary but, I thought I needed to at the time?
Step 3: Peel the Mold and Add a Base Coat
I've made a couple of these now and this step is the meat and potatoes of the operation. If you fail here, you remelt your candy and start over. I should have taken a video of it but I didn't so, your stuck with me telling you and a little common sense.
First and foremost, if your going to break it, one of two things will happen. It will not have set up enough and you'll snap it in half or, you'll snap the front off getting it out of the mold. We can prevent both of these from happening! First of all, let the thing sit over night, “Patience you must have, my young padawan”... And the second problem, start at the back of the ship and slowly pull the edges away. Work down both sides till you get to the "fork" at the front. Leave it alone at the moment. Now that all the edges are loose all the way around except the very front piece. go back to the back and slowly pull the mold straight down off of the ship. The two will separate pretty easily until you get to the radar dish. You may just have to pull a bit harder to get past the dish or push up on it with your other hand as it comes to it, but the idea is to work towards the front so the those two forks are the last two things to come out and the force of the whole ship is not tweaking on then when come out. If done smoothly it should easily end up in one nice piece.
I took a pause here a looked it over very closely to make sure I could live with the quality, (bubbles, flaws, ect.) because you can always remelt it at this point but after you spray it, you'll have to start over.
So if it's good we go on if not, remelt and meet us back here...
If you used sticks and they were slanted like mine, make a ball of foil to hold up the other side as shown in the pictures. Line a pan with foil and place ship in the middle. Take this project to somewhere that you would normally spray paint. I used my work bench in my garage... There was over-spray and now my workbench has some nice edible silver paint on it, better there than the granite.
Spray away! It will look like it's not sticking and running. Don't Panic! Just let it dry, every time I experimented on this, by the time it dried it looked great. I did a second coat just to hit a few spots that I missed the first time around and then took it inside to dry.
Step 4: Add Some Details...
This is the part I was fairly surprised about. I'm pretty darn impressed with my ship! Now I expect and hope to hear from you all in this part to tell me how I could have done it better because this is the one spot that I felt way out of my league.
What I found was the silver paint was a bit waterproof and was also a bit resistant to the icing I was going to use as paint. Why was I going to use icing? Because I had no clue what else might work. I used straight gel icing on parts and mixed it with decorating icing on other parts.
I dry brushed the whole ship with black gel to give it more texture and make it a little less shinny. If you are not familiar with dry brushing, take your paintbrush and get most of the paint off of it and then run it over the details of the ship. The idea is to leave a little paint on the edges but not actually paint the thing. I'm sure there's a better definition of dry brushing online, if you want to know more about it you can google it.
As you can see from the pictures I just basically found a pic on the web and tried to make it look as close to it. I'm not the best artist and there might be a better way of making it silver or a better way to color the black and red that would stick better, I went to the store and this is what I fond so I grabbed it.
Step 5: Wrap Thinks Up...
Last but not least, make sure you have a box big enough to store it in until you need it. I doubt it will go stale or anything but just seems like the right thing to do. If you are going to transport it like I have it packaged above, use a little more foil or something to keep it sliding back and fourth.
As you can see once on the cake, the stick were way too short. Even though I was assured it looked awesome it still wasn't quite what I had in mind. I don't know if I expected the cake to be 1/2 an inch tall or what but, lesson learned. I think I would have just made the cake too looking back at it all... The store did a great job but I might have been able to make them go together a little more?
The party was a success the cake and the Falcon were both destroyed. A couple people begged me not to break it but I told them if we eat this one, then I have a reason to make another :)
I would like to thank my support staff stat provided all kinds of creative criticism and for offering to eat my creation every step I took on it.
I hope you all enjoy, please leave me feedback, ask questions, give me ideas on how to improve it!
A special thank you to Parker for letting me know I needed to add "more detail", I'll get right on that.