The reason I did not put this in the recipe part of the forum: Although this project is edible, I did not make it for the sake of eating it. I made it to tell a story.
Some background: In the spring semester of 2006, I took a student-run class at my university in which we read fiction concerning "leftover gods", the gods that settlers brought to America and forgot about. For some reason, the majority of our discussions and readings were about Norse mythology. For the final project, which my entire grade depended on, I could pick anything to make, as long as it had to do with what we learned... so I made an edible battlefield. Obviously, this class was not very serious.
Basically, I made a graham cracker Valhalla (Odin's home), Odin, Loki, Thor, and various Vikings fighting to the death for Odin's glory. In one corner is the well where Odin's other eye resides. I also made Yggdrasill, the World Tree, with a little Ratatosk in it out of paper (not included in these pictures), because I couldn't figure out how to make it edible. In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, you might want to check out Wikipedia's entry for "norse mythology".
For this project, I used: chocolate graham crackers, Teddy Grahams, Cocoa Pebbles, green crystal sugar spinkles, chocolate frosting, red and black icing, a part of a marshmellow, and two pretzel sticks.
The project as a whole:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06b.jpg
From behind Valhalla:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06c.jpg
The battle in general:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06i.jpg
A close-up. Odin has a goofy look on his face and Thor is holding his hammer and yelling. Teddy Graham Vikings are slain and icing blood is strewn everywhere:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06f.jpg
A close-up. Loki is standing by the spear that was just thrown to dedicate the battle to Odin, yelling. More Vikings are slain and one poor little guy who's been gutted is still alive http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06e.jpg
Another close-up, just like the previous two:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06d.jpg
A lone little scared Viking, hiding behind the well with Odin's eye in it:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06g.jpg
Two more Vikings hiding behind Valhalla, one injured:http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s5/avadakefatta/leftovergodsfinal5-2-06h.jpg
I had so much fun making this, you have no idea. And it only took me an hour!
First, I built Valhalla using chocolate frosting as glue. I put the frosting in a ziplock bag and cut the tip of one corner off for a makeshift decorating bag.
In retrospect, I probably should have put the "grass" down before Valhalla, but it all turned out great anyway. I spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting all over the baking pan, then sprinkled the green crystal all over for grass, and cocoa pebbles for gravel.
The well was built in layers with chocolate frosting and cocoa puffs.
The best part was making the facial expressions of the Vikings. The black icing was difficult to work with at first, but I soon got the hang of it (after messing up and eating many, many teddy grahams). Odin's eyes are made of small bits of marshmellow rolled up into tiny balls with dots of black icing on them. Thor's hammer and the spear that Loki is holding are (obviously) made of pretzel.
I used chocolate frosting to hold all of my Vikings up and in their places, and red icing for the blood. It took me a while to figure it out, but with a certain ratio of squiggles:smushed red icing, I got the gore to look pretty good, I think.
I managed to transport this halfway across town on a public bus without damaging it in any way (it was actually pretty sturdy after I turned cool air onto it with a fan). After presenting it to my instructors (and receiving much praise), I brought it back home and the guys on my dorm floor promptly ate it. When I got the pan back, all that was left were small smears of chocolate frosting, lol.
I also make themed cakes (a Nintendo 64 and controller for my little brother's birthday, my dog's head for my mom's birthday, and Nevada for my high school teacher's retirement), but I don't know which part of the forum to put them in... misc or recipes? Can't tell. If anyone has a clue, could you let me know? Thanks.