My husband and I met through Star Wars almost 12 years ago. I saw it only fitting that I make him a Star Wars themed birthday cake, so I chose Han. I already had the deluxe Han in Carbonite ice mold and was debating the ways to make this cake. The mold itself is not very large. I was originally going to press fondant into the mold and then layer in cake on the inside. This didn't seem like a good idea since I needed enough cake for 20 people lol.
I ended up deciding to use only the bottom detail of the mold with the Han part (not the sides with the carbon chamber details). I poured in about 3/8" of chocolate and stuck him in the freezer... how fitting. I then set to making my Red Velvet recipe that friends and family have enjoyed for years (and was requested by the birthday man). I decided to make a 'plank' of cake to set the chocolate piece on. I did 3 layers of cake with a cream cheese frosting in between. I then carved the cake as evenly as possible to be flat on top and flat on the sides. The whole thing was covered in the rest of the cream cheese frosting and stuck in the freezer for 20 minutes.
I then used the Satin Ice brand of fondant and kneaded it out and rolled it out with some added corn starch. My kitchen was hot and a bit humid, so the fondant took that humidity to itself. I had to add corn starch a few times before it would hold it's shape without dropping. The cake I made back in November for my own birthday (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=429108.msg5123444#msg5123444
) did not have this problem since my kitchen was nice and cold and dry. With the help of my hubby, we were able to get the large sheet of fondant onto the cake
I actually cut out the middle of the fondant on the top (to the size of the giant Han chocolate) and carved out some cake to press him into the middle. I cut out the bits for the control panels on the sides of the carbonite block and used a dab of water to stick them to the body of the cake. I then dusted the whole thing in a pewter colored edible luster dust and finally pressed M&M's into the panels for the 'lights'.
We had the party at our favorite bar and the cake was a hit with the party as well as people who walked into the bar and saw it sitting there. The birthday man was happy and said it was the best cake I made for him yet, and I made him an R2D2 dome cake for his 30th birthday years ago lol. I had so much fun making this, I'm already thinking of what to make next