Han Solo in Carbonite

When Jakob asked me to copy this piece of Lego for his birthday cake, what could I do but accept the challenge?

First, I scaled up the Lego piece to make a template.  I baked several rectangular chocolate cakes, sandwiched them together with vanilla buttercream then carved the top into the approximate shape.

Adding syrup to molten chocolate creates a pliable medium (similar to a soft Tootsie Roll).  I used this to mould the cake’s surface details.

A quick spray of edible gold paint and voilà – “Han Solo in Carbonite” was ready to be consumed!