The perfect centerpiece to your Star Wars party, this BB8 combines two of everyone’s favorites: cake and crispy rice cereal treat. The cake gets its perfect shape from the Sports Ball Pan Set. Decorator Preferred Rolled Fondant creates the perfect surface and details that make this droid look like he jumped off the theater screen.
Make treats crispy rice treats. When mixture has cooled but is still pliable, form a 4 in. ball. Cut about 1 in. off bottom; roll edge on counter to soften cut edge.
Cover cake and cereal treat with fondant. Lightly ice cake and cereal treat with icing. Roll out 28 oz. white fondant to 1/8 in. thickness. Cut as needed to cover cake and treats.
Tint fondant. Tint 10 oz. fondant orange using orange, Christmas red and brown icing color. Tint 6 oz. of fondant gray with black icing color. Tint 1 oz. fondant black.
Decorate body with fondant. Roll out orange and gray fondant separately 1/8 in. thick. Imprint pattern onto fondant using toothpick. Cut pieces using craft knife. Use tips 2A and 12 to cut dots and inside curves from gray fondant. Attach fondant pieces to body cake with damp brush.
Decorate head with fondant. Roll out all fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a gray circle with straight side of “A” cutter; cut out the center using the straight “C” cutter. Attach to top of head with damp brush. Cut a gray 14 in. x 1/4 in. strip, attach around the bottom of the head. Using the large end of tip 12, cut out a gray circle; set aside.
Cut an orange 8 in. x 1/8 in. strip. Attach ¼ in. beneath the top gray circle, leaving a 1½ in. space for the eyes. Cut a 12 in. x 1 in. strip; cut into rectangles of various widths. Attach pieces above the bottom gray strip.
Make fondant eyes. Roll a 1 in. ball of black fondant and flatten slightly to about 1 ½ in. Attach for eye, below gray ring at the space in the orange ring. Roll out remaining black fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut a circle using the large end of tip 2A; cut out the center using the large end of tip 12 to make a ring. Attach with damp brush below and to the right of black fondant ball. Roll a ½ in. black fondant ball; elongate slightly and attach to center black ring.
Cut a second ring of black fondant, using small ends of tip 2A and tip 12. Attach with damp brush below the large eye and above the bottom strip; attach reserved gray circle from step 6 to center of ring.
Emboss details. Use the veining tool to emboss pattern details on the head and body. Use craft knife to lightly emboss lines on gray ring on head. Use the small end of tip 3 to mark small screw indents on head and body.
Add color detail. Mix together equal parts brown Color Dust and orange Color Dust. Brush along the edges and embossed details of the orange fondant pieces. Brush black Pearl Dust along the embossed detail of the white body parts. Combine 1 teaspoon silver Pearl Dust and 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract. Brush over grey fondant pieces.
Assemble your treat. Cut one lollipop stick to 3 ½ in. and one to 2 ½ in. Stick 1 in. into the back of the head.
To attach head to body, insert 2 sticks into top of body, leaving 2 in. exposed. Lower head over sticks, positioning head to make it level.
Add final details. Using red icing color, paint the tip of the back antenna. Also, paint a red dot in the center of the big eye.
For white eye details, thin down ½ teaspoon icing using flat brush. Paint brush embroidery ring on eyes. Add dots of icing with brush.