Basing it on a cartoon image made it easier to divide the transformer into segments that could be molded and then later assembled together. Bamboo skewers cut to size gave the figure some structure and stability. Then it was just a matter of ‘gluing’ the pieces together using egg whites (which actually works quite well as glue!)
The fondant was coloured with Wilton’s Lemon Yellow gel colouring and since black is almost impossible to mix, I just used some ready mixed black fondant for the accent pieces. Wilton’s food colouring markers are also a great way to add the small detail lines on some of the different pieces.
The hardest part was ensuring that the figure would actually be able to stand. It took a bit of fiddling and molding to get the legs and feet in the right position to support the rest of the body but it is kind of like playing with Play Doh so a little fun too!
When creating figures with fondant or even gum paste, you need to start several days in advance so that the fondant can dry and harden. If assembled with fresh fondant, the standing figure would quickly be a blob in a few hours. I created the various pieces with the skewers already place and then let everything dry for a few days. It is important to also make the holes that the skewers will be attaching to while the fondant is somewhat soft because once dry, you will never be able to push the skewers into place to attach the pieces together. You can let the pieces dry a bit first so they hold their shape but don’t wait to long.
Once dry, a paint brush and egg whites can glue it all together. I even used a bit of egg white to ‘glue’ the transformer to the cake itself to ensure that it didn’t fall over.