This photo shows how I stacked the cake on the board. Please be aware to keep the cake from touching any metal I covered each board and flange in fondant and covered the center pipe with a clean PVC pipe.
You can see here that the flange and board were both covered in fondant. The top board was then screwed into place essentially sandwiching the cake between the two boards.
After the board was in place I iced and covered the entire body of the nutcracker in one seamless piece of fondant. I then added all of the details such as piping and buttons.
Next, I covered the PVC legs in fondant and added his boots as well. I used piping gel to make the fondant stick to the PVC pipe. The boots were made by shaping rice cereal treats, and then covering them in fondant.
Here is the structure we used for the arms. Two (1/2 inch) PVC pipes with caps on one end and styrofoam balls hot glued to the other end. Jason pre-drilled holes in the arms so that we could drill them into the top board when they were covered in fondant.
In this picture you can kind of see the drill hole that was made to attach the arm to the structure. I then covered that hole with a fondant button and nobody knew it was there.
The head was an 8" styrofoam ball that I covered in fondant and attached to the board using hot glue. Please be aware that the body of the nutcracker was made from 6" cakes so we needed a larger head in order for him to look proportional.
I used cotton candy to made the hair and beard of the nutcracker. Unfortunately I learned the hard way that cotton candy does not hold up well for long periods of time so if using this technique I would suggest placing it on the head right before you are about to display the cake. I loved the way the cotton candy made the nutcracker look; I just wish it had held up longer.
The cake was really tall with the hat on top. As you can see here it was over 3ft tall with the hat, which is why I wanted to be able to remove the hat for transport. The cake was roughly 28" tall without the hat on the head. I am not quite sure exactly how tall the legs or body were. I know the body portion of the cake was roughly 12" tall, so the legs were probably a bit shorter than that. You can however, choose how tall you would like to make your own cake. Please be aware that I do not have exact heights or dimensions for the PVC structure. We kind of eyeballed what we thought would look good and went with that. So if you want to have a much shorter nutcracker just shorten the everything on the structure until you think it looks proportional. However, keep in mind when shorten the legs and body you will also need to make the cake smaller to make the proportions look correct.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will use it to make your own nutcracker cake. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays.