Darth Vader Cake


Celebrate your favorite Star Wars villain with this Darth Vader Cake. Great for birthdays or Father’s Day, this shaped character cake is sure to be a hit with Jedi’s of all ages. The Darth Vader character pan also outlines all the strong features for you, making decorating this cake easy for even the newest of decorators.
Skill Level: Easy

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Step 1

Use 2 1/2 cups chocolate buttercream icing. Tint black and use for all decorating.

Step 2

For eyes, inside of helmet, nose opening and inner chin area, pipe in with tip 3. Pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch

Step 3

For outlines on inner chin area, pipe outlines with tip 2.

Step 4

For outlines on helmet areas, eyes and face areas (except mouth), pipe outlines with tip 3.

Step 5

For outlines inside mouth and around mouth, pipe outlines with tip 5.

Step 6

For zigzags in inner chin area, pipe zigzags with tip 1.

Step 7

For remaining areas of cake, pipe stars with tip 16.

Step 8

For bolts at end of cheek lines, pipe dots with tip 5.

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Black Icing Color

Black Icing Color

cornstarch

cornstarch

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Two-layer cake mix or make favorite layer cake recipe

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Disposable Decorating Bags

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Cake Board

Cake Board

Fanci-Foil Wrap

Fanci-Foil Wrap

The Zigzag is a popular way to fill in outlined areas, perfect for ribbed sweater and cuff effects. You can also use tight zigzags to cover the entire side of your cake—they look great!

Characters or designs are often outlined first, then piped in with stars or zigzags. Outlines can also be used for facial features.

The star tip creates the most celebrated, easily accomplished decorations! The serrated edges of the star tip make ridges in the icing as you squeeze it out. Because fill in requires so much piping from the same bag, keep replenishing icing in bag.

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Darth Vader Cake is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I made this cake for my son's 5th birthday and it was a big hit, plus very easy to make. Purchased Wilton black frosting in tube from Target as tinting true black is too difficult and usually tastes bitter. Regular tips easily attach to the tubes. Also bought Wilton black sparkle gel (at Target) for the outlines and the eyes of the Vader mask. The smooth shininess of the sparkle gel made a great contrast with the matte black of the rest of the cake and really helped define the features. My son loved it!
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I made this cake for a family member's birthday. It was amazing. The black icing was the most difficult part and that's even starting with brown. Once the icing was to a suitable color, it was only a matter of minutes to get the stars on and then, making adjustments to the instructions, I put the outlines on after - using a sparkling black gel in a tube. This allowed the outlines to show through easier & made the dimension/depth of things more realistic. Everyone loved the cake!!!
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total disaster I followed the instructions to a T - used solid shortening and dusted with flour etc. Only thing I didn't do is use a boxed mix because I could never feed that to my guests. But I used a moist recipe. Let it cool in the pan, cut down around the edges. A chunk in the middle came out and the rest is still glued in. I am trying to scrape it out to see if I can build a cake out of a pile of crumbs and ice it together. Total disaster and I am really disappointed.
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Loved making this cake, just time and patience needed. I used a runny batter mixture (have a child with diary and egg allergy) also made it as a chocolate cake, made mistakes or small gaps in the icing barely noticeable. Got lots of oohs and aahs when it was brought out.
Date published: 2013-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing My best friend loves everything Star Wars. I saw this pan and knew I had to try it. I've never done anything more than a basi frosting on a cake and was a little nervous. It turned out Amazing for my first decorative cake. I was able to frost it in only 20 minutes too!!!
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from First of all, I highly recommend using a cake mix. I tried using a cake-from-scratch recipe, and it produced way too much batter, which dripped all over my oven. But a regular Duncan Hines cake mix was fine. Second, I used the Wilton black food coloring gel, but realized belatedly that there is only so dark you can get black frosting before it starts to taste weird. I'd rather have just a so-so black that still tastes chocolatey and delicious than keep trying for that deep, dark, glossy black that tastes weird. Third, I followed the instructions but found them a little confusing. Smoothing things out with a corn-startch coated finger only produced a powdery mess - next time I'd use olive oil or something else slick and clear to smooth things out. Also, maybe it was just me but I kept getting confused as to which parts I was supposed to pipe or not pipe: saying "inner chin area" or "except mouth" isn't helpful. Next time I'll just look at the photo and follow that as best I can. My cake still came out OK, and thankfully this was my "practice cake" before my son's 4th birthday next month.
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I just made this cake Sunday, and for my first novelty cake it came out great! I did have some difficulty defining the lines around the mask but you could still tell it was Darth.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My step-son loved his cake. The only difficult part is making the out lines noticeable. Other than that, it just takes time and patience.
Date published: 2012-11-08
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