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asked November 26th 2012

Darth Vader Cake !

Hi Everyone,

I have been asked to make a Darth Vader Cake for my nephew. I have bought the cake tin shaped as his head (Darth’s not the nephews!) complete with mask.

My question is does anyone have any suggestions as to what medium I should use before I put the icing on? The reason I ask is that I don’t want to lose any of the fine details that are in the tin.

I was thinking of a pouring ganache but was afraid it may ‘pool’ around the eye sockets?


I think I would probably go for apricot jam as it will make it sticky but you won’t lose any of the detail?!


Hi Jgibb,

I have used the Darth Vader head shaped tin.

Before I put the cake mixture in the tin, I used trex to grease the tin. Just make sure you trex it thoroughly. The cooked cake came out the tin really easily (just make sure you remove it from the tin, while the cake is still warm). To keep the detail of Darth Vader, I then covered the cake with a thin lining of buttercream and used pieces of icing to emphasize certain areas of the face. I then covered the cake with a good layer of black icing.

You can see a picture of the Darth Vader cake on my facebook page ‘Carpel’s Creative Cakes’ in the adult novelty cakes album.

Hope this is helpful.

Good luck


Hi Jgibb

I was looking at this cake also and found this link http://valaree.net/Instructions/DarthVader.pdf. The only thing that’s putting me off is butter cream icing which I can’t stand making. If I do it I’ll use piped ganache. x


Hi Everyone,

Thank you for your answers…madeitwithlove I don’t like butter cream also and thanks for the link. I have looked at a few on the internet for ideas.

Thank you Doodlecake, a good idea that I will probably do…

Carpel your cake looks amazing, it is how I imagine mine to be…can you tell me the amount of fondant it took as I can’t gauge it?

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