This is a Darth Vader cake that I copied from a cake on your website. It was the first time that I ever attempted fondant, so it is not great, but it was fun to make and I am pretty proud of it. I used home made marshmallow fondant which was easy to use, but a word to the wise, be careful when using the food color gel because if you use too much, it will give your fondant a bitter flavor.
I made 2, 9 inch round cakes and then baked a cake in a stainless steel bowl (Cook according to bundt pan directions so your cake will cook thoroughly). I always freeze the cakes before I cut them and shape them so it is easier. Also, the extra cake that I cut off, I put in a bowl and mashed it with icing into a dough that I used to fill in gaps and spaces. When I was done covering with the fondant and had everything done, I painted on a little water to smooth out messies and make it look shiny.
This was all done in July in Georgia so it was very humid, so Darth sweated black sweat and my fingernails were black for a week (wear gloves!!). Anyway, I could not have done it without the advise from the people on this site! Thanks so much!!
I made this Darth Vader cake for my son's 4th birthday. He is a huge Star Wars fan. I searched the web for a picture of Darth Vader that I blew up to the size I wanted and then printed it out. I then used it as an outline for the cake. I wanted the cake to be some what dimensional so I built up the mouth section and middle of helmet up with the extra cake pieces that I had left over from making the shape I wanted.
Once these sections were built up I just used a butter cream icing and tinted it black (this took a ton of food coloring to get it just the right color of black). I also used the black butter cream icing to build up the eyebrows to make it look more like Darth's helmet. I used red food gel for the eyes and white/silver food gel for the accents on his mouth piece. I used a funfetti boxed caked mix for the cake!
It is kind of hard to see the built up sections of the cake from the pictures, but it turned out really well. My son and all our party goers loved it!
My husband is a huge Star Wars fan, and is a fan of the Dark Side. I had planned to make a sheet cake and then cut out a Vader helmet, but once I made the cake I decided to outline the Vader helmet free hand. I used yellow cake mix, white frosting, and 4 black Wilton tubes frosting and 1 green/black swirl tube frosting. I made the helmet outline in the white frosting and then used the writing tip to outline parts of the helmet on the inside. After the outlines were made it was time to fill it in. The black/green was suppose to be a star burst affect but I ran out of the frosting so it didn't turn out completely the way I planned so you will 2 of the swirl tubes. I added a Vader candle and this cake about 4 hours to decorate.