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Awesome Homemade 3D Darth Vader Helmet Birthday Cake

I made this Darth Vader Birthday Cake for my son, Brady’s, 7th birthday party. I got the idea and the inspiration from a cake I saw here on coolest birthday cakes from another posting. I made three batches of chocolate cake and used three 9″ pans, a loaf pan and a stainless steel bowl to make the cake components.

I stacked the 9″ cakes on top of each other to make a three layer cake (using made from scratch peanutbutter chocolate frosting in between the layers) and placed the bowl shaped cake on top, using supports in the bottom layers and a cardboard round under the bowl cake to help hold up the weight of the cake.

I carved the front of the cakes for the mask and used a triangular shape of cake, cut from the loaf pan, to make the mouth part of the mask. Once the cake was compiled and carved, I buttercreamed everything and began to fondant the mask.

I used chocolate fondant, colored with black gel food coloring. The eyes were made with oval balls of fondant placed into the cake. The mouth grate was made with a triangle of the black fondant, scored with a knife in a criss-cross pattern and then painted with a silver glaze. For the rest of the helmet, I used some gumpaste at the base of the cakes to add the flair to the bottom of the helmet. This could be done by using cake as well.

Then I covered the helmet with the same black fondant and added all the rest of the details. To shine up the fondant, I used a food paint brush and brushed it lightly with water. At the birthday party, while I was cutting into the head, there were four little boys chanting, “Kill Darth, kill Darth!”

 Darath Vader Birthday Cake

 Darath Vader Birthday Cake

16 thoughts on “Awesome Homemade 3D Darth Vader Helmet Birthday Cake”

  1. I enjoy making 3-d cakes as well.
    (Last year I did R2D2), but my son
    wants Darth Vader this year!
    This inspires me, and I appreciate.
    The pics leading up to the final

  2. Hi there! What a fabulous cake!!! My son’s 5th bday is coming up and he wants a Darth Vader cake and I will be following your instructions and attempting to make it for him. Thank you so much for posting!

  3. I have a friend (an adult) who would LOVE this cake. Unfortunately I am not nearly talented enough to even attempt this so might have to convince someone else to do it for me, but I am totally impressed with your creation. I’m so glad I found this. Thank you for posting the pictures and such wonderful description of steps you took to create this.

  4. I’m going to be making a Darth Vader cake for a friend’s birthday in March & sort of had an idea on how to do it, but your instructions with pictures has really given me a clear outline & details I may have missed trying to figure it out on my own. Thanks for posting. Great job on the cake. Was wondering though about making the whole thing shiny with a very light coating of thinned out clear gel, have you ever tried that on anything & if so, how did it look?

  5. Great cake! What size stainless steel bowl did you use for the top of Vader’s head? Any idea of the diameter of the bowl? Also, how did you support the bottom layers? Did you put cardboard rounds under the 9″ cakes, too? If yes, how did you carve the face with the rounds in place?

    Again, fabulous job!


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