How to Make a Darth Vader Birthday Cake With Fondant

Go beyond ordinary cakes and engage in battle with the forces of sweet darkness by serving Darth Vader's head on a platter at your next themed gathering. With a little practice, any amateur baker can create a remarkable, expert-looking cake that will please "Star Wars" fans of all ages.

Fondant, whether premade or homemade, gives the cake a professional, satiny finish that can help mask minor mistakes. May the force be with you...

Stack the three 9 inch round cakes together. Use frosting between each cake to act as an adhesive.

Measure the height of the cakes. Cut plastic dowels to the exact height and insert at least four dowels into the cakes. Place the cardboard round on top to help support the weight of the finished product.

Place the bowl shaped cake on top of the cardboard circle, with the round side facing upward.

Carve the mask features from the front of the cakes. Use a picture as a guide. Cut a thick triangle from a spare cake, baked in a loaf pan, for the mouthpiece of the mask. Use frosting as an adhesive for any parts you attach. Cover the entire assembled creation with frosting.

Melt 907gr of mini-marshmallows with 4 tablespoons of water in a microwave. Stir every 30 seconds until the marshmallows are completely melted.

Add 1.36 Kilogram of icing sugar to the marshmallow mix.

Grease your hands and the workspace generously with shortening. Dump the marshmallow mixture on the counter and knead the mixture. Slowly knead in another 1 pound of icing sugar. Add more water if the mixture tears easily. Knead in the water 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue kneading until the fondant resembles a firm elastic ball that can stretch without tearing. Add food colouring by slowly kneading in black gel food colouring until the desired colour emerges.

Roll the icing until it forms a circle 1/4 inch thick. Drape the fondant over the cake, starting in the centre. Smooth the fondant by applying light pressure with a smoothing tool or flat-sided glass. Use a pizza cutter to trim the excess from around the cake.

Create two identical balls of fondant from the excess. Use these to form the eyes of Vader's mask. Attach them to the cake with gentle pressure. Use a picture as a guide to place fondant strips and other accents to the cake.