Darth Vader Cake
Most of our character cake pans come from the Goodwill, but this pan was purchased on line. I work with a guy that loves Star Wars. He has, and wears, a Darth Vader belt…yes, he is an adult! Anyway, this cake requires plenty of piping, but the results are worth the effort! You can use your favorite cake recipe and whatever frosting you like for piping.
To color the frosting, we used black cake gel. We wanted the cake to taste awesome so we made a swiss meringue buttercream to fill the cake and piped with it as well. Piping with a buutercream can be tricky, but with practice, it gets easier. This is my favorite buttercream recipe when I am strapped for time. The recipe comes from the Food Network.
For the frosting:
4 large egg whites
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
Make the frosting: Whisk the egg whites and sugar in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water) until the mixture is warm and the sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the bowl from the pan and beat with a mixer on medium-high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, 6 to 8 minutes. Beat in the almond extract, then beat in the butter a few pieces at a time. Continue beating until the frosting is smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. (Don’t worry if the mixture looks separated at first; keep beating and it will come together.)