Darth Vader Cupcakes are the perfect way to celebrate Star Wars Day. You don’t have to go over to the dark side to enjoy these tasty treats!
Darth Vader Cupcakes
I am not exactly sure when May The Fourth became an “official” holiday, but as my kids have grown, it has become a big one in my household. May the fourth be with you and you and you!
Surrounded by all things Star Wars on this special day, these Darth Vader cupcakes will be the perfect centerpiece.
While any Star Wars fan will want to eat these edible images, they are more complicated than most of my recipes, so give yourself some extra time. When they are done though, they are very cool.
They’re excellent for Star Wars weekends or birthday parties as well!
- You can choose to make chocolate cupcakes or vary the cake flavor if you prefer.
- The Darth Vader heads take at least 5 hours to set. You may want to make them before baking your cupcakes, but do what works best for you.
- Make sure that Darth Vader’s head is completely dry before lifting it from the wax paper for the best results.
- An airbrush is used to paint the silver color onto the frosting, but you can omit that step.
- If you would prefer chocolate frosting, you can use that instead or swirl both the white and chocolate together in the piping bag.
How To Make Darth Vader Cupcakes Recipe
Darth Vader Cupcakes and Frosting
1 box white cake mix (likely includes eggs/oil/water, so check the requirements)
2 containers of white frosting
Black, blue, white, and/or green ball sprinkles
Darth Vader Royal Icing
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3 cups powdered sugar
black food coloring
2 12-count cupcake tins
24 black cupcake liners
Piping bags with pastry tips
Cake decorating airbrush (optional)
Stand mixer with beaters
Medium mixing bowl
Kitchen spoon or wooden spoon
How to Make Darth Vader Cupcakes And Icing
Step 1: Preheat your oven to the temperature on your white cake box instructions. Mix and bake according to the 24 cupcakes directions.
Step 2: Check your cupcakes with a toothpick to make sure they are done and allow them to cool on wire racks for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 3: For the frosting, you can do one of two things.
Frosting Option 1: Take a knife and frost the cupcakes as you would regular cupcakes. To look like the photos, you’ll have to do it a bit differently.
Frosting Option 2: For this method, scoop your frosting into a pastry bag with your choice of frosting tip.
Frost your cupcakes with a good amount of icing (which is why you will likely need much of a second container).
If you have an airbrush, brush your white frosting with silver. (If you don’t have an airbrush, skip this and leave the frosting white.)
Step 4: Add blue, white, green, and/or black sprinkles to the cupcakes.
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How To Make Darth Vader Helmets
Step 1: Take out your stand mixer and add your powdered sugar and cream of tartar to the bowl. Mix gently to combine.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, beat your two egg whites and then add them to the sugar combination. Beat the entire mixture for about 5 minutes or until you see a thick consistency.
Step 3: Take 1/3 of the thickened Royal Icing and place it in a pastry bag, tying it off to seal it. This will keep the icing moist, as it can dry out quickly. Place the other 2/3 of the Royal Icing in a medium bowl.
Step 4: Add about 1 tsp of black food coloring to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
If you think that you need to darken it a little more, add another drop or two and mix again. Place the black Royal Icing in a second pastry bag and tie it off.
Step 5: Take a piece of waxed paper and tape it down to a countertop or cookie sheet. Using my image as an example and using a #2C/Large Star tip on the black Royal Icing bag, draw the outside of the Darth Vader head onto the waxed paper.
If you want something to trace, you can print out my image or do a Google search for another image of Darth Vader’s head and cut it out.
Place this image under the waxed paper to make tracing easier. After tracing the outside, fill in the middle completely with black Royal Icing.
Step 6: Take your smallest pastry tip and place it on your white Royal Icing bag.
Draw on the facial designs per the images in this post. You’ll want to draw lines for the helmet, the eyes, eyebrows, cheeks, and mouth.
Create 24 of these heads in total (or less/more depending on how many cupcakes you ended up with).
Step 7: Allow them to dry for at least 5 hours. After 5 hours (or more), test the Darth Vader heads by pushing gently on them. If there is any give, they are not dry enough.
Step 8: Once Darth Vader is dry, very gently peel Darth Vader’s head off the waxed paper.
Step 9: Make a tiny slice in the top of the frosting and insert Darth Vader into the top of each cupcake.
Do this for each Darth Vader cupcake and you are done! May the fourth be with you!
Are You Looking For More Fun Cupcake Recipes? Here Are Some Of My Favorites:
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- Candy Filled Pinata Cupcakes
- Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
- Frozen Cupcakes That Elsa Would Love
- Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes
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Celebrate May the Fourth with these awesome Star Wars Darth Vader cupcakes! The will be the highlight of your celebration! May the fourth be with you! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. This calculation is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or dietician. This calculator is a guide, but makes no guarantee of being exact or fully accurate.
Darth Vader Cupcakes
Cupcakes and Frosting
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g
Celebrate May the Fourth with these awesome Star Wars Darth Vader cupcakes! The will be the highlight of your celebration! May the fourth be with you!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
This calculation is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or dietician. This calculator is a guide, but makes no guarantee of being exact or fully accurate.
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Hello! Thank you for sharing these Vader cupcakes! They look fantastic! I was wondering, I didn’t see an image here of Vader I could trace? Not sure if maybe a link got broken or image didn’t appear?
Alli Doubek says
I’m sorry, I don’t currently have a tracing printable, but the easiest way to do this is to print one of my photos to trace. You can also take a tracing paper and place it on a tablet or computer screen to trace that way. Good luck!