Ann Reardon

Marvel Avengers Cake

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Today we are making a Marvel Avengers cake with Iron Man’s mask, Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield, Hawkeye’s bow and arrow and of course Hulk’s massive green fist smashing through the top of the cake. HULK SMASH! This one was for a birthday party held at a public venue and it actually created a bit of a spectacle with lots of people stopping to stare and admire the cake. All part of the fun!

To make this Marvel Avengers Cake you will need:

Serves: I always find the number of serves tricky to estimate as it depends on how big you cut your slices and if there’s lots of other food at the party. Is this your only dessert? If so then you will want reasonable slices. However if the kids have already had lots of sweet food then your portions will be smaller.
To give some indication, the cake and frosting used to make this Marvel cake is enough to make 30 cupcakes, so if you’re cutting smaller sized portions you’ll serve 30. If you want dessert sized portions I’d say 20 people will be happy.

Fondant Cutting Templates:

1½ x the quantity of my favorite chocolate cake recipe in the world.
Baked in three round cake tins 20cm (7.87 inches) in diameter and one small bowl or large teacup the one I used was 12 cm (4.72 inches) in diameter at the top and 5cm (1.97 inches) at the base.

Simple Syrup:
1/4 cup or 55g (1.94 ounces) sugar mixed with 1/4 cup or 63g (2.22 ounces) of water. Heat until the sugar has just dissolved. Allow to cool and add some vanilla essence.

200g (7.05 ounces) milk chocolate
70millilitres (2.37 fluid ounces) or 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cream (35% fat)

120g (4.23 ounces) or 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp margarine or butter
1 1/3 cups or 165g (5.82 ounces) icing sugar
1/2 cup or 50g (1.76 ounces) cocoa powder

Heat the cream and pour over the chocolate. Leave for a minute and then stir until smooth. If you still have some unmelted chocolate microwave for 10 seconds at a time and stir. Leave to cool at room temperature over night or for an hour in the fridge.
Whip together the margarine and icing sugar until light an fluffy. Add the cocoa powder and mix well to combine. Finally add the ganache and whisk until smooth.

Rice Crispies Recipe:
200g (7.05 ounces) or 6 cups of rice bubbles
200g (7.05 ounces) or 2 1/3 cups of marshmallows

Melt the marshmallows in the microwave then stir though the rice crispies. You may want to do this in two smaller batches rather than one large bowl. It will be very sticky. Rub your hands with a little vegetable oil to allow you to handle the mixture.

Fondant and cake decorating supplies:
150g (5.29 ounces) black fondant
20g (0.71 ounces) white fondant
500g (17.64 ounces) green fondant
300g (10.58 ounces) red fondant
50g (1.76 ounces) brown fondant for the bow and arrow
250g (8.82 ounces) blue fondant for the shield and to cover the board
500g (17.64 ounces) ivory fondant to cover the cake
powdered blue food colouring
gold and silver edible luster dust
optional: cake shine spray to spray on the mask.
A strong round cake board 10inch (25.4 centimetres) diameter

1 large sized kitkat
1 boost bar or similar for the handle of thors hammer.
100g (3.53 ounces) compound white chocolate

Below is a summary of steps please see the video for detailed instructions.

Remember all these fondant details can be made up to a few weeks ahead and just left to air dry for a few days and then stored in a container to protect from dust.
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Hulks Fist
Use rice crispies to make the shape of hulks fist. Then add a cake pop stick into the middle of the fist and stand it in a tissue box or similar to hold it upright. Add a strip of fondant along each finger. Then add snakes of fondant for tendons down the back of the hand. Cover the fist in green fondant. Draw in the details on the fist using a knife. Brush with blue powdered food colour to add shading.

Iron Mans Mask
Make the ironmans mask out of rice crispies in the size shown on the template. Then take the side profile template and add/build it up where needed.
Cover the mask in two layers of red fondant. Use the flat part of a knife to make the straight line across where the eyes and mouth are and sharpen the edges around the jaw line.
Then use your knife to indent on each side of the cheek. Roll out some black, cut out the template pieces and brush with gold luster dust.
Place a strip of white across the eye area then add the mask. Use a knife to make indents where shown on the template.
The mask shape is based on the iron man suit Mark 43 from the Avengers Age of Ultron movie.

Thors Hammer
To make Thors hammer (mjolnir) cut the kitkats to the length shown on the template and stack 3 high. “glue” together with some melted compound white chocolate. Take the left over white compound chocolate and add 1 teaspoon of milk to make it seize. We will use this for rocks.
Cut the chocolate bar to the correct length for the handle. Wrap the kitkat stack in black fondant. Roll a snake of black, dust with silver and wrap around the handle.
Add a ball of black fondant to the end of the hammer, shape and brush with silver.
Remove a circle of fondant from the base of the hammer. Turn it upside down and add some compound white chocolate to glue the handle into place. Add a thin strip of fondant around the join.
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Hawk Eyes Bow and Arrow
Take a thin strip of black and line it up with the template standing it on it’s side. Then take an extra bit and roll it up at one end, trim it off and add it to the top of the bow on each side.
Roll a thin snake for the arrow, then use your fingers to shape a tip and add it to the end.
Flatten out some brown fondant and trim it to the shape shown on the template. Then using a tiny bit of water join it to the black. Then do the same on the other side. Follow the template to add strips of brown on the other lines and then use a fine piping tip to add an indent on each of the bigger solid sections.
Brush the arrow in silver and the tiny bit at the front of the bow too. Leave to dry out.

Thors Cape Buttons
Flatten out some black fondant, cut out two circles and then using a star piping tip push down into the circle to give indents around the circle. Brush with silver luster dust.

Captain Americas Shield
Cut a small circle of blue then a bigger one of red. Take out the blue sized circle from the centre of the red to make a ring and add around the blue. Cut out a black ring in the next size up, brush with silver luster dust. Then place that over the top. Repeat with red.
Use your template to cut out a star and then brush it silver and add it to the top.
Make a rounded mound of fondant slightly smaller than the shield and add the shield on top. If you don’t have a couple of days to leave this to dry out then you’ll need to add tylose to the fondant so that it dries in time for you to stand it up.captain america cake

Now for the actual cakes, make 1 and ½ times the chocolate cake recipe and bake it three round tins 8inch (20.32 centimetres) in diameter. Then put some mixture into a wide teacup or narrow bowl this is going to be for hulk’s wrist.

Once your cakes are cool, level them off and add some simple syrup to the top of each layer.
Layer the cakes with buttercream in between them, cover the whole cake in a thin layer of frosting. Place in the fridge for 1 hour.

With the teacup cake trim off two sides to make it flatter and then cover in frosting.

Add another coat of frosting over the top of the cake smoothing as shown in the video.
Cover the cake in ivory colored fondant and trim off the excess.

Take a strong cake board and roll out some blue fondant thinly on top. Then trim around the edge using a knife.

Lift up the cake and transfer it to the cake board placing it nearer to the back. Roll out a snake of the ivory fondant and add it around the base of the cake to make the join look neat.

Cover the the tea cup cake in green fondant and make indents for tendons. Place the wrist gently on top of the cake toward the back and mark the outline. Remove the wrist and then using black gel food colour paint ‘cracks’ on the cake.
Add wrist back on top and add two cake pop sticks for support. Then push the fist down into the wrist.

Roll out some thin red fondant for Thor’s cape and drape it over one side of the cake coming up to the base of the wrist. Add the two buttons and then Thor’s hammer.

Roll a little strip of brown fondant and add it to the base of the hammer letting it drape down.

Position iron mans mask on one side of the cake and captain americas shield to the other. Then position hawk eyes bow and arrow on the cape.
Add the seized white chocolate pieces for rubble on top and around the base of the cake.
Add the birthday child’s name to the front of the cake.

Special shout out to Joyce from joyliciouscakes this cake was inspired by a cake she made, design idea used with permission. Please note she does not take orders, but you can go and show her some love on her fb page.

When you make the cake remember to put a photo of your version in the comments below, I’d love to see it.

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by Ann Reardon How To Cook That

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196 Comments View Comments

  1. Hello!
    I’m planning on making this cake for my sons birthday next Sunday. I was wondering if you have a suggestion for a vanilla cake recipe to use instead of the chocolate? Thanks!

  2. Made it

    • Hi Amanda, your cake looks amazing! Great job on the Hulk fist.

  3. Hello. I love the cake and want to do a hulk fist but i cant find the template you mentioned in you video


    • Sorry I just realized that you have to buy them, thank you.

    • Hi Tanya, Click on the Buy it now button and this will enable you to purchase the template. Alternatively select the ‘Shop’ tab from the menu above and you will find all Ann’s templates available there.

  4. Hi! Awesome cake, my son loves it! You are so skilled! Would you recommend fully assembling it the night before or on the day of the party? I’m worried about the cake collapsing under the weight of the fist? Will the cake pops be OK to hold it over night until the next day?


    • Hi Kay, The day prior is advisable and most people have no problem with the weight of the fist but better to be safe than sorry.

  5. Hi Ann,
    Thankyou so much for your tutorial on the Avengers cake. I set out on a mission to make one for my sons 1st birthday and as Im only new to cake making I thought I would give it a try and if it failed id just buy one. Well your rice bubble recipe was so much fun and actually found myself making 2 iron man masks to see which one turned out better. It was so much fun. I changed it around a bit as I wanted a rectangle cake and was quite proud of myself with the finished product. Noone could believe I had actually made it. Have a look and hope you like it.
    Thanks again Kira

    • That’s great to hear Kira!!

  6. Thank you! This was the first time I every tried to tackle a cake like this. Everyone was impressed and loved it and my son was thrilled.

    • Wow you did a brilliant job!

    • This looks amazing!! Well done!

  7. How did you get your pieces to look shiny? What did you add to the fondant?

    • Hi Majorie, if needed you can use an edible ‘shine’ or ‘glaze’ spray to create a gloss. You can also use a luster dust where appropriate to create a sheen.

  8. also noticed that you dont have the butter cream recipe with gonash how do you do this? if possible how to make the fondants/ thank you

  9. if we buy the fondant can they be used immediately or needs to be to dry or w.e for weeks? weeks is more like?

    • Hi Majorie, If you buy fondant you can store it till you need to use it and left over fondant can also be stored. If you are asking if the made up decorations like the shield etc.need time to dry before assembling the cake, then yes it is usually best to let them dry out before assembling the cake. You can make them well ahead but a few days is usually sufficient.

      • thank you i did my own fondant last night. looks about right (second trial) lol but bought store fondant for back up. so its safe to start doing the shield, fist, bow, mask and in 7 days it will be good to go?

        • Hi Majorie, Give it a go. We can’t tell you for sure as it depends on your environment, but seven days should be plenty.

  10. Hi. I am 13 years old and I LOVE cake decorating. Your channel is amazing and I am a big fan of yours. When I grow up I want to be a professional cake decorator/ baker like you. I made this cake for my brother’s birthday. Thank you for the great ideas!!!!

    • That is great to hear Sabrina.

  11. Hi Ann!

    I read in your recipe, that a lot of these decorations need to be made in advance, for them to have enough time to dry out. Can you please mention here, against each one of the decorations how many days they would need to dry out, respectively:

    Iron Man’s mask,
    Thor’s hammer,
    Captain America’s shield,
    Hawkeye’s bow and arrow
    Hulk’s green fist

    From what I understand, Captain America’s shield and Hawkeye’s bow and arrow can be made a couple of weeks ahead, and Iron Man’s mask, Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield need to be made a day before? Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Hi Bhavna, It will depend on your environment but you could make the shield and bow and arrow well ahead (a couple of weeks) and the others 2 or 3 days ahead.

  12. Hello Ann. Thank you for your website and videos, it really inspires me! That was my first fondant cake, so i was really proud 🙂 Greetings, Linda.

    • Great work Linda!

  13. You have said to use 3x 8ins 20cm cake tins and to use a 10ins cake board but the board looks a lot bigger on the photo, would be much room on a 10ins board for the other item ?

    • Hi Christine, Ann fitted everything on but there wasn’t a lot of extra room. If you are concerned, then just use a larger size for the base.

  14. I’m 15 years old and I love to make cakes. Thank you Ann Reardon for this wonderful idea. I had lots of fun making the cake.

    • Great job Thimhali! This is a very impressive effort for someone who is only 15.

  15. Thank you for this, I was contemplating what to do for my cousins 5th birthday and the day before his birthday I saw this and then did it all night!
    Due to the time – I used the rice bubble mix as a base for Captain Americas shield because the fondant wouldn’t have enough time and I didn’t have the spray and also used it for the Hulks wrist as I had no oven proof mug and the muffin tin were too small
    Thanks again!

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      • Awesome work Grace. You cake looks fabulous!!

  16. Do I have to pay for the template?

    • Hi Ally, Ann provides the video tutorial for free. The templates are purchasable from the shop page or via the ‘buy it now’ button on the blog page.

  17. Hey Ann thank you so much on your tutorial, it was super easy and so much fun to make.. And most importantly my son loved it. I will be definitely be downloading much more of you fantastic cake templates!!!!

    • Thank you again 🙂

    • Thank you again

      • Your cake looks amazing and that is one happy boy!

  18. Thanks for the fantastic template and tutorial… Freddie LOVED his cake!

    • Fabulous work Nikk & Adrian.

  19. Hi Ann, I would love to have a go at making the fist our of Rice Crispies but can find the template to download – are you able to help.
    The ideal of using the Rice Crispies is amazing. Mandy.

    • hi Mandy, just go to the Avengers recipe page & click on the ‘buy it now’ button for the template. Have fun 🙂

  20. I am going to be making this cake in March and I was wondering if I could make the shield and the bow ahead of time and freeze them? Also would I be able to freeze the crispie and marshmallow mixture for Hulk’s fist and Iron Man’s mask with them decorated with the fondant?

    • Hi Rebekka, you can make the fondant decorations ahead and let them dry out, then store in an airtight container. The crispie based items wouldn’t freeze well. You could make them a day or so ahead, let them firm up and cover with fondant. Let the fondant dry.

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