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. Hi , just wondering how many weeks ahead I could do this . Kind regards Trudie

    • Hi Trudie, The cake is best made fresh, but the fondant pieces could be made well in advance. The rice crispie based decorations could be made up to a week in advance.

  2. Such an awesome cake. Will the kit kat bars melt under the fondant if i did it a week ahead of time? It’s pretty hot here.

    • Hi Elisha, If the kit kats would usually melt in your room temperature, then yes it would be better to store them some where cool and out of direct sunlight while the fondant dries. You could use the rice crispies if you prefer.

  3. How long does the template take to deliver?

    • Hi Hayley, the templates should arrive immediately via email. There will be a link in the email for you to print the templates at home. We do find some hotmail accounts give problems though (I think hotmail thinks its spam). If you do have problems, get back in touch & we can sort it out directly.

  4. Hi I was looking to make the avenger cake for my stepdad birthday,but I can’t find the template can you tell me where it is is its still on your site. Thanks and I love you and all of your cakes.

  5. hi anne, i want to bake a cake for my son’s birthday on june like the avengers cake.may i have the template please, because i can’t find it so i can download.. can you send it on my email below..thanks.. ??

  6. Hi, I would like to purchase the template. How long does it take to send it.

    Kindly advise.


    • Hi Dhana, Templates purchase online are available for immediate download using a link provided onscreen.

  7. Awesome step by step guide! Thank you! This is the end result of my nephews birthday cake!

    • Gorgeous! You did great!

  8. Hi,
    I was wondering how long it takes for the template to come as I need to make this in four days time.

    • Hi Jan, The link to download is sent immediately.

  9. I bought template and cant find it?

    • Hi Cristina, best check your email. The link is sent via email, so you can download it after purchase.

  10. This cake was awesome, thank you so much for sharing. I made the mmf from scratch and thoroughly enjoyed making this. Connor (4) loved it.

    • Here is a picture:

      • and one of the cake

        • The cake looks tremendous! So glad you enjoyed yourself and Connor loved his cake!

  11. This is such a great tutorial. I’ve spent the day making all my fondant from scratch and have just finish making the decorations for this cake. My little boy’s birthday party is next Saturday so I have plenty of time to make the cake. Will post a pic when finished! Once again, thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Hi Katya, We look forward to seeing your creation!

  12. Hi Ann, thanks for always inspiring my cakes n making the impossible seems doable, this is NY boss’s farewell cake who is superheroes fan

    • Hi Aya, what an amazing cake you have made. I hope your boss was impressed!

  13. Hi Ann, thank u for always inspiring my cakes, this is what I did for my manager’s farewell

  14. Could you please make a looney tunes cake Ann.

  15. Hello from where can I get the template plz

  16. Hi Ann
    I absolutely enjoyed ur tutorial online. Now my question is can we use melted white compound or ganache to bind the rice cripies with. Else kindly specify the temp required to melt marshmellows as i am struggling here.

  17. Hello Ann, can u tell me all the sizes of the circles ill need to cut out to make captain americas shield?

    • Hi Xenia, Did you get the template? The template has the guides to help you with this.

  18. Hello my name is Xenia
    My sons birthday is coming up n I absolutely love your avengers cake. Is there anyway I can buy a cake like this n how much would u charge?

    • Hi Xenia, I am sorry but Ann is not able to make cakes to order.

  19. Hello Ann,

    What can I use as an alternative to the gold and silver luster dust?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Manumit, some cake decorating stores sell edible gold / silver spray in a can.

  20. Hi great job!! Could you please tell me where I can find the templates!? Are they an attached file because I can’t seem to find them anywhere. Thank you!

    • Hi Alesha, Click on the Buy it Now button and it will bring up the shop link to purchase the template.

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