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. Rating: 4.5

    Is it possible to make the cake without chocolate sponge like a normal sponge and vanilla frosting?

  2. Rating: 5

    Would this work on a 10in cake? I’ve just finished making the individual elements and they seem rather big for an 8 in cake.

  3. Rating: 3.5

    If you have any well founded retributions I will listen and consider your point of view. However if you are going to refer to only a few films please watch all of them before trying to use them agains my points. Also plz explain how these arguments effect the credibility of my own. I will also not suggest that you add Kammala Kahn or other comic book heros such as Cindy Moon. ( that would just go on forever.
    I also apolagise for my shift in tone. I have never been taken seriously for geeky/tomboy interests and it is a bit of a sore subject. This is my attempt to keep a calm tone of voice.

    • That sounded wrong I meant replys

  4. Rating: 3.5

    Actually scarlet witch begins training as an avenger at the end of age of ultron -she was also told by Hawkeye ,a founding avenger, that if she stepped out the door she was an avenger, and she did- and Captain Marvel is literally nicknamed Carol ‘AVENGER’ Danvers. So you could say that she was actually the inspiration behind the whole thing giving her even more of a right to call herself an avenger than all of the others (an argument could be made for captain America I’ll give you that). And you can denie Gamora, Shuri ,Okie, Nakia,Nebula and Mantis the title. However Admitted yourself that Black Widow was a founding avenger and a literal CHILD shouldn’t have to come up with her own recipes just because of the internets blatant disregard for female role models. I mean no disrespect by this comment and do not wish to upset anyone however I ask that you please at least suggest this to someone who may consider this idea and please don’t completely disregard this idea. I do understand and see where you are coming from Yoshua. And all your points are perfectly valid.

    Ps: You are under no obligation to make this cake it is just a suggestion.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  5. Rating: 3.5

    Plz could you make a version with just female avengers. All the cakes I can find don’t represent them at all (e.g. Captain Marvels star, Scarlett witches hat/magic, gamoras sword).

    • The main avengers are: Hawkeye, Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor and Hulk. Neither Scarlett Witch nor Captain Marvel are avengers.

  6. Rating: 5

    Hi, I made this cake for a friends brother back in 2017.
    I have been asked to make it again but I cannot find the templates ect that I bought. Will I need to buy them again? Thanks. X

    • Hi Ceri, Your cake looks fantastic, email [email protected] and we should be able to sort it out 🙂

  7. Rating: 5

    Hi Anne, I am a huge fan of your channel, and also a huge fan of Marvel, so I loved this cake. I was wondering, though, could you do another one? I kind of want to see if you can make an Infinity Gauntlet cake. You are not under any obligation to do so, just my nerdiness being impulsive. If you do, though, good luck! Thanks.

    • Hi Martin, that would make an interesting cake, I think the fingers would need to be chocolate

  8. Rating: 4

    Hello, thank you for the instructions and templates, they were very helpful! I used rice crispy for the hulk wrist and thor’s hammer instead. It turned out great and my son loved the cake!

    • Looks amazing Cathy well done ??? happy birthday to your son

  9. I made this cake for my grandsons and they loved it. I purchased the template at the time (Oct 2016) but have since lost it. Do I have to purchase it again or can you email it to me once more? I found where I paid for it via Paypal, just not the file. See photo of my grandkids with the cake! Thanks

    • Hi Delma, we’ll email you the link again 🙂

    • Hi Delma, cake looks great, we’ve rest the template via email ?

  10. Thank you for this awesome cake idea and instructions! My 10 year old loved it!! I haven’t made a cake in a long time so this one took some time (by some I mean A LOT)! I skipped the bow and used rice crispy for his wrist because my fist turned out so big and heavy I was nervous the cake wouldn’t hold it. Thanks again!

    • Well done Nikki. Your Hulk fist is definitely a show stopper!

  11. Where do you get the little eggs?

  12. Hello I’m having trouble trying to buy the template. I click on buy it now but nothing is happens..

    • Hi Haylee, the buttons are all working at our end, so just check your local settings.

  13. Hi Ann,
    I made this today for my 4 year old boys birthday tomorrow! Hulks fist is a bit scrappy but I’m really pleased with it! What brand of fondant do you use? I always seem to have problems with stickyness and breaking. I’m in the UK ?

  14. I want to buy the template but when I press the buy button it does not allow me…help please

    • Hi Jhoanne, There are some restrictions for online purchases from some countries. Sorry but these are put in place by the transaction providers and are beyond our control.

  15. Hello! My boyfriend and I will make this cake for my cousin. A question: instead of the fondant, is it possible to use sugar paste? Thank you.
    P.S. The cake is fantastic! 😀

    • Hi Francesca. Fondant is a form of sugar paste.

  16. Hi
    What size should the templates be printed to?

    • Hi Dave, Just make sure the pages are not scaled to fit but printed at 100% and they should print out at the right size.

  17. Where can I find the shapes for fist, hammer and mask?

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