Introduction: Yoda Head Cake

Picture of Yoda Head Cake

I'm an artist who recently has gotten into cake decorating and have fallen in love with it! I'm currently taking the beginner cake decorating classes and hoping to land a job at a bakery. I decided to try making my first sculpted cake and chose Yoda as the subject. It was so much fun and I've found my passion! This is a red velvet cake (with rice krispie treats for the ears) covered in fondant. i tried to get as much detail as I could. I wanted to finish the bust with fondant clothing over the neck area and covering the pan and plate but I ran out of time and fondant. Yoda was very yummy! Everyone said it was sad to cut into him, but we went to the dark side that night. :) Hopefully I will have time soon to continue the Star Wars theme with another sculpted cake.

I was so into making this cake that I forgot to take more photos while I was making it, but here's the written story of how I made the cake.

1. First I printed out lots of reference photos of Yoda from as many different angles as I could find.

2. Then I baked the cakes. I used 2 box mixes of red velvet cake, altering/adding-to each mix to make the cake stronger so it would hold up to the stacking and carving and fondant better. I made four 8 inch rounds. Once they were cooled I stacked them up, with white buttercream icing in between the layers. I then put the stacked cake into the freezer for a while so that it would be easier to carve (I was hoping, as I wasn't exactly sure what I was doing, just going off what I see on different cake shows and challenges and from online videos and forums.)

3. While the cake was in the freezer I made the Rice Krispie treats and then molded each ear around some take-out chopsticks (was working with what I had, hadn't thought about their support and it was around midnight.)

4. Once the cake was about half-frozen, I lay out my reference photos and just started carving out the basic shape with a knife. I scooped out some cake on the sides the same size around as the base of the ears so that they would be inset a little into the cake and help hold them up.

5. Once the carving was done and I had the ears on, I crumb coated it with vanilla buttercream. There's a couple photos I had taken of it after the crumb coating.

6. Then I made the fondant (marshmallow fondant) and covered the cake. The eyes and most of the nose are fondant. For the eyes I added those separate. First the white oval, then made and attached the eyelids. I used clay sculpting/carving tools for all the details, wrinkles, etc.

7. Then the last thing was the hand painting. I mixed up about 6 different colors (different hues of greens and browns and grays) using vodka and the Wilton gel colors. They were like watery watercolors. I speckled the whole head in several hues for a faint mottled look. I painted subtle shades in all the recesses and with a fine brush in some of the wrinkles, and then darker color in the ears. I used a tiny brush to paint the eyes with the gel food colors mixed with only a drop or two of vodka.

And that's how I did it! :)


aliyar1 (author)2016-01-03

wow your great that looks like the real yodas head

tchitwood (author)aliyar12016-01-03

Thank you! :) One day when I find some time I want to re-make it, now that I have more experience under my belt, but also to make his body as well.

Nboy19 (author)2013-10-08


msmith134 (author)2013-03-08

Amazing creativity!!

tchitwood (author)msmith1342013-03-09

Thank you!!! :)

firecat77 (author)2012-09-30


Thanks so much for the info! by the way your cake is absolutely amazing! your awesome! ok, ok... a few questions though... do you have the measurements for the ears, how big the eyes should be etc? Also how many people did your yoda head feed?

thank you again!

tchitwood (author)firecat772012-10-02

Hi there,

Thank you!!!

The ears were about 6 inches long. I don't have the measurements for the eyes, as I didn't measure anything, just did it all by eye, looking at my reference pics as I went. But, each eye, from corner or eye, including eyelids, looks to be (from my pictures because I cannot remember from 2 years ago) about 1/3 the length of an ear so maybe go with 2"? Or if you are making the whole thing larger or smaller, go with a 1/3 the length of one of the ears.

This size fed 8-10 of my friends, not including the ears, which were rice cereal treats, which my best friend and I claimed. :)

Your welcome and thank you again!

the_cactus_caper (author)2012-08-03

wow...thats one of the coolest and meticulously detailed cakes ive ever seen...very good

Thank you so much! :)

susanchen2011 (author)2012-07-06

a little horrible. But you make it good.

tchitwood (author)susanchen20112012-07-06

LOL, thank you :)

JDMac174 (author)2012-06-20

Nothing less than amazing!

tchitwood (author)JDMac1742012-06-20

Thank you so much!!! :)

osemiat (author)2012-01-21

OK! I finally made my yoda cake, for my boyfriend.
Here it is!
Thank you for the inspiration and your help!!!!

tchitwood (author)osemiat2012-01-22

That is awesome!!! I bet he loved it. And thank you and your welcome!! :)

AMAZONIAbydjljwilliams (author)2012-01-13

You, my dear, are an awesome cake decorator to the Nth degree!

Thank you so much! :)

pneumadragonfly (author)2011-12-21

Do you perhaps have a link to the fondant recipe you used? I decorate also but have not found a fondant recipe that I am happy with yet and by the looks of your Yoda, the fondant recipe you employed is workable for good details. Gorgeous cake btw!

Hi there!

I use the marshmallow fondant recipe located here:

I've loved it and it is easy and inexpensive.

And thank you!

osemiat (author)2011-12-06

OK, this is one of the best cakes I have ever seen in my life!!!
You have an amazing talent.

I must ask you how did you cover the head together with the ears with the fondant?
I can understand covering the head separately and the ears separately but I don't understand how you covered them together.... :)

tchitwood (author)osemiat2011-12-07

Thank you so much!

I speak better in visuals so I made a little drawing of how I covered it together. I hope this makes sense! :)

osemiat (author)tchitwood2011-12-07

Wow, thank you so much for the visuals! And what a quick reply.
Your cakes are awesome!
I want to try and make this cake too, I'll update when it's ready :)

tchitwood (author)osemiat2011-12-08

Thank you and your welcome! I'd love to see it when you are done! Going to try my hand at a wedding cake soon. I'm not as good at non-sculpted cakes so I've got my fingers crossed.

hihihi0hi (author)2011-10-05

ha ha ha!
i like the red vivrt1

tchitwood (author)hihihi0hi2011-10-05

Thank you! I love using the red velvet for humanoid creatures! :)

hihihi0hi (author)tchitwood2011-10-05

lol thx! u have great talants!

spark master (author)2011-03-07

YEA GADS DORIS CANNIBALS, shoot them thats what the rubber band gus are for!!!!!

very very niceEven got the bumpy head right!

tchitwood (author)spark master2011-03-07

LOL, thank you! :)

spark master (author)tchitwood2011-03-08

It is kinda creepy like he was executed. You could make up some corn syrup blood and splatter a plate with it then put cake in th emiddle!!! yikes children will go into convulsions since your really does look rather stupendous. good luck

tchitwood (author)spark master2011-03-08

Hee hee! Would be perfect for Halloween though! Of course i had to use red velvet :)

spark master (author)tchitwood2011-03-08

keep them a baking!

jimopertrat (author)2011-02-13

Amazing. all i can say. 5*

tchitwood (author)jimopertrat2011-02-28

Thank you!

jimopertrat (author)tchitwood2011-03-01


mslaynie (author)2011-02-27

This is absolutely phenomenal. I don't even have words, I just... I keep looking at this and making faces! It's pretty obvious this isn't the first head you've sculpted, even if it is your first sculpted cake. I just...

... nope. No words. :D

I'm glad you included the photos of cutting the cake. I rarely get to see that, and it's something I've been interested in. I'm so interested in doing this, but I'm afraid my attempts would look nothing like this! (Or, come to think of it, nothing like what I was trying to make them look like, either!)

You're fabulous!! I want to see more of your cakes!

tchitwood (author)mslaynie2011-02-28

Thank you so much!

Before I made this first sculpted cake, the last time I sculpted a head, or much of anything, was back in 9th grade, in uh, 1988 or 1989, and it didn't look very good, lol! That was why I was so happy with how this cake out! Even though that was a long time ago I was thinking it would come out as bad as that head I sculpted back then.

I really enjoy cutting up the cakes and seeing all my friends and family enjoy them. :)

I jumped into this on a whim last year and I haven't regreted it! I think you should give it a try! There are a lot of videos online that show basic techniques and then I learned a lot from watching a lot of Ace of Cakes, Food Network Challenges, Amazing Wedding Cakes, Fabolous Cakes, Ultimate Cake Off and Cake Boss. I'm now taking cake classes at a local cake shop to learn more about making non-sculpted cakes and all the techniques, etc. It's a lot of fun!

mslaynie (author)tchitwood2011-02-28

I'd love to, but there's too much stuff that needs to be done on a schedule. I have fibromyalgia, so I can't even manage baking pretty cookies anymore, although I still love to read about other people doing them.

I stick to other art projects that I can put down when I need to. But this... what you did is AMAZING!! :D Thanks for sharing... your cakes are amazing!

Grey_valentine (author)2011-02-07

Oh man this is awesome I recently tried my hand at some fondant cupcakes I made little green ghosty heads they were super cute, but this is amazing. I did not freeze anything >.> and that may account for some problems I ran into. I think what makes it all pop is your painting the shading is really well done. I just stocked up a bunch of bread making supplies but I may have to make cakes. Making sweets is always so much more fun than other baking. I love the decorating. <.< But I don't actually like to eat sweets. I have whole cupboards(plural) filled with different kinds of cookies that I thought would magically eat themselves T-T Meby I should stick to bread after all. With my cooking addiction I will at least eat the bread.

tchitwood (author)Grey_valentine2011-02-28

Thank you! I would love to try to make some cool breads! The baker at the WFM bakery I work in (just bread guest service, not cake decorating, I don't have the experience making the kind of cakes they sell yet, or at least not fast enough! I just do sculpted cakes as a hobby for now) made this really cool huge alligator out of challah bread. It was so cool! I'm not much of a sweets eater either but it's still fun to make them :) but I'm glad I get the cakes out the house soon after I make them or I might start eating them!

Clownkiller (author)2010-12-31

Awesome, your cake is.

tchitwood (author)Clownkiller2011-02-28

Thank you, I do!

CyberWombat (author)2011-01-04

It is possibly one of the best cake I've ever seen :)

darkbain (author)2010-12-30

Crazy detail on that cake. I wouldn't be able to bring myself to cut it up, I'd just put it up on a shelf. Great work man.

tchitwood (author)darkbain2010-12-31

Thank you! It was a little sad to cut him up, but he sure tasted good! Who knew Yoda was made of red velvet? Hee hee :)

pedrombbm (author)2010-12-30

Sad Yoda is sad...He senses you're going to eat him :(
Best cake ever though!

tchitwood (author)pedrombbm2010-12-31

Sad Yoda was sad... and yummy! :)

Thank you!

haunted_lady (author)2010-10-30

That is the most beautiful work of cake art ever. I was sad to see the slice of it taken out! I am an artist and a huge Yoda fan and wow you need to work for a magazine!! Show that to Martha Stewart! And I agree with the Chef-PAullett comment you might need a job to pay the bills for now but you are highly talented for like real major media work or working for someone who needs a person to do this for exclusive clients or photography work... Good luck! So glad this dessert bug grabbed you

tchitwood (author)haunted_lady2010-10-31

Thank you so much! A job doing stuff like that would be a dream! Continuing to make cakes to build my portfolio. :)

Meechie (author)2010-10-28

Who is the "Master" now?... this is so awesome. I found this trying to figure out how I am going to make a Yoda costume for my 7 year old, maybe I should just wrap him in fondant, huh?!! :)

tchitwood (author)Meechie2010-10-31

Thank you! Hee hee, I'm picturing a kid wrapped in fondant now.

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