Darth Vader™ Cake Pan

April 23rd, 2012 by Joanne Winston-Spencer

Wilton has been delighting consumers with licensed character shaped pans way before SpongeBob moved into his pineapple under the sea, and even before Elmo made a name for himself on Sesame Street™. Three decades ago, Wilton first introduced a Star Wars™ line of products. More than 30 years later, those pans can still be found for sale online. No longer will our customers need to search the galaxy (or eBay) for a Darth Vader™ Cake Pan. This popular pan is being re-introduced!

Darth Vader CakeStar Wars™ has been in our top 10 character searches on Wilton.com for quite some time. With thousands of searches in 2011, a strong video game following, and movies being re-released in theaters in 3D, we thought it just might be time to develop a new line.

The force was unstoppable when our customers made it perfectly clear they loved Star Wars™. In a 2011 Facebook survey asking about all-time favorite Wilton licensed character pans, Star Wars™ pans were #1.

And so we got to work. Darth’s helmet shaped pan was designed to hold one cake mix and is sure to please all the Lukes and Leias out there.

Watch for this pan in late Summer. Is the force strong in your household? Tell me about it!

Joanne Winston-Spencer Joanne is the Product Manager for Licensing and Publications. She joined Wilton in 2004 and has had the opportunity to work in various departments and teams. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys spending time with her family.

21 Replies

  1. Jessica says:

    is this pan going to be available at a local retailer that carries Wilton or only online at Wilton.com?

  2. Yvette R. says:

    YES! Now we need C3PO, R2D2, and Mario (& Luigi) of Super Mario Bros! Especially Mario! Please release us from the mercy of the eBay GODS!!!!!

  3. Dawn B. says:

    This looks really cool, but I’m wondering about how all the black icing will taste and what color the guests lips will be! Will there be a black tint with no taste that can be used?

    • Trish S. says:

      If you make the frosting chocolate first, it will have a good flavor. It is also easier to produce a true black with less gel color by starting with chocolate. Hope your guests like chocolate!

  4. D Carrimko says:

    Oh man!! this stings my bank account a bit, as i payed $200 for the same pan on Ebay 2 years ago.

  5. […] you won’t need to head to eBay to get an old-school Star Wars cake pan: Wilton is bringing back Darth Vader this summer.Now, finding a recipe for black icing that tastes decent will be your only problem! […]

    • meilah says:

      i make fudge icing and add black icing color. you dont have to use as much color…and no stained lips lol

  6. Beverly says:

    Can we be emailed when this becomes available? Can we pre-order? My son is going to love this! Please let this be released before September 1!!

  7. Barbara says:

    I actually have the original one that shows it being decorated in brown. It looks gross, when you eat it after it being all decorated in black! LOL!

  8. D C says:

    I love the Darth Vader pan, but yes! We need R2D2! That would be amazing 🙂

  9. meilah says:

    this is fantastic!!!! how soon are the bo bo fett, c3po, r2d2, and candy molds coming out? please tell me you are bringing them all back!? (and maybe adding some new ones!?) i havent been this excited over new pans in a long time! thank you! maybe with all the new comic book movies coming out youll bring back wonder woman and make a deal with marvel as you have with dc and make a whole line of comic character pans!? but at the moment let me say ty again for the star wars coming back!

  10. Beth says:

    I’ve got an original foil Darth Vader pan from 1982 still in its original box. It’s one of our family’s treasures! we pull it out to make the cake once every year or two.

    The key to the icing is starting with dark chocolate, and adding a little black to it. Then the outlines and his eyes get chocolate icing with extra black to get them a little darker.

    • Belinda says:

      I have the Darth Vader pan (not foil) with the inserts. My Mom just gave them to me along with R2D2… I remember when my Mom made them when I was little!

  11. Louise Van Geersdaele says:

    When will this be available ? Planning a Star Wars party for early August; can be R2D2 or any other character..just needsomething for the main dessert!

    Any way you can e-mail us when it makes it’s debut again ???Thanks

  12. Ann says:

    I would like to get the Darth Vadar cake pan also. Is it going to be available?

  13. my2qties says:

    For those of you in Southern Ca. looking for this pan, I saw it at Party City. I think it was no more tan $20, I can’t recall for sure. I was going to buy it but I’ve never made this kind of cake. My son is really into starwars right now and his birthday is right around corner.

  14. Natalie says:

    I’m curious if anyone has attempted to do a cookie crumb topping as opposed to piping the traditional stars for shaped cake such as this. I was thinking of outlining as specified and substituting stars with Oreo crumbs. However, I don’t want to lose definition.

  15. Jana says:

    Can you use the Darth Vader pan to make the Storm Trooper Helmet as well? If so do you have the details as how to do so. My sons bday is this weekend.

    • Desiree Smith says:

      Hi Jana,

      We have not created a Storm Trooper project, so I don’t have specific directions available. However, looking at the helmet, I’m sure you could totally pull it off with white and black icing! Good luck!


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