Easy Darth Vader Cupcakes

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Today I want to share with you these super cute Darth Vader cupcakes that my daughter made this weekend.

You can pick up most of the supplies from the grocery store or Hobby Lobby, but there were a few things that I needed to order from Amazon:

Darth Vader silicone mold

Black cocoa to make dye free black frosting

Miniature red glow sticks

She used an open star frosting tip and these frosting bags because the frosting is thick, and a ziplock bag wouldn’t be strong enough

The plastic holders are from Publix. My daughter bakes cupcakes for events fairly often , and our Publix bakers charges 1.50 per holder. They are much easier to use than the cardboard holders from Hobby Lobby.

We bought the dark chocolate melts from Hobby Lobby, but black would have worked well too.

She used Super Red gel dye in the cake batter to make red strawberry cupcakes instead of the usual pink color.

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darth vader cupcakes
We used this silicone mold. It is very sturdy and didn’t give too much.


We wanted black candy melts, but our store only had dark chocolate. I think either would work just fine.


These mini red glow sticks were really the star of the show.


They glow a nice, bright red instead of the dull pink that we usually see with red glow sticks.


Melt the candy on low for 30 seconds at a time. Stop and stir after each interval because the candies will appear solid until stirred.

Melt until it pours easily.

Be be careful not to overfill the molds.

Tap on the counter to evenly fill the mold and to prevent air bubbles.

Throw them in the fridge until solid. I have no idea how long this took because my daughter did everything. I would say 30 minutes max.

Bake strawberry cupcakes while preparing your Darth Vader toppers.

She used this recipe.

5 from 1 vote

Strawberry Cupcakes

Easy and delicious strawberry cupcake recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword strawberry cupcakes, red cupcakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 280 kcal
Author Kenlee's cupcakes


  • 1 white cake mix
  • 3 ounces strawberry jello
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 ounces frozen strawberries thawed and drained


  1. Mix dry ingredients

  2. Add wet ingredients

  3. Mix until smooth

  4. Add 1/4 cup batter to each cupcake liner

  5. Bake at 350 degrees 15-18 minutes

She added two teaspoons of Super Red gel dye to the batter when mixing to achieve a bright red color. Darth Vader wouldn’t look quite right on a pink cupcake.

I haven’t filtered these photos. They came out this bold red color.

She used this dye free black frosting.

Frost the cupcakes using an open star tip.

Don’t worry about the frosting not being perfect. The Darth Vader heads and light saber will cover everything well.

Top with Darth Vader.

Just before your event, activate the glow sticks and add them in at an angle.

easy darth vader cupcakes
The birthday party was at a bowling alley. The lighting was perfect. Everyone kept stopping by to see the cupcakes.


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