Captain Marvel is one of our favorite films to come out in 2019. We were so happy to see her come to life on the big screen and become one of our beloved Marvel characters that have leaped from the comic books and come to life. We’ve done a few recipes featuring Captain Marvel and today we are adding another one to our collection – Captain Marvel Cake!
I didn’t go all out and do a cake from scratch because I wanted this to be a fun and easy cake that you can recreate with your little ones at home. I actually had two little helpers, ages 3 and 5, helping me make this cake and I think we did a fabulous job.
You will need the following –
White Cake Mix and everything required to make the cake mix
Royal Blue Food Gel
Red Food Gel
Gold Food Gel
1.5 C Unsalted Butter, room temperature
6 TBSP Milk
6 C Powdered Sugar
4 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
6 inch Cake Pans
Yellow Chocolate Wafers
Super Hero Sprinkles
Making the Captain Marvel Colored Cake Layers
First, make the cake according to the directions on the box. You can use any cake mix as long as it is a white cake mix, a yellow cake mix will distort the colors.
Once the cake mix is ready, separate it into 3 bowls evenly. Then add 8-10 drops of the blue to one bowl, gold to another and red to your last bowl. Mix the color into the cake mix until it is the desired shade, you may need to use more food gel. Remember, baking will lighten your color a smidge so go a shade darker.
Next, pour the mix into your prepped cake pans and bake according to the directions on the box. I baked my cakes for about 22 minutes.
Once baked, take the cakes out of the oven and let cool for about 5-10 minutes before you take them out of the pans. After 5-10 minutes take the cakes out of the pan and let cool for another half hour on a cooling rack. This is also the time to level your cakes. If they have mounds take a knife or cake level and adjust each cake until you have a flat, even top.
I find frozen cakes work best for frosting, plus my butter still needed time to soften, so I froze my cakes for a few hours. Simply wrap in plastic wrap, 2 layers, and place in freezer until ready to frost. This is a great stopping point if you have little ones that are now done with helping or need to take a nap.
Make the Captain Marvel Emblem while Cakes are Baking
While the cake is baking it’s the perfect time to make the emblem. Take a Ziploc bag and place approximately 1/2 a bag of yellow melting chocolate in it. Microwave in 30-second intervals, kneading the bag in between each interval until the wafers are melted. Snip a corner of the bag off and squeeze the chocolate into the north star mold. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to set up.
Making the Captain Marvel Buttercream Frosting
To make the buttercream frosting you will be making three batches. It works best with room temperature butter and a stand mixer but if you have a hand mixer that will work too. I do not recommend making the buttercream by hand, there is a lot of stirring that needs to happen and you may get tired before you are even finished with the first batch.
Place a 1/2 C of unsalted butter, room temperature, in the bowl and mix until fluffy.
Next, gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar.
Once the powdered sugar and butter are fluffy add in 1 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract and up to 2 tbsp of milk. The milk will thin your buttercream so use it as needed up to 2 tbsp.
After the consistency is perfect add your food color! It took a lot of my red food coloring to get the desired red. I’d say 8-10 drops. Once you have the perfect color, scoop the frosting into a piping bag and place in the fridge. Repeat this process 2 more times to make the blue and gold frosting.
Assembling the Captain Marvel Cake
Now it’s time to assemble the cake! This is the fun part and comes together really fast. Place your cake board and place it on your cake stand. Take a little dollop of frosting and smear it on the board. You are going to place the blue layer here and the frosting will help keep the cake from sliding around.
Next, take your piping bag filled with the blue frosting and snip the tip off of it. I don’t use a piping tip for this but you could, the large round one, or you can just snip the tip of the bag. Pipe blue frosting on top of the blue cake layer and smooth out with your frosting spatula.
Then place the gold cake layer on top of the blue frosting and repeat with the gold frosting. Do the same with the red.
Once all the cake layers are assembled now it’s time to frost the sides. This works best with a cake stand that turns. Pipe the blue frosting around the blue layer, gold around the gold layer and red around red layers. Then take a frosting smoother and smooth the frosting until the cake has a nice smooth coating of buttercream.
Place your chocolate emblem on the front of the cake.
This part can get messy, toss little handfuls of the superhero sprinkle mix around the bottom of the cake.
You are finished!
Captain Marvel is available for purchase today at your local retailer or you can download too.