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May the fork be with you! Star Wars fans dig in to life-sized 500lb Darth Vader cake

He was first a Jedi, then a Sith Lord, and by Friday, a 500lb cake.



The life-size, three-dimensional Darth Vader cake complete with edible strawberry light saber and flowing sugar cape made its sweet debut to the delight of 600 hungry Star Wars fans.

Standing at 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing in at just over 500lbs, the cake was presented at the 501st Legion costume convention in Orlando, Florida.



Beware it's sweet side: This 6'7" Darth Vader cake delivered to a Star Wars convention in Florida on Friday came to the delight of 600 fans


Work in progress: Constructed by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts, the bakery's ten team members spent two weeks building the cake after four months of planning



Assembly: The cake's parts consisting of yellow sponge cake and Rice Krispies cereal, wait to be assembled together at the bakery



Constructing: Seen balanced on boxes of Rice Krispies, used for the legs, the soon to be arms are in assembly with its right ready for the villain's lethal light saber


Icing up: The soon to be 500lb body is seen in its early stages while composed of yellow sponge cake covered in buttercream frosting

In a joint donation by Amanda Oakleaf Cakes in Winthrop, Massachusetts and DK Publishing, the massive cake took two weeks to build according to the bakery and four months of planning.

With a team of ten at the bakery under the joint-leadership of former Food Network Cake Challenge competitor Amanda Oakleaf, the team stacked the Sci-Fi villain’s body using sheets of cake, buttercream icing and Rice Krispies cereal.



'The most interesting and challenging part of this cake was actually the cape, which by itself was over 100 lbs of our marshmallow fondant, which freely hung from his shoulders five and a half feet above the ground,' the bakery wrote on their blog.

Adding to its uniqueness, clutched in the masked villain’s right hand was a solid piece of watermelon flavoured poured sugar in the shape of a light saber.


Carefully: Tyler Oakleaf, Amanda Oakleaf and Tim Gough carefully assemble the torso to the legs made sturdy with the help of Rice Krispies cereal and an iron frame




Renowned skill: The cake was assembled under the joint-leadership of former Food Network Cake Challenge competitor Amanda Oakleaf and her husband, pictured in red, Tyler


Finishing touches: After careful painting to create the iconic black and silver suit, the masked villain awaits its final pieces


Accessorizing: Pouring watermelon flavoured sugar down a mold will soon harden into the shape of a light saber


Mask unveiled: The upper crest of Vader's head will be the sole edible portion of his mask which is seen awaiting its capping

The figure's body, to serve as a reliable balancing act, was supported by an iron frame while layers of yellow sponge cake covered in buttercream icing stacked around it.

Composed of Rice Krispies, its legs posed as sturdy yet edible posts for the massive cake man.

In all the bakery tallied 386 eggs used in its construction, 2 gallons of milk, 3.5 cups of vanilla, 32lbs of flour, 46lbs of sugar, 57lbs of butter and 210lbs of home-made marshmallow fondant.

An ordinarily pricey sweet, if not for its donation to the convention, the bakery's decorators usually charge their handiwork at $75 per hour and estimate sculpted cakes taking anywhere from 4-8 hours' time according to their website.

According to Caters News Agency, the Darth Vader one cost $2,000.




Slicing: Amanda Oakleaf cuts into the back of Vader's head, offering one of the first slices of the massive life-like cake served at the 501st Legion costume convention


Sweet inside: The yellow sponge cake is revealed from its side as the 600 Star Wars fans await a slice

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