There are 3 people on this planet I would do anything for, two of them are my boys, the other one is my nephew. He just turned 9 and is obsessed with Minecraft.
About a month or so ago my younger sister and I were at a craft fair when she saw and bought him a Minecraft cake pop. I say it looked pretty plain and thought, huh I can do that. I should stop myself when I have those thoughts. But I don’t stop myself, so I told my sister, hey I can make him a Minecraft cake for his birthday party. Piece of cake.
Well, when I got home I did a quick search and realized very fast this was not going to be as easy as I first thought.
I started planning things out, I had to buy new baking pans because I didn’t have the right size. I could have made the fondant myself, but I can never get the colour red right, so I ended up buying all of the fondant that I was going to need (red, light green, dark green, black and white). I also needed a big cake board to put everything on.
Next came planning out the patterns. I tried drawing it out and ended up using my computer, that way I could plan where the colours would go and exactly how many squares of each colour I was going to need. This helped me out a lot (although it didn’t help my stress building up to the day I had to build the cakes).
The morning of the “big build” I started off by making a chocolate buttercream. Normally I would make a Swiss meringue buttercream but this cake is for 9 year olds, so I went with a traditional icing sugar buttercream.
Next came decorating the cakes. I actually ran out of buttercream so I opened a can of Duncan Hines frosting to put a skim coat on the cakes so I could stick the squares to the cake. The extra squares on top were adhered using piping gel very sparingly.
Everything was placed on the big cake board (the cakes have a bit of frosting underneath them to anchor them to the board, the decorations have piping gel gluing them in place).
From start to finish this took about 4 1/2 hours. I love that kid and I would only do something like this for him (but I never again).
Sorry, no recipe with this one, just wanted to document this experience.