If you have a child ages 6-12, you have probably heard of minecraft... a very good friend of mine asked me to make a minecraft cake for her 7 year old son's birthday.... I think the results were really cute and was relatively simple to create.... Here's a step-by-step tutorial of how to make a minecraft cake that looks like this...
First... a square cake is necessary... and it needs to be tall.... Not quite "a cube" but tall enough to create the illusion of a cube.
Next... ice the cake getting it as smooth and level as you possibly can.
- Tip: I always freeze my cakes before I decorate them... even if it's just for an hour or so on the same day I bake them. It is MUCH easier to decorate a cold cake than a room temperature cake! Plus, if you freeze the cake while it's still warm you "lock in" the moisture:)
The entire cake is going to be covered either with "grass" or "dirt" so you don't need a perfectly, perfect final coat of icing...
Now... THE DIRT:
- I used Oreos that I had run through the food processor until they were, well.... like dirt! I used two rows of the oreos, but I think one would have been plenty for this 8 x 8 square cake.
- I used a large baking pan to cover the sides of the cake with the oreos... it was easy clean up and the unused oreo crumbs were perfectly usable for my next project (which turned out to be just a few days later!)
- Depending on the softness of your icing, you may need to press somewhat firmly into the cake when applying the crumbs.
- When you are finished, tap the cake board a few times to shake loose any excess crumbs.
And... the Grass...
- I did use three different shades of green for the grass... it created that pixeled effect from minecraft. Here's a photo showing how I wrapped each color in plastic wrap. I simply snipped the end of each color and put all the colors into one piping bag. That way, I still had three different colors of leftover icing in the piping bag, rather than one, new, shade of green.
TIP: Storing icing in plastic wrap is a quick and economical way to keep the icing fresh and easily load it into a piping bag when you need that color again - without using up your stock of decorator bags and couplers!
- After piping the grass, I put the cake in the fridge so the icing would firm up. After it was nice and firm, I used a large spatula to score the grid marks for the minecraft cake. I spaced them about an inch apart in each direction.
|The cake after scoring the 1" squares|
- To put "Happy Birthday" on the cake, I used a 1 inch square cutter and cut black squares of fondant for each letter, plus just a few extra. The letters are the basic letter cutter set. They are just under 1" in height.
Here is the finished cake!
This was loads of fun to make and the birthday boy really enjoyed it.
Happy Baking and Decorating!