How to Make a "Minecraft" Birthday Cake
Minecraft is a video game that young kids and adults are fond of playing. It is a game where you build things with blocks while having an adventure. You can play it on a computer, tablet, smartphone, game console, or a laptop.
I didn't know what Minecraft was until a few weeks ago, when a friend of mine gave me an idea of how I could decorate her son's birthday cake. I was searching online for design ideas for how I could create a beautiful but simple birthday cake for a 10-year-old boy.
This article is an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to make a Minecraft cake for someone who loves playing the game.
Birthday Cake Ingredients
- 250 grams butter, soft
- 250 grams sugar, white or brown
- 5 eggs, lightly beaten
- 250 grams all-purpose flour, sieved
- 1 teaspoon vanilla flavouring
- 15 grams baking powder
- 50 grams chocolate, grated or shaved
- 3 tablespoons cocoa, unsweetened
- 12 or more bars of chocolate
- 2 packages chocolate blocks
- Ready-to-roll green icing (fondant), rolled into a round
- 100 grams dark chocolate, chopped
Note: In order to complete the decorations, you will also need a small Minecraft toy decoration and a set of birthday alphabet candles.
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Step 1: Make the Sponge Cake
- Put the soft butter and sugar in an electric mixer and blend well until light in color and fluffy.
- Add the lightly beaten eggs.
- Combine the sieved flour and baking powder and add them to the butter mixture. Mix them well.
- Add the cocoa, vanilla flavouring and the grated chocolate to the batter. Mix them well.
- Put the sponge cake batter in a buttered 9 or 10 inches round baking tin.
- Bake in a pre-heated 175°C oven for 45 minutes or until the toothpick that you stick in the cake will come out clean.
- Let the sponge cake cool down before making the Minecraft decoration.
Cook Time for Sponge Cake
Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.— Audrey Hepburn
Tips for Making the Sponge Cake
- You can use any flavour you want. I bake sponge cake fairly often, so I like to switch it up from time to time. Sometimes I used dried grated orange or lemon rind or Jamaica rum.
- If you want to make a 2-layer sponge cake, you can divide the batter into half and bake them in 2 small baking tins. Then you can fill the 2-layer sponge cake with butter icing or chocolate fudge frosting.
- The baking time of this cake depends on what kind of oven you have at home.
- You can bake the sponge cake the night before you decorate it.
Step 2: Assemble and Decorate the Cake
- Cut the upper cake if it is not even or if it is a bit burned.
- Slowly melt the 100 grams of chopped dark chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl set above a pot of simmering water (use a double-boiler if you have one), or just melt them in the microwave on half power. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds.
- Brush the melted chocolate on the sides of the sponge cake.
- Put sponge cake on a turntable to make it easy to decorate the cake.
- Decorate the side of the cake with chocolate bars while the melted chocolate is still wet. If the chocolates are big, cut them in half so that they will fit onto the side of the cake.
- Make a flat round of the ready-to-roll icing to cover the top of the cake.
- Arrange the blocks of chocolate the way you want them to be or just follow the photo above.
- Make a building by putting chocolate bars on the middle of the cake. On top of those chocolate bars, put 1 chocolate bar and on top of that, just a thin, but long chocolate. As you can see in my photos, this ends up looking like a building. Then, 2 slices of chocolate were added to the decoration.
- Then add the Minecraft toy on the cake wherever you want it.
- Arrange the birthday candles on both sides of the cake.
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Tips for Decorating
- Paste the chocolate bars onto the cake by using the melted chocolate. Just a bit so it will not damage the view.
- If in case your ready-to-roll icing has a crack, smoothen it with a wet finger. That was what I always did to make the icing nice to look at.
- If you can't find or don't wish to use ready-to-roll icing, you have a couple of options:
- You can make royal icing, which is not quite the same but will work in a pinch. The video below provides a tutorial about how to make this type of icing.
- You can also choose to make green buttercream icing.
- If you buy birthday candles, check them immediately to make sure that the letters are complete. I opened the birthday candles the day I decorated the cake and H was missing; instead, there were 2 A's. I had to break the A and make it into an H by using the wax of a candle as a paste.
How to Make Royal Icing
Best of Luck!
I was not planning to write a recipe about this Minecraft cake. I just made it and posted a photo to my Facebook account. I was surprised at how many people saw and liked it, and some friends asked me to share the recipe. I love sharing what I know, so I enjoyed writing this article.
I did not have any photos of the ingredients, as I didn't think I'd need to take any. Happily, I took photos of the cake batter and the cake itself during the birthday celebration.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read. Have a great day!
© 2017 Thelma Alberts