My oldest just turned seven, and she is completely obsessed with Minecraft. She really wanted a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese’s and really, REALLY wanted me to make a Minecraft cake.
I have made a few cakes for my girls’ birthdays in the past. My very first fondant cake was a Mickey Mouse cake for my daughter’s 2nd birthday.
I have made marshmallow fondant many times. I always use the same marshmallow fondant Wilton recipe. I recommend making your fondant about 3 days ahead of time so it has time to rest. Store it in a ziplock bag and keep it in the fridge.
To Make Squares:
Roll out each color of fondant individually and cut the squares using a grid pattern. I used a 12×12 Silhouette cutting mat. If you don’t have a grid pattern to follow, you can always print a pattern and cover it with parchment paper, or just use a square cookie cutter.
The buttercream frosting is also homemade. I used two cake mixes, both were store bought (Duncan Hines Dark Fudge Chocolate/Butter Yellow). However, I always use butter instead of oil.
Stacking a Cake:
To make a perfectly square cake, you will need an 8×8 pan, or you can always use a 13×9 inch pan and cut them down to size. My cake was 3 layers and was more than enough for 30 people.
No matter what kind of cake you make, you need to make sure each level of the cake is stacked evenly and your corners are built up. To do this, you need lots of stiff frosting on the edges and between each layer.
First, crumb coat your cake. Cover the entire thing with frosting. Then build up each corner so you have a perfectly square cake with thick, sharp corners. At this stage, it’s important to make sure your cake isn’t lopsided or unstable.
Store your cake and your fondant squares in the fridge (or freezer) so they are very hard when you get ready to decorate the cake. Using a small paint brush, coat the backside of each fondant square with water to make sure it sticks to the cake firmly.
I bought the cake toppers on Amazon – Minecraft Animal Toy (6 pack). And the black letters are made out of cardstock. I would’ve used black fondant but ran out of time.
Natalie and all her friends loved the cake. It wasn’t perfect, but I was able to design it exactly how she wanted it and it saved me from buying a cake at the bakery!
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