Ethan has decided that this year he wanted a minecraft cake for his birthday. Of course I can’t find one for love nor money so I am making it! I’m an okay baker but I have never used fondant so wish me luck!
I’ve decided to use a basic vanilla sponge mix for the cake but I’m going to turn it green to surprise Ethan! I decided to use a Betty Crocker mix as it was going to be easier than completely going from scratch.
Minecraft Cake Recipe
- Velvety Vanilla Cake Mix (Betty Crocker)
- 90ml of Vegetable Oil (6 tbsp)
- 180ml Water
- 3 medium free range eggs
- Food Colouring Gel (OPTIONAL)
- 1 Square tin
- Baking Parchment to line the tin
The oven needs to be on 180 degrees or 160 degrees for a fan assisted oven.
The mixture makes it so simple as you just add the eggs,oil,water and cake mix into your bowl / mixer and whisk it for around 3-5 minutes. Try not to over whisk it as it needs to be smooth and creamy. If you want to add colour now is the time to do it and make sure its evenly distributed. I used a tube and a half of the green colour gel by Dr Oetker. Make sure your cake tin is lined with baking parchment as I found even with greasing it that it does stick.
It will need to cook for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven. I let mine cook for around 22 minutes and it was perfect. Your cake might look like the colour hasn’t taken but you will be surprised when you cut into it. Once out of the oven let it cool for 5-10 minutes in the tin before moving onto a cooling rack.
Now it is time to wash up and wait for the minecraft cake to be cool enough to decorate.
- Green Fondant
- Black Fondant
- Strawberry Jam (Melt it down slowly and use it as glue for the fondant)
- Number candle
- Square cutter
- Rolling pin
The fondant needs to be worked in a cool environment as it gets sticky when it gets hot and makes it 10x harder to work with. I used a square item to make my templates as I left it too late to find a cutter in my local town. Some of the squares weren’t equal due to this but it didn’t matter too much. The creeper mouth is also cut free hand as the shape isn’t exactly squares.
In order to get the fondant to stick on the minecraft cake and stay in place I decided to use melted down strawberry jam. I was going to use buttercream or icing but my mum suggested strawberry jam as it added to the taste and it is also sticky enough to hold it all down.
(Ethan loved it as it looked like blood too so guess that added to it. The joys of being 7 eh?!)
I found cutting out all the shapes in advance really helped as they were ready for me when the cake was cool enough. Don’t put the fondant shapes in the fridge as it will dry them out. Store them in an air tight container or in tin foil.
I rolled my fondant quite thin as i’m not a fan of icing but it is totally personal preference. I made my cake the day before the party and I was worried it wouldn’t look as good but it looked brilliant. The fondant had set in shape and was less shiny as the jam had cooled down and was less sticky looking.