My teenager used to love Minecraft a few years ago and it’s gone from strength to strength, the kids just can’t get enough of it.
Minecraft cakes have been so popular, I’m selling about 10 of these sets of figures a week! But they can be really easy to make if you have the right equipment or buy the decorations separately. Either way, here’s how to make a Minecraft cake.
I’d recommend using a square cake rather than round as it’s easier to achieve the pixel effect, especially if you buy pre-made pixel squares as they will have dried flat so won’t fit the curve of a round cake properly.
You’ll need to buttercream your cake before applying fondant. I’d always recommend using actual butter instead of margarine, so many people use margarine then wonder why then can’t achieve a smooth finish.
Apply a thin layer of buttercream on your cake with a palette knife and smooth the excess off to create as smooth a finish as possible then chill for a couple of hours and repeat. This will give you a great base for applying your fondant. If you apply the fondant directly after the buttercream then it’s pretty impossible to try and achieve a smooth finish, you just end up pushing the buttercream around under the fondant. I’ve recently filmed a tutorial on how to cover a cake in fondant which should help.
Once the fondant is nice and smooth, leave the cake to dry for an hour or so. The fondant will harden slightly which means there’s less chance of you damaging it when applying the pixels. When it’s soft it’s so easy to catch it with your nails or press a fingerprint or dent into it.
To make the pixels you’ll need to mix a small amount of tylo powder in with the coloured fondant. This turns the fondant into a modelling paste and gives a much denser fondant to work with. Without the tylo the fondant will drag, tear or distort meaning you won’t be able to make a proper square shape to fit together properly. You can either colour white fondant yourself with gel food colouring or buy pre coloured fondant.
You can use any square shape to cut your fondant, I use plunger cutters as they are the easiest to work with but you might be able to find something around the kitchen to use, just make sure it is food safe first though.
Once you’ve allowed the squares to dry you can then start to apply them to cake. You can make your own edible glue using a little tylo mixed with water, or even a tiny amount of water on the back of each square. Be careful if you are using water as it can run down the cake and ruin your hard work with the fondant. Start from the corners in, otherwise you might end up with a gap at the edge.
The great thing about making a cake like this is that you can use the squares to hide any imperfections, you can position them anywhere you like on the cake.
To create the birthday message and name I simply wrote directly onto the squares with an edible pen, easy!
Making the models isn’t quite as easy but there’ll be a tutorial on the models to come. If you don’t fancy making everything yourself then pop over to my eBay shop to buy the pixels to decorate your own cake the easy way.
Do you think you’ll be making your own cakes or would you rather leave it to the professionals?