Minecraft Cake with modeling chocolate
It was my Aadi's birthday recently and he wanted a Mine craft Cake. Those of you that know mine craft and have done a cake will understand why I wasn't looking forward to doing it.
Now I was all set to make the Minecraft Cake with Aadi insisted he wanted to help with the cake.
" you never let me do cakes with you!! now this is my cake I want to help you' Mama please can I do with you?
Well, so it was time to take a step back and decide - do I want to do this cake professionally as a cake decorator or do I want to let the mom take over and have fun!!
Well, Of course, the mom took over. So we did the cake together and though not perfect I have such amazing memories of this cake.
At first, we could not decide on what cake!! He kept going back and forth with a few options!! He does that every year!!
So not knowing what he will decided I got a sheet cake ready. This is my Chocolate Vanilla Sheet Cake Recipe.
Then, of course, we decided to make a Minecraft so I cut that into three squares 7 x 7
A mine craft cake is made with a square that is the same on all sides, so instead of your usual two layers, you actually need 3 layers.
For example, three layers of 6 x 6 inch each 2 inch high will give you 6 inches on all sides - so it's 6" high and 6" wide!!
Now all you do is frost and it's a block!! which is what mine craft is all about.
Now this one is not perfectly iced... but I have shared with you how to get perfect edges on a Square cake
While I do not have a proper tutorial for you on how to make a Minecraft Cake.
I thought I'd take a few progress pictures and show you what works best - just in case you decide to make a Mine Craft Cake.
- I'd suggest using either Modeling Chocolate or Fondant with CMC added to it.
My son loves modeling chocolate so I made the squares with modeling chocolate. I colored the MC with Gel Colors and rolled them into sheets.
- Cover your cake with fondant first before you add the squares. You will get a better finish. I didn't cause Aadi doesn't like fondant.
- Make the squares ahead of time and let them air dry so they are firm to handle.
- I use Jessica Harris's method of Parchment for the first time and it worked really well. She has an amazing class on Craftsy that she shared in great detail. Read about Craftsy and her classes here.
- Measure the exact size of your cake and get some templates printed from the internet.
I personally got the template to match the size of my cake so I could just attach it onto the cake.
Here you can see my templates and my colored modeling chocolate. I do have a video on youtube on how to color modeling Chocolate.
- Cut each sheet into a large square - place it on your template - and cut the squares. First horizontally and then vertically as shown below. Just follow the lines on your template.
If you have let your paste rest for a while you will see that you can cut thru them easily.
If you are using Fondant with CMC - you may need to let the paste air dry for more than just a few minutes. (depending on humidity)
- Do that is all the colors that are in the templates you printed.
- I did three shades of green, orange, three shades of brown, teal and white.
- Now take a piece of parchment paper a little larger than the template you have.
- Secure it with Scotch tape, so it won't' move on you.
- Spread some vegetable shortening on it liberally.
- Now start placing the squares on the template - It's just like putting a puzzle together.
- Ensure you use a scale to keep everything within the lines.
Now you can see - this is not really very neat or professionally done. Why?
It's my Aadi's work.
Honestly, I think he did a great job. He loves puzzles so it was fun for him and he so enjoyed every bit of it.
Here are some pictures of him working on it.
- After he finished the four sides he did the top without any template because he wanted to create something that he had in his mind.
And then he wanted to create the character - which I helped my squaring the pieces for him. But he was so excited about doing it all himself. look how concentrated he is!!
Ah well. I think he will remember this cake better than he will remember all the other birthday cakes for sure.
- Well, then all you do it release the parchment paper from the scotch tape.
- Apply water of sugar glue to the pieces on the top. I preferred to dampen the side of my cake.
- Pick it up in your hands - All the pieces should have stuck to the parchments because of the veg shortening. Usually, none will fall off.
- Line the parchment paper with the side of your cake.
- Gently press to adhere and viola - all the pieces will stick to your cake.
- just wipe off any excess veg shortening and you are done.
Here are the four sides that he did.. I helped with the first two sides... but then he took over and I think it's a splendid job for an eight-year-old. Don't you think?
Here he is with his cake.. very proud indeed.
He hates too much frosting so he's cake was made with very little chocolate frosting in it too.
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