I was planning on taking the summer off from making cakes but I kept getting these AMAZING orders that I couldn’t turn down! I love getting an order that’s unique, challenging and FUN!!! When Jyl from Mom It Forward came to me for a Minecraft cake I was super excited!!!
We started by looking at what was already out there (pinterest) and there was a lot of the same cake repeated over and over again and Jyl wanted something never done before! I LOOOOOVE that! So she told me her son’s favorite pieces in minecraft and two of those, the pig and watermelon, became the cake!
I love these themed carved cakes so much. I prob spend as much time PLANNING out a cake as I do actually MAKING the cakes! Getting the dimentions right on these cakes is KEY. you don’t want it to look wonky, too tall, too thin, too squatty, etc.. That’s what can ruin a cake, esp one made out of perfect BLOCKS
For this one I started by finding some good images online, and putting together this to send Jyl to get the a-okay. Then I decided on dementions, and the measurements for each piece of the cakes (so I can know what to bake and what boards to cut.).
And here is the finished cake! I think they matched up really well!!! The one thing I changed was turning the pigs head, I liked that aspect of it, so it wasn’t too straight on and helped the the illusion of it being a character not cake.
Looking back at this cake there isn’t much I would change. I debated a lot putting blocks of fondant all over the pig or watermelon vs the more occasional blocks I ended up going with. I am still really glad that I choose this. I think it would have been too distracting otherwise.
I started by cutting a 3/4 inch thick board, and nailed some dowels into it, then wrapped the boards in foil. Get the damp with either water or corn syrup and cover it with a thin layer of fondant. You can use green, or like me white (I spray painted it later like I did for the texture and color effect it creates)
Next add your chocolate block legs, and cover then with fondant! they were so small it would have been hard to cover them like normal so I just wrapped them, keeping the seems inside where they wouldn’t show.
Next nail on a foil wrapped board. notice it’s off set? I did a lot of research into minecraft pigs and this is what they looked like, promise!
add your first layer of cake to that board, and frost it, I like working with ganache for under fondant, it holds shapes better, including sharp corners!
Notice I add a board to the middle of the body, this one is to support the HEAD, so I cut it out with my Jig Saw to the exact size of the body/head combo. And wrap it in foil (for food safety, vs cut wood.
the rest of the body gets placed on top, then I cut out a gap to fit the square head into the body.
from this angle you can see the hold better, be careful of that left side, its just a BIT of a corner left and it’s easy to cut to far and cut it off (it can be glued back on with ganache, but it’s better not to cut it.)
Now add the head, making sure to frost inside that cut area to it helps hold the head in. Notice the head sticks out above the body, that’s why I cut the full square out, rather than just add the cake to the front of the body.
Next up? Fondant!!! Make sure to get it in to the creases and create sharp corners!!! This will help it look more realistic, since mincraft is all blockish with sharp corners! to rounded sides in minecraft!
The watermelon is a stacked round cake that I carved into a block based watermelon slice and then placed onto its side (and covered in ganache of course)
To finish up the watermelon I covered it with white fondant, then spray painted the outside green and the inside bright red. then added white fondant squares for the rind and the black squares for seeds. I don’t use the spray paint a lot, but I love the look for certain effects and I thought it was perfect for the grass and watermelon!
to finish off the pig I dyed white fondant in a few different shades of pinks, tan, black and of course some white. I cute out tons of squares of each color and added it to the cake. The face, “toes” and tail were very specific colors the rest was unique on each pig image I found so I just had some fun with placement.
Oh and the ears had specific colors. My middle boys are both HUGE minecraft fans, so when they came in to my office and saw all the pig and watermelon images pulled up they were SO excited. As the experts at home I asked them to “help” me. They gave me the a-okay when I finished, now they both want minecraft parties next year!Ashlee Marie by Email