This weekend, my younger brother turned 12 and he requested a Minecraft themed party. I volunteered to make him a Minecraft cake and he was so excited. It only occurred to me later on that I was going to have to figure out HOW to do it.
So, if like me, you want to make a child’s birthday or you’re just wondering how to do it, I’m here to help!
My brother told me he wanted a chocolate cake but you can make any flavour cake you’d like. I used a 10 inch (25cm) square cake pan.
1. Make the Cake
For the cake:
- 280g (10oz) butter, room temperature
- 280g (10oz) caster sugar
- 5 eggs
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 250g (9oz) self raising flour
- 25g (1oz) Cocoa Powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC (160ºC fan, Gas 4) and thoroughly grease a square 10 inch (25cm) cake tin.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
- Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder and mix well.
- Add eggs to butter mixture, one at a time, and add 1/5 of flour mixture after each egg.
- Pour in vanilla extract and mix until combined and pour into cake tin.
- Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, until a skewer, inserted in the centre of the cake, comes out clean.
- Allow cake to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before turning out on a wire rack.
2. Assemble the Cake
For the filling:
- 200g Cadbury dairy milk (or your favourite chocolate), melted
- Once the cake is fully cooled, level the chocolate cake by cutting the top until flat then divide the cake length ways through the middle. Put the shaved off chocolate cake to one side to use later.
- Pour over 3/4 of the melted chocolate on the bottom half and sandwich the other half on top.
- Cut out a section of the cake. You can use my template below or create your own (but remember to make the shape out of squares, like Minecraft!).
- Layer the cut out piece on top of the cake using the remaining melted chocolate to fix it to the cake.
- Place cake onto a cake board (you can also use some melted chocolate to fix the cake to the board).
3. The ‘Dirt’
For the chocolate buttercream:
- 225g butter
- 175g melted chocolate, room temperature
- 250g icing sugar, sifted
- 1tbsp semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl. I used the microwave, heating it at 30 second intervals and stirring in between to avoid burning the chocolate.
- Leave to cool slightly.
- Mix the butter, milk, vanilla and icing sugar in a mixer until smooth.
- Add the chocolate and mix until thick and creamy.
For the ‘dirt’:
- 15 chocolate digestive biscuits
- left over chocolate cake
This will be used to pat on the side of the cake to give the soil look of the grass square in Minecraft.
- Put chocolate digestives into a zip lock bag and close it up. With a rolling pin or a mallet, beat the biscuits into crumbs.
- Crumble the left over chocolate cake shavings into the bag and mix until it looks like soil.
- Pipe the chocolate buttercream on the sides of the chocolate cake using a piping bag and a round nozzle. Then, pat the ‘dirt’ mixture onto the sides.
4. The ‘Grass’
For the vanilla buttercream (the grass):
- 110g butter
- 500g icing sugar, sifted
- 60ml (3tbsp) semi-skimmed milk
- 2tsp vanilla essence
- green food colouring (preferably gel)
This will be dyed green and will be the grass on top of the ‘dirt’ squares.
- Mix together, butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla essence in a mixer until combined.
- Scrape down the sides with a spatula and add green food colouring (I use gel food colouring as it gives a stronger colour and doesn’t add extra liquid to the mixture).
- Mix in the food colouring until the colour is even throughout.
- Put buttercream into a piping bag with a star tip.
- Pipe small spikes all over the top surfaces of the cake in neat rows to look like grass.
I piped more of the green buttercream onto the cake board to give the effect of layered grass. It also allowed me to secure fondant figures from Minecraft to the cake board. These figures were bought online but if you have time and the skill, you could make them yourself ahead of time. I added the element of sand to the cake board by crumbling plain digestive biscuits and securing it using edible glue (you could also use water icing). Similarly, I used edible glue to secure blue fondant to the cake board to add water to the scene.
I was really proud of this cake, mostly because my brother was super happy with it and was so excited to see it. This is a really simple design for Minecraft. If you have the imagination, you can create different scenes using this basic technique.
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