Minecraft… it’s the thing that’s taken over my kids’ down time. It even zaps time away from chores, school, or other tasks… creeping in from all angles and bringing productivity to a screeching halt around our house. Let’s just say, if I had a quarter for every time I said, “Shut that off and get busy!” I’d be pretty wealthy right now.
So… I wasn’t surprised at all when it crept into my daughter’s birthday and she asked for a Minecraft birthday cake for her 8th birthday. Since her birthday is around the 4th of July, and it’s always a busy time for us, I decided to first try finding a pre-made one. After looking around and having no such luck, my oldest daughter said she’d help me make one.
Our goal was to come up with something quick and easy, affordable but yet cute, that wouldn’t require special cake making supplies to create.
What you will need:
- 2 boxes of cake mix and ingredients per instructions on box (We used chocolate and vanilla for variety.)
- 3 cans white frosting
- 2 square cupcake pans
- Large piece of cardboard to put cake on
- Aluminum foil
- Green and black food coloring
First, mix cake mix according to directions. We mixed one at a time since we only had 2 cake pans and we were using different flavors. Pour an even amount of batter into each greased section of the pan.
Bake according to instructions on box. Once the cakes are baked and cooled, you can start laying out the cakes to figure out how to place them.
Next, cut the tops off the cakes so that each one is about the same height.
Once you get them all laid out the way you want…
it’s time to frost. As you can see in the picture above, we made a 5 by 6 square cake grid for the creeper. Then we added 4 cakes across the bottom so that we could add my daughter’s gamer tag.
For the frosting, divide 2 cans in half and made 4 different shades of green. Set aside about a fourth of the last can, and color the rest black. Frosting it was so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures of this step. Sorry! Start out by picking each cake up and frosting the top and sides, then set it back in its spot. Make sure that no two squares of the same shade of green are side by side. It’s easier if you work from one side to the other. For the name plate with the gamers tag, take the white frosting you set aside and put it in a zip lock bag. Cut a small hole in the one corner, and then squeeze out the frosting as you write the name.
The only thing we would have done differently is colored the square right under the black square in the center black. It would have made it look a little more creeper-like, but we didn’t notice it until we had it mostly frosted and it was too late to try to change it out.
It was super easy to serve and a huge hit with everyone.
Most importantly, it was gamer approved. 😉
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