Was there life before Minecraft?If so, I don’t remember it.
I think that game has single handedly kept my children and me from losing our sanity during this never-ending Iowa winter.
So when we starting thinking about Owen’s birthday cake (I’m not a fan of cooking, but for some reason I have this crazy obsession with one-upping my birthday cakes each year), the only logical idea was Minecraft. And Owen chose a creeper. I searched the Internet and found a few photos of creeper cakes, but no good instructions. So my fantastic/good sport/mathematical husband helped me come up with a game plan.
I’m sharing it here with you in case your 10-year-old wants a creeper cake this year.
You will need two 9×13 cakes for this project. We baked them and then froze them. Once they were frozen we (or I should say Corey) used the electric knife to cut them into rectangles with flat sides.
The completed cake is a total of five pieces.
2 – 5 1/4″ squares (to stack for the head)
1 – 8 x 5 1/4″ rectangle for the body
2 – 4 x 5 1/4″ rectangles (to stack for the feet)
I love working in kitchen with my hubby cuz he brings in tools from the garage. Love the square he’s using to guide his cuts. (He’s so handy, in fact, that he made me a slotted spoon by drilling holes into a big spoon with his dewalt drill. Love him 🙂 )
Next, I mixed up the butter cream frosting while Corey rolled out the fondant. We used this fondant recipe. It is wwwaaayyyy better than store bought. (The stuff we bought last year tasted like gum that had already been chewed.)
Once the cake was frosted with buttercream, we (I mean Corey) layed the fondant over it.
We didn’t end up the sharp corners we wanted, but I think it’s because I used box cake mixes. Homemade cakes are a lot firmer. Our Pillsbury cakes were a little spongy.
My engineer husband came up with the pattern we used to make the creature look “minecrafty.” We used spray on food coloring (which did not work as well as I had hoped.) I also ended up mixing a little gel food coloring with a tiny bit of water and free handed the darkest squares onto the cake.
Once we were done with the green, I used modeling chocolate for the face and feet. Here’s the recipe I used. I just rolled it out and cut around the pattern Corey made for the face and the feet. I attached them to the cake with a little butter cream frosting.
It was a lot of work, and it’s far from perfect, but it’s not too bad for our second attempt at a fondant cake. The birthday boy is happy, but I don’t think Buddy is gonna hire me or Corey anytime soon.
note: The fondant and modeling chocolate need to be made a day in advance.