My son wanted a Minecraft cake for his birthday. What is a mum to do who is not keen on playing around with icing and the like?
After some googling of other people's ideas, I opted for a two coloured dough to make Minecraft grass blocks. I made a chocolate cake dough to go at the bottom and a normal dough with green food colouring to be the top layer.
These went into a flat oven pan and were baked for roughly 30 minutes. When finished it didn't look like what I had expected. I hadn't realised that the outside would not look green – it was browned like any regular coloured cake. Oh no!
At this point the options were to either cut off the top to reveal the green dough or to use icing after all. After doing some tests I decided that taking off the top was a no go – as the cake looked seriously mouldy:
Icing it was:
The next problem was that the edible cake toppers that I had ordered more than a week ago had not arrived. I had contacted the eBay seller and they had sent out another set on Thursday afternoon. I was baking on Friday and the party was going to be the next morning at 11. There was only a very slim chance the toppers would arrive on time. The only solution was to use Google again, find some images and make some non-edible paper cake toppers with tooth picks. Luckily I'm much more handy with paper and scissors than with icing and I thought these had turned out quite well.
The next morning we had very little time to get ready (we are late starters on weekends) and I still wanted to make a cake base from cardboard and some green paper to put the cake pieces on. While I was busy doing that, miracle over miracle, the edible cake toppers arrived about 30 minutes before we had to leave! They were supposed to be stuck into the cake pieces to stand up, but now that I had made my own standing up ones (which looked much better than the bought ones, even if I say so myself), I decided that they had to be 'glued' (with icing) onto the cake blocks. This meant another quick job before we could go:
Everything was packed up and off we went. At the party place I arranged everything on the green base and was actually quite pleased with the result, even though it was far from perfect, and the children loved it: