So are there any gamers out there?? This post will probably only make sense to them. I don't play Minecraft, but apparently this one is a biggie and super super popular with both kids and adults. From my limited knowledge of watching my kid play - so I know what the heck they're playing - it's kinda like a pixelated building game, where you can come up with some really cool stuff (think blocks or cubes of all types of materials) in "creative" mode or try to not to lose your stuff in "survival" mode. All of it in a 3D world in which you try to craft materials and build while avoiding mobs and other interesting characters. You can even do a multi-player games. It's kinda neat to see my kids building together in a virtual game! People have made some awesome Minecraft creations too - see a bunch here or even Game of Thrones in MC, totally amazeballs.
My big kid turned 9 last month (9!!!) and asked for a Minecraft cake. There are all sorts of them out there if you do a google search. Most involve making one of the characters and trying to re-create the building materials in edible form. I used a square pan and made a bunch of layers.
The bottom is actually a lemon cake - I know I know in no way does that look like lemon, but it is since that's kiddo's fav flavor I just tinted it dark grey to look like stone (and detail piped with a little black buttercream).
The middle is a red velvet layer piped with vanilla buttercream to look like brick.
And the top layer is chocolate piped with green buttercream to look like dirt and grass.
The yellow squares are supposed to be blocks of gold (or my kids call it butter, "because it looks like butter mom" )
The Mindcraft characters are made from candy melt. And made to look pixelated by piping smaller squares of colors until they come together in a larger square.
It's a little time consuming, but the kid only turns 9 once! I f you don't know the characters here are some:
Left side: Creeper (the main bad dudes), Cow, Skeleton, Pumpkin
Right side: Steve (the main dude), Pig, Ghast (kinda like a jellyfish that shoots fireballs) , Sheep (I know I know looks nothing like a sheep!).
And of course you need tools, that's a diamond sword (apparently the best tool) and an iron axe and another sword.
I just added the candy melt characters around and on top of the cake layers.
And made some more building materials from rice krispie treats. "Dirt" blocks made from cocoa krispies, "TNT" blocks made from red tinted treats (detail with candy melt), and "sand" blocks made from plain rice krispie treats.
Here's all the sides of the cake together (note to self, practice piping straight lines!)
And a view of the inside!
And you get a cake that most most Mindcrafters hopefully will like! My kiddo was impressed, so I'll take that as a win. He's one of my worst critics lately! (The only issue he had with this one was the sheep face and I should have used more diamond tools, apparently!)
Anyways, hope you like the birthday cake even if you have no idea what this post is about! I've been making the kids' cakes since they were born and the requests are getting harder and harder now. I'm managing to keep up - for now!!).
I'm off for a work trip to Brazil this Sunday for a week. It's a work trip but I'm hoping to have some time to enjoy the food and treats of the region (which is one of my fav things to do when visiting a new country!) Have a great rest of the week!