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A Minecraft Birthday!

A Minecraft Birthday!

Attie LOVED his Minecraft-themed birthday cake today!
Each block of the cake was a Minecraft block...

Grass - hedgehog slice with green coconut icing
Sand - rice crispie squares
Water - blue jelly (jello)
Snow - chocolate cake with white icing
TNT - chocolate cake with red licorice

 

... here's the view from the top.

 

And the rather hastily made diamond pickaxe, which he loved so much that he took it to bed with him.

 

It turned out to be an excellent idea for a cake actually - no cutting and no cleaning up!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET BOY!


UPDATE!

Okay so there are a LOT of people stopping by to check out Minecraft cakes!
Here's some more info for the people that were asking...

DIAMOND PICKAXE

This was super easy!

I got a piece of white foamboard and marked out a grid of 1" squares in pencil. I did a Google image search for 'Minecraft diamond pickaxe' and used it as a guide for colouring in the squares. If I had more time I probably would have painted them or used better markers, but it was a last minute decision so I just used whatever markers I could find in the kids room (NOTE: once you cut it out the pickaxe is kinda flimsy, so I recommend doing all the colouring before you cut).

After I coloured in the squares, I outlined the axe in black permanent marker and then cut it out with a craft knife. It's only coloured on one side because I was in a hurry, which annoys the heck out of me. I want to fix it but Attie won't let me have it back :)

MINECRAFT BLOCK CAKE

The biggest challenge with the cake was making all the blocks the same dimensions! I did this by using a bunch of icecream containers that were the same size (for the jello, rice crispie squares and hedgehog slice) and cake tins of similar height. The first cubes I cut (I think it was the grass blocks) became the sample that I used to measure all the others against.

Grass Blocks

I made the hedgehog slice using this recipe:

225g plain coffee biscuits (like Marie or Milk Coffee)
115g butter
115g sugar
2 tb cocoa
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Smash the biscuits into smithereens, leaving some chunky bits.
Melt the butter and sugar in a saucepan over gentle heat.
Stir in the cocoa and (well-beaten) egg and bring it to the boil, then take it off the stove.
Add the biscuits and vanilla, stir it up and press the mixture into a pan.
(I used an icecream container to get tall ones).
Fridge it until set.

When they were hard, I sliced them into cubes and iced them with green royal icing. 
The grass sprinkled on top is shredded coconut with green food colouring stirred through.

Sand Blocks

Regular rice crispie squares made extra tall

Water Blocks

Three packets of blueberry jelly crystals set in an icecream container for height

Snow Blocks

Chocolate cake cut into cubes, then iced with white royal icing

TNT Blocks

Snow blocks with red licorice cut to size and 'TNT' written in black tube icing

 

I was going to take more pics but the kids ate it all too fast. I hope this has inspired lots more Minecraft birthday cakes... send me some pics if you make something!

Friday, 1 June, 2012