Minecraft Cake

When making the Minecraft Cake, one thing we ran into was how accurate the cake needed to look in real life, as well as how tasty it needed to be as well. To create the 8-bit blocky Minecraft effect, fondant was used to really give it that shine and replicate the in-game look of the item as much as possible. When we were deciding what kind of cake it would be, we referred to in-game footage of the cake and decided that the red interior resembled Red Velvet the closest! This is definitely a more technical creation since so much emphasis is placed on presentation as well as taste, so it’s a great project for any adventurous crafty types and chefs!

Red Velvet Cake:

  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tubs of Cream Cheese frosting

- Combine flour, baking soda, sugar in a bowl and mix together
- In a separate bowl, combine cocoa powder with food coloring, whisk until a thick paste
- Pour the flour, baking soda, sugar combination into a large mixing bowl
- Add melted butter
- Beat on medium to high until combined
- Add in eggs while mixing
- Add in buttermilk, vanilla extract, and red cocoa paste.
- Add paste until desired color is achieved

- Prepare two 8×8 inch pans by pouring a bit of oil and then spreading around with a napkin or paper towel
- Add in some flour and spread around until the pan is coated
- Pour cake batter into pans

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Bake cakes for ~30 minutes

- To create a layered cake, cut each cake in half with a cake leveler
- Stack each cake with a layer of frosting in between
- Apply frosting to whole cake when finished layering

FONDANT:
- 1 box of rolled Fondant
- Gel food coloring (red and brown)
- Crisco, or shortening

- Remove fondant from packaging
- Cover the surface of your working area and your hands with Crisco/shortening
- Knead fondant until soft
- To color, apply food coloring to fondant and knead until color is evenly spread (create a larger amount for brown to cover the cake, smaller for red)

- Apply crisco/shortening to rolling baton
- Roll out brown fondant to size of cake, leaving a few inches on each side
- Wrap fondant back up onto rolling baton
- Apply fondant to cake
- Flatten sides, cut off excess with a pizza cutter
- Cut out white trimming and apply to cake with dabs of water
- Cut out red squares and apply to top of cake
- Optional: dress the sides of the cake with frosting to cover up imperfections
- Cut into sixths and enjoy!