My boys LOVE Minecraft, so it was inevitable that when their 9th birthday came around they would want a Minecraft themed party! That means I had to make a Minecraft birthday cake. Honestly, I
know knew very little about Minecraft so I had to check with them on every detail, especially the cakes.
The boys were very specific about which type of cake they each wanted. One boy wanted a cake that looked just like the cake block on Minecraft – white top, brown bottom and red squares on top. It didn’t seem like it would amount to much, but those were my instructions. My other son wanted a cake to look like a grass block from Minecraft – ‘grass’ on top and brown all around the sides. So, with my instructions in hand (yes I was given written instructions) I set off.
Today we are talking about how YOU can make this Cake Block Minecraft Birthday cake. It is SO easy to make. I think you will be shocked with how easy it is to do.
In order to make true block cakes, I used an 8-inch Wilton Square Cake Pan and made 3 layers per cake, using one Betty Crocker Boxed Cake mix for each pan. For this Cake Block Minecraft birthday cake I used all vanilla cake mixes, but you could use different ones to change the flavor of the cake.
How to make this Cake Block Minecraft Birthday Cake
I made the cakes as per the box instructions. I made 2 batches of The Best Buttercream Icing recipe and do a crumb coat – basically a thin layer of frosting that seals in the crumbs so they don’t show up on the outside icing of my cakes.
1. Make and Bake the cakes
I used 3 Betty Crocker Boxed Vanilla Cake mixes. Make and bake according to directions.
2. Stack and cover with homemade icing.
Stack the layers with icing in between. I covered it all over in white Buttercream Frosting.
Tip: To get the frosting smooth, cover it and place in the fridge. Once the icing is hard, use VIVA paper towels to help smooth the icing. Just place the paper towel on the icing and slightly pat and rub. Carefully lift the paper towel and you have much smoother icing! 🙂
3. Add the brown bottom
Since the bottom half of the cake is brown, I used a toothpick to “sketch” a rigid outline along the sides of the cake. I didn’t measure anything – I just kind of eye-balled it and got lucky both ends matched up when I finished.
Since my son wanted a smooth looking finish on his cake, I had to find a medium that would be smooth so I decided to try cinnamon. I simply used my finger tip to get this “airbrushed” look – dabbed my finger in the cinnamon and then dabbed my finger on the side of the cake. I repeated until the entire bottom of the cake was covered.
Yes, it took a lot longer than I expected, but I got the effect I was looking for, so it was worth it! Oh and I got tons of compliments on the flavor of the cake. Everyone LOVED the cinnamon on the cake. Win – win!
4. Add the red
For the red squares, I melted Red Candy Melts, quickly spread it thinly on a piece of wax paper and let it dry. It dries very quickly. Once it was dry I cut out various sized squares and transferred them to the top of the cake. I thought this turned out pretty cute, but most importantly, my son loved it!
Now you don’t have to add anything to the bottom but because I wanted to finish it off, I dyed some left over of the Buttercream Frosting red and piped the red along the bottom. You really wouldn’t have to do this if you didn’t want to.
It is really that easy!
Is this frugal?
Um… YES! If you were to pay for a custom cake you will spend $60-$150 for a cake. This cake can be made for around $5-10. If you bought an inexpensive cake at our local grocery store or Walmart you are still saving some money and your child will be so impressed with your skills!
If you are throwing a Minecraft party, make sure you make these EASY Minecraft Cake pops.