Minecraft is one of the most popular games going right now. To play this game you place blocks and build anything you want! I researched that, yo. I had no idea what Minecraft was when I first heard the name. And after telling people about the cake I was working on, I learned I was not alone. Who are the people making this game popular? I know exactly who . . . the YOUNG! Unfortunately, I am not in that age category anymore. I’m not my Grandma old (98), but apparently, neither am I young, or hip.
This cake was one of the most time consuming cakes I have ever undertook. Actually, I think it can claim first prize. From start to finish, it took me around 20 hours to complete this cake. I can’t believe my short attention span lasted that long! The construction of the cake is not technically difficult, it is simply very time consuming.
The first step was to make the 1,620 one centimeter by one centimeter squares. 1,620! I ended up with a couple dozen left over, but that was better than being short a couple! I used a mixture of gum paste and fondant to make the squares, and used a french fry cutter blade to cut out multiple squares at a time. I let them dry and harden over a couple of days.
After I had all of the squares cut out . . . which took about ten of the twenty hours, it was time to carve the cake. This cake in particular was a dense chocolate cake, filled with salted caramel buttercream. I wanted to use a heavy cake for this one to ensure that it would hold up during the carving and construction process.
Cutting the cake perfectly square was essential. I wanted it to be a PERFECT 9″ cube. So, using a (clean, brand new) metal square, I measured, sketched the cut lines, lined them up, and using the GIANT cake carving knife, I started carving.
After the cube of cake was carved, I went about icing it. I thought this step would be incredibly hard, but it ended up being surprising easy. I referred to the metal square to make sure that I was icing evenly, and in relative short time, it was covered.
The first line of the tiles was essential to ensuring that the cube remained perfectly square. I carefully lined the first row up and just went from there, working my way down.
Finishing this cake was one of my happiest moments. I knew it looked awesome . . . and I was incredibly happy to be finished!
The little guy on top is called a Creeper. I made it out of solid gum paste, and then used coloured buttercream to create the “pixelation”. Using a wood skewer, I pushing it into the (very solid) cake.
If you’re about to take on the task of making a cake like this, make sure you give yourself plenty of time! It’s pretty simple when you think about it, it just takes a long time.