Do you ever feel like over-complicating things? Do you ever feel like overextending yourself? Yeah! Me too. So when my son requested a Minion cake (and a Batman cake) for his 3rd birthday I didn’t tell him he’s dreaming. I said “Sure!”
And so, the day before his little party I found myself with 4 cakes in the oven while I laid myself out on the couch and questioned my existence.
Thankfully it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. The cake actually looked like a Minion!! It was recognisable and it was delicious! And I was finished before midnight, which is an absolute baking record for me! But that’s jumping ahead, let’s delve deep into this artist’s process.
In true Kirby style I decided to make my life difficult by opting for a yellow cream cheese icing instead of covering the cake in fondant, cream cheese icing is the ruler of all cake icing so I had to have it. I knew it would be more unstable but I wouldn’t be talked out of it! Taste is king!
To balance out that intentionally difficult path, I used packet mix chocolate cake. No one would be able to tell, and when you’re elaborately decorating a cake, you deserve to cut a corner. Three boxes were divided among 4 cake tins, baked and then I cut the tops off 3 of them to make them stackable. The fourth cake had a perfect, minion-shaped dome top.
I made a big batch of cream cheese icing and used that to stick the cake layers together. For a little surprise I cut a hole in the two middle layers and filled the hole with yellow smarties (pinata cake! aka MINION BLOOD!). After the cake was fully stacked and loaded with smarties, I mixed in some yellow food colouring to the cream cheese icing and voila – Minion skin!
Once the cake was slathered in yellow and smoothed out came the time for fondant. I was so worried that my Minion would look hideous and worthy of a #nailedit on Pinterest or Instagram. But I just kept referring back to google images and kept it simple. I used a glass to cut out the white fondant eyes. Black and white fondant mixed together (1:3 ratio) to make the goggles, which I then rolled and wrapped around the white eyes. A small circle of brown fondant for each iris and then a smaller black circle followed by the smallest ever white dot for the pupil. A strip of black was wrapped around the head for the goggle strap and a blue strip around the bottom for the overalls. Lastly, I made a tiny black crescent for the mouth and added a tiny red tongue. Little black cones on top for the weird little hairs. And Bob’s your uncle… or your Minion.
I tried to keep all of the fondant features super simple so as to not make it look ridiculous. My advice: don’t put in too much detail and 100% stay away from teeth because they will most likely look absolutely terrifying! Unless that’s what you’re going for.
My husband had the great idea of using toothpicks to hold up all the fondant overnight in the fridge – so everything just rested on the toothpicks. When we pulled them out in the morning it took all of 10 minutes for everything to droop and an eye to fall off, so we stuck the toothpicks back in and I did a super fast yellow patch up job before we whisked our cake away for the party.
I don’t mean to toot my own horn but this cake was Papaya!!!! (That’s Minion for “beautiful”… look it up).
This cake made me feel invincible! And a little ambitious! I can’t wait to see what cake he requests next year because I am on it!
So from Dreamland, Poopaye!!! (Minionese. “Goodbye”. Look it up!)
Materials: Somewhere between $50 and $60 of cake making stuff – ready made fondant, ingredients, a cake board… it’s probably cheaper to buy a cake TBH.
Time: Probably all up about 4 hours.
Difficulty: Not as difficult as I thought, but it was daunting
Satisfaction/Pride Level: (5/5) It seriously looked like it was supposed to! You can’t get any better than that!