My dad’s birthday was this weekend, he really enjoys the Despicable Me films so I decided to bake him a minion cake.
My first ever character cake!
I used a 9″ x 13″ sheet pan and used a vanilla sponge receipe for the cake itself. The one I use is designed for a 7″ round tin but it worked well for this – no batter spillage and baked well! Yay!
Wilton cake release is a God send – the cake popped easily out of the pan! I buy mine from Lakeland.
I added round sprinkles for a ‘funfetti’ cake and chocolate curls
To make the cake look like a minion cake, I followed this image from Pinterest as a guide (after making the cake I found Betty Crocker actually has a full tutorial! There method is a little different):
Here’s how I did it…
Make sure to let the cake cool completely before cutting or decorating!
Cut the edges of the cake to make an oblong shape.
Trim one end flat – this will be the bottom of the cake where the top of the minion’s trousers will be. I cut approx 2″.
For the frosting I used store bought vanilla and tinted approx 3/4 of it yellow.
Add a crumb coat to the cake with a thin layer of frosting and leave in the fridge to set – I left mine for approx 20 minutes.
Next add a thicker layer of frosting and smooth over with a pallet knife or spatula. It took 3 coatings to cover my cake but this was probably due to the funfetti sprinkles showing through. I suggest at least 2 coatings.
Put the cake in the fridge again to set for approx 15 minutes until the icing is firm.
For the blue trousers and facial features I used blue, black and white rolling icing and a blue edible pen for the details.
Using the black icing add an outline to the blue trousers and roll thin sausages shapes for the mouth and hair.
Cut out a circle from the white icing for the minion’s eye and add to the top centre of the cake, I used a small black circle for the pupil and a thin sausage shape for the outline. You will also need to roll 2 thick sausage shapes for the straps of the googles.
Add the mouth and hair prepared previously to the minion and add details, as required, to the trousers.
Not perfect and there are a few things I’d do differently if I tried this or a character cake again but I’m really pleased with it.