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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

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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):
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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.

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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″.

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For the frosting I used store bought vanilla and tinted approx 3/4 of it yellow.

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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.

The finished cake:
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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. :-)



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These red kidney bean, rice and mince burritos are usually one of Ryan’s dishes, but I decided to give the recipe a try!

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You will need
400g mince meat
1 cup long grain rice
1 tin of 420g kidney beans, drained
1 tin of 400g chopped tomatoes
1 cup of cold water
Grated cheese to serve
1 packet mix of chilli powder (I used Schwartz hot chilli con carne)
8 tortillas

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Method
Add rice and a pinch of salt (if required) to a large pan of boiling water. Stir once then reduce the heat, cover and
simmer for 15 minutes or until rice is tender.

Drain in a sieve and set aside.

Pan fry the mince meat in oil on a medium heat.

While the meat is browning, drain the beans and add to a sauce pan with oil. Add the tomatoes and chilli powder mix with a cup of cold water and stir.

Once the mince is cooked add this to the beans and tomatoes, mix well and leave to simmer. The aim is to evaporate most of the water.

Microwave the Soft Corn Tortillas on full power for 35-40 seconds or heat in the oven following the pack instructions.

Enjoy!

I served ours in a large salad bowl, with the grated cheese in a smaller bowl and store bought guacamole and sour cream.

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They were very spicy! But we both really enjoyed them.



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A quick and easy recipe for sausage and bacon pasta (you could also use spaghetti).

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You will need
    250g pasta or spaghetti
    250g bacon, chopped and cooked
    500g sausages
    olive oil for frying
    1 jar (500g) tomato pasta sauce (or make your own)
Mixed herbs

Method

Cook the pasta / spaghetti according to packet directions, usually 10 minutes in a saucepan of boiling water. Drain well and set aside.

Cook the chopped bacon in a frying pan till crisp, drain the excess fat and remove from the pan. In the same pan, cook the sausages.

Once cooked remove the sausages and cut into pieces, put back in the pan along with the bacon and pasta sauce.
   
Add herbs (I used Schwartz mixed pasta herbs) and cook for approximately 10 – 15 mins.

Serve with the cooked pasta / spaghetti, I add some grated cheese to the top (not shown in photo).

Enjoy!