How to make a minecraft cake.
I used 4 (3oz) 85g packages of jello and that made enough for about 8- 2x2" blocks of "water"
Don't follow package directions, only mix one cup of boiling water for each package of jello (instead of 2). Better to put the jello into a deep container (like a loaf pan) to make sure that your block are big enough.
I used a double recipe of Rice Krispies treats and had LOTS leftover, one recipe would probably have been enough for the cake I made. Make sure you make it thick enough to get the size block you need.
Basic rice krispies treats:
6 cups rice krispies cereal
40 large marshmallows (1 standard package)
3 tablespoons of butter
Melt butter and marshmallows in a large pot on low heat. Once melted, add the cereal and stir until coated. Press mixture into a greased pan.
I used this recipe:
I made a double recipe baked in a 10x15" pan to get the 2 inch high blocks.
If you want to use a single recipe and still want 2 inch high blocks, you will have to use a pan(s) smaller than 9x13"
1 chocolate cake mix (I used Devil's food chocolate)
1 package chocolate pudding mix (4 serving size)
4 egg whites
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup plus two tablespoons vegetable oil (I say one tablespoon in the video, that was an error)
1 cup sour cream
Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix on low until combined and then on medium/high for two minutes more. Scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl to make sure all ingredients get incorporated. Pour batter into a well greased 9x13 inch pan (or whatever size pan you need to get the thickness of blocks you need) A 9x13" pan will give you blocks that are about 1.5" in height.
Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (or with only a few moist crumbs and the center springs back slightly when pressed)
Let cool in pan for a few minutes and then turn out onto cooling rack(s)
This cake is dense and fudgy and delicious, it is a bit thicker than regular chocolate cake but it is very good and excellent for sculpting.
Frost the tops of the cake blocks with green frosting. This is the buttercream frosting I use:
2/3 cup butter -- softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons cream or milk
In a bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in vanilla and enough cream or milk until desired spreading consistency. Beat the mixture for at least five minutes and it should lighten in colour and get very light and fluffy.
Tint the frosting using green paste food colour, you can use liquid food colour as well, but may have to decrease the amount of milk you use or increase the icing sugar a bit to compensate for the extra liquid.
1 batch frosts a 2-layer, 13 x 9-inch cake or about 2 doz cupcakes
Printable minecraft characters/objects.
There are many sites out there, here is an example of a couple.
I printed mine out on white cardstock paper and they were much easier to fold and were more durable. You could give away the paper characters to party guests as well :)
I will not be answering any substitution questions for the cake. You can use whatever cake recipe you want, I'm only suggesting this cake because it is so easily sculpt-able. The ingredients in the cake are required to make it the way it is.
The jello stayed very stable at room temperature and didn't melt or ooze ever after several hours.
Add the paper decorations just before serving.
If you put the minecraft paper cutouts on the cake place a small piece of plastic wrap between the paper and the frosting to keep the ink in the paper from transferring to the frosting.
Once the frosting crusts up you should be able to cover the whole cake with plastic wrap to transport it to the party if required.
Here are the links to the videos mentioned at the end if you are on a device that doesn't allow you to click the screen:
Birthday cakes from 1 yr to 11yrs.
kit kat icecream cake