Friday, 15 April 2016

Minions Birthday Cake

My boy turns 11 today. We recently watched the Minions movie and I thought it would be a relatively easy cake to do for him... It only took about a week...

He loves chocolate cake, so there was no contest there. I used the store cupboard chocolate cake recipe from Decorated, a four layer 7 inch cake. It worked well although my bockety old oven burnt the top. I was able to trim it with my cake cutter so that it still looked smooth. In fact it's the first time I've made a layer cake which actually looked level!

For the minions, I couldn't stop thinking about the Cocoa Box truffles, so I thought I'd use those to shape the minion figures instead of having big lumps of icing. First I made a truffle mixture 2:1 chocolate: cream. I used 300 g milk chocolate, 200g dark chocolate and 250 ml double cream. I beat it carefully (with some help from Himself) but it didn't really go hard like at The Cocoa Box so I added golden syrup (about 100 ml I reckon) and left it over night. Then I used an ice cream scoop to dig it out and moulded it by hand into randon minion shapes. This part was very messy! Have a sink full of water at the ready! I made several taller ones - like Kevin, and a number of smaller ones - Bob and Stuart. This mixture made about 14 minion shapes, but you can adjust to make them bigger or smaller of course...

Once these had set (I left them overnight again), I trawled through YouTube to find a tutorial to help me, and this tutorial by Francesca SugarArt was the one I followed, to a point. Below are my step-by-step photos - when I remembered to take them along the way! Obviously I improvised as I went along... and ran out of time so these are feet-less minions.
I thought it would be fun to make the name out of bananas. All the black I used was painted on, using a mixture of black gel food colouring and a smidge of vodka.

Once it was cut, the boys ate it and declared it good. Phew!

Happy Birthday Joey. Love you.


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