DIY Minion Cake
I would just like to start by saying that this was my first time ever using fondant and I absolutely loved it. It was super easy to use and it made the cake look significantly better than I expected. I also kinda just winged it while making the cake so feel free to improvise if you think you have a better way of doing something.
Last, before we get started, if you haven’t worked with fondant before here is a link to a great video on how to use it: Fondant for Beginners Video
What You’ll Need:
- Two boxes of cake mix (I used funfetti) and whatever ingredients you will need to bake the cakes (eggs, oil, etc)
- Two of containers of frosting (I used buttercream and you may only need one and a half)
- A flat cake icing spatula
- A large clear or silver tray from the dollar store
- Two or three small clear sandwich bags
- A Rolling pin
- Black icing
- Red food coloring
- A bag of soft eating black liquorice (optional)
- Corn starch or confectioners sugar (I used confectioners sugar even though the video wants you to use corn starch)
- Two packages of Pre-made Fondant – One in blue and one in yellow
- A fondant smoother
- A fondant trimmer or pizza cutter (pizza cutter worked just as good) 😉
- Step 1: Bake the cakes as directed on the box. Once the cakes are baked, carefully trim the top corners of the cake to make rounded edges with the flat icing spatula.
- Step 2: Remove the cakes from the freezer or fridge. Using the buttercream frosting (or frosting of your choice) add icing to the middle, sides and tops of the cakes. Once they are frosted, stack one cake on top of the other.
- Using a wet/damp paper towel, remove any excess icing that may have landed on the clear tray.
- Step 3: Using corn starch or confectioners sugar and your rolling-pin, on a clean table or counter roll out your fondant (blue and yellow – my assistant Ashley pictured below) 😉
- Step 4: Remove your frosted cakes from the fridge or freezer.
- Place the flattened yellow fondant on top of the frosted cakes. Smooth the fondant with your fondant smoother and trim the edges with your pizza cutter or trimmer.
- Using a damp paper towel gently wipe the smoothed fondant
- Step 5: Using the blue fondant, cut a straight edge on one side (while the fondant is still on the table) with your pizza cutter. Place the straight-edged fondant on top of the yellow fondant with the straight edge towards the middle.
- Step 6: Using a small knife or the pizza cutter, cut two small triangles out of the blue fondant towards the top and on the sides.
- Roll two small arms out of the extra yellow fondant
- Create two small “pockets” out of the extra blue fondant
- Attach the arms to the triangle cut outs. I used a small amount of frosting and two toothpicks on each side to attach the arms to the sides.
- Place the bottom of the hands on top of the cake towards the bottom. Lay the “pockets” over the yellow hands. Using a damp paper towel, smooth the pockets and body together.
- Using the pizza cutter, cut out a small circle and center pocket
- Using a toothpick, gently press the edge of the toothpick against the corners of the center pocket and the larger layer of blue fondant. Follow the same pattern for the smaller middle circle, pocket edges and triangle edges.
- Step 7: Using a medium size circle (I used the cap of my giant cinnamon container – some people use measuring cups), cut out two eyes from the excess yellow fondant
- Step 8: Using the remainingbuttercream frosting, frost the eyes
- In a small bowl mix a TINY amount of black frosting with the white buttercream frosting to make a grey colored frosting
- Cut a tiny corner off of the edge of the sandwich bag and add the grey frosting
- Carefully, squeeze the grey frosting around the outside of the eyes to make the goggles
- Using the black icing, create the bands of the goggles
- This next step is optional, if you do not want to use black liquorice, you can simply use the black icing. Cut the ends of the liquorice so you have two small circles and place them on the frosted eyes. Cut an additional three liquorice circles, place two on the corners of the triangles and one in the center of the middle circle on the pocket. For the hair, cut three pieces of liquorice in different shapes and sizes with different edges. Press the “hair” into the top of the yellow fondant. Cover the liquorice “hair” with some black icing to give a textured look. If you do not want to use liquorice for hair, try shaping some remaining fondant and covering it with black icing. (You may need to use toothpicks to hold the fondant hair in place)
- Step 9: Using a toothpick, trace the outline of the mouth
- Cut the corner of another small sandwich bag and place the black icing tube inside (this will allow you to create a tiny line for the mouth)
- Carefully, squeeze the black icing along the traced mouth line
- On a separate surface, using a small piece of extra yellow fondant, add a drop or two of red food coloring to create the tongue. Once created place the tongue on top of the mouth line.
CONGRATS You just made your first Fondant Minion Cake!
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