Both of my sons are huge Minecraft fans. At six and nine, this seems to be a fairly common obsession! So, when it came to my nine year old’s birthday, a Minecraft cake was the obvious choice (as I had already made a Skylanders one for the six year old’s birthday!).
I liked the idea of making a sword or an axe. I also wanted to make cupcakes rather than a cake. Much easier to serve and eat!
With a bit of help from Pinterest for the design, and some guessing of amounts etc. as I couldn’t find a tutorial, I made a Diamond Sword cake.
It was a hit, and my nine year old still mentions it. I’m going to struggle to top it for his tenth birthday :)
To make your own Diamond Sword, like this one, you will need:
A brownie tin (to make square cupcakes)
Plain cake mix (shop bought or homemade), enough for 16 squares
Chocolate cake mix (shop bought or homemade), enough for 15 squares
Chocolate frosting (approx 8oz)
Light blue frosting (approx 4oz)
Dark blue frosting (approx 8oz)
A large board (approx 32″x50″)
I used the brownie tin/square cupcakes as Minecraft is all about the blocks, but standard round cupcakes would work too.
Lightly grease the brownie tin, I used a baking spray, so that you don’t need cupcake liners and bake the cupcakes as your cake mix/recipe requires. I used two standard cake mixes which each made 18 square cupcakes.
Cover a large, stiff board with foil. I used a piece of scrap wood, but a couple of sheets of thick cardboard would do the job. Lay out your cupcakes in the pattern shown below.
Begin icing your cakes. I used ready made frosting in can, with the straight nozzle, but a piping bag with a straight edged nozzle would do the trick (I admit to taking the easy option here!).
To keep with the ‘block’ theme I iced them in series of straight lines. I used two different shades of blue icing, and then chocolate for the sword hilt.
I started at the point of the sword and worked my way down, pushing the cupcakes together as I went. Take care how you lay them out, they are tricky (and messy) to move once iced!
The finished cake will look something like this…
I have to say, this is one of the easiest, and most effective cakes I’ve made for the kids. A little time consuming, icing each cake individually, but it was so much easier to serve at the birthday party. I’m not a huge fan of large amounts of frosting anyway, and neither are my kids, so this was perfect with only the top of the cakes iced (and no frosting/mess on the sides…).
The kids could just grab a cupcake and go, no cutlery required!
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