Aurélie and I are quite proud of that one. It takes courage to make this 3D Minion cake. When you spend two hours on decoration, this is not a cake anymore, this is a piece of art! In a way, I’m a little bit sad when I think it is going to be cut to pieces… But we had so much fun making it, he played his role brilliantly, he can be eaten in peace now. RIP Stuart the Minion ;-)
More seriously for those who intend to embark on the adventure of making this 3D Minion Cake, the only complicated step is to cover the cake and the polystyrene base (yes, we are making a mutant Minion: half-cake, half-polystyrene) of fondant. The rest is simple, it’s a bit like playing with plasticine. But it is long, very long… And I should remind you not to use anything else for a nice, firm base for the cake and a buttercream or chocolate ganache for the icing. Other wise your fondant would slide down because of its weight while your cake waits (not in the refrigerator, because of the fondant) to be eaten.
And also, if any of you makes this Minion cake, please share the picture with me on Facebook, I’d love to see how you got on!
- 2 15cm cakes of your choice (one not flattened, we want to keep the bulge for the top of the head)
- a buttercream of your choice or chocolate ganache
- 1.5kg yellow fondant
- 500g Atlantic blue fondant
- some brown, black, silver, white fondant
- 1 15cm diameter polystyrene base to raise the height of the cake
- 1 25cm diameter cake platter
- one 5cm and one 6cm round cookie cutter
- one 1.5cm round plunger cutter
- edible glue
- Attach the cake that was flattened on polystyrene base with a little icing. Place the cake with the bule on top of the first, spreading some icing in between. With a knife reshape the top of the cake to give the rounder shape of a Minion's head (that is to say a bit flat at the top and rounded on the sides).Ice the cakes with a thin layer of icing (do the same thing for the polystyrene base) and let it set for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
- Roll out the silver fondant to 1cm thick and cut out the ring for the Minion glasses using a 6cm and a 5cm cutter. a punch and a 6cm 5cm. Make 6 small balls to make the bolts of the glasses, and stick them to the ring using a little edible glue.
- Make the eye. Model a 5cm dome in white fondant, then cover it with a white fondant disc. Add two strips of yellow fondant to create the eyelids. Resize the eye using a 6cm round cutter.
- Cut a 1.5cm disc in brown fondant, add a smaller black fondant disc in the middle, than an even smaller white fondant dot to create the pupil. Place the pupil in the middle of the white eye.
- Place the glasses ring on the eye and model 2 small rectangles on each side of the ring to complete the glasses.
- Cut out two buttons, the mittens and shoes of your Minion in black fondant. Cut out a semicircle in black fondant for the mouth and add 4 small white fondant semicircles for the teeth.
- Once the icing is well-set, roll out the yellow fondant in a rectangle long enough to go around the cake and wide enough to cover it up to the line of the Minion's glasses. Cover the cake in fondant and cut the excess with a knife.
- Then spread out a circle in yellow fondant to cover the head of the Minion with it. Trim off the excess fondant at the junction with the rectangle and smooth. Cut a 2cm wide strip in black fondant and stick around the head of the Minion with edible glue, using it to cover the junction line of the yellow fondant. Then glue the eye in the middle.
- Attach the minion on one side of cake platter with a little icing, the eye of the Minion facing towards the of the plate so that you have space to give legs to your Minion. Cut a strip in blue fondant to form the bottom the dungarees, a trapeze to form the front, and the front pocket. Glue all these elements on the body of the Minion using the edible glue.
- Then form 2 yellow rolls for the arms and 2 small blue ones for the leg. Assemble all the elements of the body (arms, legs, mittens, shoes) with edible glue.
- Finish by cutting and adding to the the body the two blue straps of the dungarees, and the buttons. Create the seams of the dungarees by gently rolling a pizza or pastry wheel near the edges of the straps, the front par and the pocket of the garment. Finally add the mouth, and complete your Minion by 6 strands of hair on the top of his head.