“Green colour is chlorophyll in Hoppers’ colouring, black is activated charcoal, brown is carob. Fondant is a marshmallow fondant made in the Thermomix with salted buttercream underneath. The cake itself is a double layered vanilla magic bean cake.
For the squares, I rolled out the coloured fondant on baking parchment with a bunch of cornflour to stop it sticking and then just sliced it into rows and squares with a pizza cutter.”
Instructions for how to make Marshmallow Fondant both in a Thermomix or on the stove-top can be found at Domestic Diva’s blog.
Recipe for Magic Bean chocolate cake is here; just substitute kidney beans with cannelini or butter beans and the carob with rice flour and add equiv 1 vanilla bean.
I suspect the cake was greener than this picture suggests.
“The Cake is a Caramel Mud cake. I used 3 loaf tins. 2 for the base and cut one into squares to build up the terrain. My son arranged them just how he wanted them for the cake.
The Icing I made a “dairy free” butter icing“ and I added 70g of carob buttons to the sugar and blitzed it in the Thermomix together before adding the nuttelex. Crushed up carob buttons in the Thermomix and dipped each side piece into the carob to give the terrain texture and sprinkled some along the front. The icing held all the blocks together well and kept them in place.
The Marshmallow Fondant is coloured with Hoppers natural colours green and blue to colour it (they use fruit and vegetables to colour rather than nasty numbers). I rolled out one piece of green big enough to cover the two loaf cakes and trimmed to size. The rest I cut into squares the same size as the cake blocks to place on top of them.
The Decorations My son made the Minecraft paper figures, the tree, the little white ‘cake’ on the box and the squid on the blue are all made out of paper. Steve, the creeper and the other two boxes are purchased figurines.
For the recipes and full instructions visit: http://www.domesticdivaunleashed.com/minecraft-cake“
“Okay, I am under no illusions…. this is not much chop and people out there have done a HELL of a lot better than I have. But hey… it’s my blog. Whatcha gonna do? ha ha! To get a better cake picture…. return to Google!!
I used Domestic Diva’s thermomix recipe for Marshmallow Fondant. I have never worked with fondant before and the only tip I can give is that if you’re going to do a solid colour like RED!!! then it’s going to take a lot of drops of colour…. and this is going to make your fondant icing sticky and floppy. So, keep some extra sugar aside to make it ‘harder’ again if that’s what happens. To get the basic idea, I just made a huge, square butter cake and the shaped the rolled-out fondant by knife, once it was on the cake. I had terrible trouble with it sticking to the bench and coming apart.. so that’s why I ended up doing the trimming of the icing ON the cake. I reckon this would be easy if you have 1. experience with fondant and 2. patience.”