I had a super busy weekend ahead of me and to top it off, I got a last minute cake request from a friend! After seeing what he wanted I couldn’t say no! I mean what kind of person would turn down doing a minion cake? Not me that’s for sure!
I had to move some things around and found some time to throw this together for him! It was so fun!
Special cake requests are my favorite! Why?
- It’s personal. You know that the birthday guy/girl is super into whatever the “request” is and I love seeing people get so excited to do something special for their friends on their special day!
- Creativity. I am a HUGE buttercream fan, like the real stuff; egg whites, sugar and butter. With that said, you can’t always do all that crazy stuff you see on pinterest. But that’s where creativity comes in! These special requests push me and the limits of what buttercream can do. I’ve learned so many little tricks and techniques just by trial and error! And the best part is.. that when you go all buttercream, it all tastes good! Fondant is WAY too sweet and the rare occasions where I am forced to use it, I always advise not eating it!
- I get to do fun flavor combinations! The options are endless!
Alrighty, so here’s how I did this! I am a minimalist with tools and tend to not use a million piping tips, (less cleaning and less tips ending up in the disposal :/)
Piping bags are all you really need!
- Make plenty of piping bags with parchment
- Mix all of the colors you need (I always use gel coloring)
- Assemble and crumb coat your cake
- Do one more coat if needed, to even out the icing and shape of the cake
- Do your final coat in the the yellow icing (gel coloring is strong, and the colors will transfer to mouths, so I try to minimize the amount of colored icing I use)
- Cut the licorice into strips of various heights, stick them on the top of the cake, making it look like hair
- Use round cutters to trace out the eyes, lightly stamp the cutter on the icing to leave a mark
- Fill in the eyes with whitened smooth it out with a small offset spatula
- Use brown and black to make the pupils
- Use the black to make the straps and the mouth
- Use the blue to make some overalls, once again, piping out the outline, then filling it in with icing and smoothing out with a small offset spatula
- Pipe on the other little details like the tongue, goggle outlines, straps, etc. You can get as detailed as you want or just do the basics!
- Trim the cake board using scissors, cutting right up against the icing and place it onto a new cake round
When it comes to special cakes, go with the flow and let ideas come to you as you go! Buttercream is pretty amazing and you’d be amazed to see what other things you can do with it! I’ll be sure to show you more as the requests come in!