A few years back I decided I wanted to learn to bake professional style cakes. I had always thought that fondant covered cakes were beautiful and I really wanted to be able to do it. I’ve made 3 big deal cakes so far. They take so much time that I only do them for big events, like the kids birthday’s and only when we are having a pretty big party.
The first cake I made was a Halloween themed cake for my daughter’s 5th birthday. It was 2 tiered, dark purple with a creepy fence and black bats on it. I’m not sure what happened to the pictures I took of it. It was amazing for my first cake! The second cake I made was for my son’s 4th birthday. I made a Spider-Man themed cake with a city scape around the bottom and a web on the top.
So this weekend for my son’s 6th birthday, I decided to break out the fondant again and make something special. I decided to go with a simple design since it had been 2 years since my last ‘real’ cake attempt. My son decided he wanted a minion theme so a minion cake was perfect. I scoured Pinterest for ideas. They have a TON of minion cake ideas but most of them were way more involved than I wanted. I finally landed on the perfect simple design.
I started by baking 2 cakes. You have to over fill the cake pans and then cut off the top of the cakes to make them flat. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that meant I was eating cake tops for breakfast on Friday morning!
The kids helped me crush ‘Oreos’ for the cookies and cream filling.
I made my own whipped cream and folded the crushed cookies into it. I put the filling on one layer of cake and topped it off with the second layer making sure it was level.
Next I made buttercream frosting and thinly covered the cake to give the fondant something to stick to.
After the cake was frosted, I rolled out the fondant and covered the cake.
Next was to add all the details. I used white fondant and food dye to color all the details. I made the eye, goggles and mouth.
After about 5 total hours over 2 days, I finally had a minion! And it was a BIG HIT at the birthday party!
I forgot how much I enjoy baking cakes like this. I’m pretty sure I will be baking much more now!