Minion mini cakes.
Ideal for children’s parties, adult birthdays or as a ‘Thank you’ gift.
(This tutorial makes both the minion and evil minion at the same time. Please let me know if this is confusing, or if you’d prefer 2 separate tutorials).
You will need:
Tools- Small rolling pin, circle cutter, straight edged modelling tool, small dry paint brush (for sticking) sharp (vegetable) knife, large (bread) knife, palette or butter knife.
Materials- Small square, rectangular or loaf shaped cake, jam (frosting optional), green, purple, grey, dark blue, white and black sugar paste, icing sugar (to prevent sticking)
I bought a ready-made madeira loaf from my local supermarket, any rectangular cake will do.
Step 1: Shape the cakes
Cut the cake into 2 smaller rectangles, one slightly larger than the other.
Stand upright, cut off all 4 corners top to bottom.
Cut off the new ‘corners’ formed when you cut the corners off. This should make your cake rounded.
Cut the top edge off at a 45 degree angle all the way around.
Trim the bottom edge off all around.
For ‘evil’ (purple) minion, cut a groove out of the cake about 1/2 way up to form the mouth.
(Side view of mouth groove)
Step 2: Cover the green cake
Cover lightly in smooth jam (and frosting
if you like). You can also cut the cakes in half height wise and fill if you like, but this may make them more difficult to cover.
Roll out green sugar paste.
Gently place the paste over the top of your cake, smooth it down the sides with your palm.
pull any wrinkles or pleats forming away from the cake and smooth down to prevent creasing.
Smooth down to the bottom edge using the side of your hand (smoothing tools are a bit big and flat for such a small, delicate project, but do try these if you prefer).
Smooth the cake all over with a cupped hand.
Step 3: Repeat for the purple cake
Cover cake with the same technique as the green minion, mark in the mouth groove.
Define the mouth groove using a modelling tool.
Pinch along the bottom of the mouth to define the bottom lip.