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My Despicable Me Minion Birthday Cake

Despicable Me Minion Cake- Marshmallow Evil Minions With Jolly Rancher Hair and Banana Twinkie Minions Atop Oreo Cookies. Visit Site For How To Pins!
Momma Told Me: Sometimes it's okay to get a little crazy in the kitchen.

 I make cakes. I make them because I enjoy it, never by request, and almost always spontaneously. Friends and family have often suggested I make them professionally, for me, that would take all the fun out of it. I'm a perfectionist by nature, and crafting cakes is not something I'm professionally trained in, therefor there will always be stray frosting, a crooked layer, or the inevitable bleeding frosting. It happens.
Despicable Me Minion Cake- Marshmallow Evil Minions With Jolly Rancher Hair and Banana Twinkie Minions Atop Oreo Cookies. Visit Site For How To Pins!
This year I bought myself a cake with the solemn resolve that I would not make myself a cake this year, as I have every year before. I was unmotivated, and looking forward to skipping the crazed planning that usually comes when I'm trying to figure out how to craft a unicorn out of Rice Krispies without fondant. Then, a few days before my actual birthday I felt the itch. The 'what if I just did this....' phrase began running through my head, and before I knew it I was running through the grocery store tossing random ingredients in my cart with Sabrina (11) by my side. It was quite appropriate giving the theme I had chose; minions.
Despicable Me Minion Cake- Marshmallow Evil Minions With Jolly Rancher Hair and Banana Twinkie Minions Atop Oreo Cookies. Visit Site For How To Pins!
If you're not familiar with Minions, then you've somehow missed both installments of the Universal Pictures Despicable Me films. Minions, traditionally yellow with a variance of eye and hair quantity, wear blue overalls and work for the evil mastermind Felonious Gru, while moonlighting in their syndicate cover, a Jam factory. They are disaster on two feet, highly unpredictable, and love bananas above all. Which is why the current range of Banana Cream Twinkies made an obvious selection for my traditional minion base. With some Oreo cookies of choice (in our case cookie dough), candy eyes, and blue melting chocolate we whipped up some adorable minions to top my standard square birthday cake.
Despicable Me Minion Cake- Marshmallow Evil Minions With Jolly Rancher Hair and Banana Twinkie Minions Atop Oreo Cookies. Visit Site For How To Pins!
As adorable as my tribe of hard working, slightly zany, but good intentioned minions were, no Minion cake would be complete without the presence of the second film's nemesis; Evil Minions, in all their purple glory. For these, we used Jumbo Marshmallows mounted on cake pop sticks, dipped in melting chocolate for a base. Next, the part Sabrina was talking about for weeks; I placed 4 Grape Jolly Ranchers in my Pyrez measuring cup and slow melted them at 70% in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. Once the Rancher had began to lose form and bubble it was tacky enough to swirl onto parchment paper for our Evil Minion's 'hair.'
Despicable Me Minion Cake- Marshmallow Evil Minions With Jolly Rancher Hair and Banana Twinkie Minions Atop Oreo Cookies. Visit Site For How To Pins!
Despicable Me Minion Cake- Marshmallow Evil Minions With Jolly Rancher Hair and Banana Twinkie Minions Atop Oreo Cookies. Visit Site For How To Pins!
One thing I learned quickly, after cake assembly, is that the traditional Wilton candy eyes bleed when they are refrigerate (or frozen) and return to room temperature. This sweating makes the eyes seep green food color, which can be touched up with a damp Q-Tip for photography, or left to add to the zany look of your minions. I am usually entirely hands on with my birthday cakes; this year I let Sabrina do the bulk of the building, and went with many of her personal minion creations. The imperfections only served to give our minions more character!
Despicable Me Minion Cake- Marshmallow Evil Minions With Jolly Rancher Hair and Banana Twinkie Minions Atop Oreo Cookies. Visit Site For How To Pins!
Inside our Minion Cake we layered a thicker layer of yellow cake atop a thinner layer of Blue Velvet (both boxed, nothing fancy this year) and frosted with a thick cream cheese layer. I was especially proud of how each slice resembled a minion in profile! Both of our minion concept creations could easily be adapted for cupcake toppers for a children's party, and I'm already thinking of making them again for our Winter league potluck!

Have you ever made a themed character cake from scratch? 

What Daughter Says: Sometimes the best form of perfection is imperfection- This cake is perfect for small handed helpers and big smiles!

16 comments:

  1. It's adorable. I didn't know there were evil minions. I'll have to see the second movie. I'm glad you had a great birthday

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  2. This is too cute. My son mentioned he may want DM2 for his birthday. This looks fun!

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  3. I had never seen an evil minion before - had to google it, LOL. You did a great job!! Love the idea of Grape Jolly Ranchers for the hair.

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  4. This made me smile!!! Our family loves the Despicable Me movies. The purple marshmallows would be my son's favorite.

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  5. Wow this must have taken you forever. I haven't made a cake in quite a while. I did when the kids were little but we just don't eat it now.

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  6. These are adorable. Like you I usually fall in the must make something cool out of rice krispy treats and cover in fondant.

    The last two parties I have ended up rushing to town last minute to get a cake. I think I give up but glad you stuck with it because these are adorable.

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  7. This is so creative. My kids love the Minions. We just went to Universal in Florida where they loved the Minion ride. I am going to show them this post.

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  8. These are insanely cute!!! I did a Very Hungry Caterpillar cake from scratch for my son's first birthday. He's very into minions right now, so I'll definitely be saving this post for closer to his birthday :)

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  9. I've never made a character cake before, but it sure does sound like fun!

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  10. I make carrot cake from scratch but that is about it! This cake is adorable!!

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  11. How fun! I know my Despicable Me-fans would adore having this cake. We don't have any birthdays coming up, but I'm bookmarking this for the next party.

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  12. Oh my goodness you are brilliant! These are amazing. My kids would love these!

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  13. Oh that is so super cute. How awesome. My daughter would love it.

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  14. I love it!!!!!!!! This is soooo cool.. You did an awesome job... I soo have to invite you to my next party and ask you to bring the cake :-) thanks for sharing

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  15. Seriously that is so cute. Maybe I have to make this, just for fun

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