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Minecraft Creeper Cake

This year for Michael's birthday his request was for a Minecraft themed cake.  I had not idea what Minecraft was and could only think of the classic Windows game Minesweeper.  Fortunately his mom sent me a few pictures of what he'd like and of course Google offered lots of pictures of different Minecraft cakes.

My friends are very good to me and let me run with the theme however I like.  Michael did specify that he wanted a Creeper face on it so that's what I decided to do the whole top as.  It was a 2 layer 10" chocolate cake with buttercream icing dyed green.  I covered the sides in Oreo cookie crumbs to make it look like dirt.  Then rolled out a 10" square of black fondant for the base of the creeper face.  I did four different shades of green, cut out eighty 1 inch squares.  I should have put the black base on first before I put the tiles on because when I lifted it on to the cake it started to crack and break apart.  Yikes!  Fortunately, fondant can be forgiving and was able to save it with only a few minor cracks showing.  I decided to try and make the fondant look shiny by using steam.  We only had the Shark steamer, which didn't quite do the effect that I was going for.  If you look closely it looks like the top was rained.  This is what happens when you decide to try a new technique 10 minutes before you leave for the party.

Bottom line, Michael loved it.  He and some of the kids knew exactly what it was.  Mr.  T thought it was a mosaic on the top.  Clearly, he's not up on the all the games.


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