I feel like Minecraft SHOULD be part of a caker’s swearword vocabulary. No, I’m serious. Because every time we cakers hear (or read) this word in context with an order request, we inevitably want to swear.
It is not an easy theme to execute however easy it MAY look. Sure it’s just squares…but it’s LOTs of squares…LOTS AND LOTS! I always refer to them as piddly little things because they are SO annoying to work with. They must be straight, they must be cleanly cut, otherwise they will warp and not fit together perfectly to create a clean, precise final product. You have to use the right consistency of paste (to prevent distortion after cutting) or you have to let it dry just the right amount so that it is not too dry that you can’t fudge the fit or too soft still that the shape warps on you.
Well, I’ve only made one such themed cake, thankfully (so far). So I don’t have much in the way of advice on how to best achieve the clean, straight lines and edges and get a perfect fit etc., other than the usual “make sure you have a perfectly straight and evenly ganached tier to start with, before you start adding on squares”. You might notice mine is NOT perfectly clean but it is a good go. This design actually has become quite popular on my Pinterest and has been repinned over 4000 times and and liked/saved over 400 times (!!! yeah, I know!!!) and has been remade countless number of times (you can see the pin here). I get asked over and over by other decorators if they can recreate the design and I always say “of course!”
And I also get asked A LOT about how I was able to create the sword topper that sits atop my cake and for that, I can give some advice because it follows the same principles that I use for other 2D embellished toppers that I make.
Back in May 2015, I was getting asked this question more than once a week and I had been answering each person’s individual questions each time. Well, it got to be repetitive AND time-consuming since it was a lot to type each time. So rather than continue to type this all out over and over, I put together this list of what I do and shared it on Facebook. It is pieced together from a few of my previous detailed PMs and may not be complete but will give you all an idea of my steps. Unfortunately, I never took photos of the progress but dang now I wish I had haha! Hope this at least helps a bit so that others can create their own!
Steps to Make Your own 2D Minecraft Sword Topper:
– the sword was made with gumpaste and fondant and allowed to dry for several days
– the topper is only as big as the part that is visible; none of it sticks INTO the cake except the skewers used for support
– the squares (for the topper) were cut with 1/2″ square cutter from appropriately coloured marshmallow fondant (MMF); you can also use straight gumpaste, straight fondant or a 50/50 mix of fondant/gumpaste depending on how soft your fondant is; ideally, you want to use a paste consistency that is firm enough to keep the perfect square shape when you cut it, so it should not be too soft; these were allowed to set for about an hour before applying to the backing
– I used straight white gumpaste as the backing for the squares, rolled to about 3 mm thickness (the purple bands if using the small Wilton roller)
– after rolling out the white gumpaste (make sure it’s wide and long enough to fit all the squares), I added the appropriately coloured squares following a pic I found online WITHOUT any water or glue at first, to make sure they are all lined up and straight
– after making sure everything is aligned and I was happy with the look, I then glued down each square with water; or use whatever method you prefer to adhere the pieces
– I then cut away the excess white gumpaste backing; I like leaving a small border (approx. 3mm) but this is not necessary for the stability of the piece, it’s an aesthetics thing with me
– I waited at least two days for it to dry after applying the squares before flipping over and attaching two skewers vertically along the length of the sword, about a fingers width apart; the drying time is important to ensure the piece dries perfectly flat and will be strong enough to hold up vertically once attached to the cake
– the skewers are attached with a piece of fresh fondant running the length of the skewers like a bandaid, only along the part that will not be inserted into the cake
– make sure to gently press down on the fondant so the skewers are snugly covered by the fondant (stronger this way)
– allow this to dry another half day or at least a few hours before inserting into your cake
– the skewers should stick out long enough on the piece to go through your cake and touch the bottom cake board it is sitting on; so if its a 4″ tall tier, there should be 4″ of each skewer sticking out the bottom of the sword
– I make sure the bottom of the sword rests on and touches the cake and then add a piece of fresh fondant as well around it just to be safe (notice the small band of green half squares)