Sometimes I really do just feel like a big kid who gets to play with a grown-up version of play-doh. Once all the different elements are made it is so much fun putting this minion together! And although time consuming, it is all a lot easier than it looks!
I hope the instructions below inspires you run to your kitchens and give it a go, if for nothing else, all the fun you will have putting it together 🙂
I normally use a ‘heavier’ cake as I am not sure how well a sponge type cake will take the weight of all the different elements. For this minion I used my favourite chocolate cake recipe as per the request of the birthday boy. I bake three layers in a 6 inch cake pan and one half of the Wilton sports ball cake pan to create the dome shape. (I have seen people carve out a perfect dome shape from 4 layers of stacked cakes, but that is next level talented!). Then I fill and cover the whole cake with swiss meringue buttercream.
This is my third minion I’ve made, and the first time I was brave enough to use fondant to cover it (which to be honest was more out of necessity than bravery as the cake was being delivered the day before the party and I didn’t know if buttercream will hold up for a day in this heat.) Nonetheless, it worked out much better to have fondant as the base rather than the buttercream. And I sort of cheated by covering the cake in two stages – because of the black head band you can cover the dome and the body of the cake separately and no one will ever know (and I did not pull all my hair out draping fondant over a cake only to have it tear all along the edges YAY!).
If doing in two separate stages, roll out yellow fondant and cut a perfect 9 inch circle to cover the dome first. Then roll out and cut a rectangular piece of 50cm by 14cm to cover the body. Loosely roll the fondant onto the rolling pin and then reverse roll it onto the body of the cake.
A simple Google search will be able to give you some more ideas and tips, but I found it easiest to have something thick enough that I could use as rolling guides (I still really struggle with free style rolling!) that will give me the desired thickness of the goggles. I was stumped until I thought of raiding Little Bean’s toy box, and to my great joy I found some wooden blocks that would be PERFECT!
Once the fondant is rolled out to your desired thickness, cut out a pair of eyes using round cutters 6cm and 4.5cm then paint the goggles with silver edible liquid paint. (If you don’t have the right size round cutters, here is a template). Stick four tooth picks into the back end of each goggle, which you will insert into the cake. To make the studs for the outside of the goggles you can use small balls of fondant and stick them on, although I’ve struggled before to keep them stuck while they dry. So this time I used royal icing – which ended up way more effort than I cared to put in that late at night! The royal icing has to be whipped to piping consistency and you can only pipe two studs at a time and wait for it to dry before rotating the goggle (otherwise they slide of when the icing hasn’t firmed up enough). But in the end I actually really liked the look of them more than the fondant studs I’ve used in the past. Once the royal icing has completely dried, paint over with two coats of the silver edible paint.
To make the “eyeball” roll out some white fondant and cut out a pair of 4.5cm diameter circles (or equal to what ever size you used to cut out the inner circle of the goggle). Roll out a thin layer of brown and black fondant, then cut out two pairs of circles, the brown slightly larger in diameter than the black (I use the back of two different sized piping tips). If using the royal icing in above step for the studs, pipe two white dots in the middle of the black fondant or roll two small dots with white fondant. **Tip: Because I have a toddler running around I can only do my caking when he is sleeping so I have to do as many things ahead of time as possible, so I make eyes a few days before and lay them over the outside of the dome of the sports ball pan. This gives it the perfect curve when attaching it to the minion – the first time I made the eyes and left it to dry on a flat surface it cracked down the middle when I tried to attach it the cake and frustratingly did not have enough time to make new ones!
Roll out blue fondant and place the template (attached) over the fondant and with a sharp knife cut along the edges. I make my own edible glue with tylose powder (here is a link to a recipe), but brush what ever your choice of glue all over the back of the fondant and attach the front panel dungaree to the base of the minion, then repeat with the back panel. The create the stitches use a sugar craft wheel embosser & stitching tool and slowly run it all along the edges of the dungaree. Then add the two sleeves on both sides and add a black fondant dot on each end.
The arms and legs:
There probably is a more right way of doing this, but I do it the quickest way I know how. Roll a log of blue fondant and cut through the middle to create the legs. Then place them next to each and trim some off of both ends to have them exactly the same length. I normally just place them next to the cake to get an idea of proportions and keep trimming until I’m happy. For the arms, roll a log of yellow fondant a little narrower than the legs, and follow the same trimming steps above. The arms should be longer than the legs, but again, I would hold them up against the cake and keep trimming until I have the desired length. On the edge that it being attached to the body, cut the arm on an angle to sit flush against the body of the minion. Then bend the two arms slightly and leave to dry.
For the “hands” and “feet” I roll two pairs of oval shapes in black fondant, the feet slightly larger than the hands. And then shape as you feel resembles most closely their little hands and boots. For the hands I normally just make three cuts with a sharp knife to create “fingers”. Stick toothpicks into all the open ends of the arms and legs to insert into the body and to the hands and feet. Let all the fondant dry over night before attaching to the body of the minion.
Roll small pieces of black fondant in the palm of your hand using your index finger until you achieve the desired length and thickness of each strand of hair.
I use a black candy writer pen to draw on the mouth. Follow the directions on the pen and then slowly squeeze the chocolate out to create the smile.**Tip: I would highly recommend you try it on a mug first to get the hang of piping it onto the minion on a ninety degree angle!
Remember to have fun!!