With the popularity of the movie ‘Despicable Me’ and it’s sequel, all things Minion are a hit with young children and Minion cakes are in demand.
I made one recently for a friends 3yr old nephew and it seems it was a hit. Starting with a basic round layered cake, the easiest part was covering the whole cake in yellow fondant.
Minions are know for their distinct eyes so to make the eye, start with a 3″- 4″ round circle of white fondant — I found it easier to completely make the eye before placing it on the cake.
The iris can be drawn initially with food colouring markers with a black circle in the middle for the pupil, some orange around that for the iris and a black line drawn around the outer edge of the iris. The whole iris should be about 1″-1 1/2″ in diameter for an 8″ round cake.
Once drawn, the iris can be made to look more realistic by topping with some clear piping gel. Start with a small amount at first and with a small brush, paint the gel from the outer edge in and from the pupil outwards. The gel will smudge and blend the marker lines to give the pupil a more realistic look. Once that is done, Place a fairly large blob of gel on top to give the look of a cornea. I initially made the iris too small so I cut another white circle of fondant just the size of the iris, painted it with the marker and gel and placed it on top of the original eye — seemed to work pretty well!
Place the ‘eye’ on the cake just off center to allow room for a mouth later on. Cut strips of black fondant to place beside the eye as straps for the Minion’s goggles. Roll the ends of the black fondant back a bit to allow room for the goggles and to look like the straps are attached to the goggles.
Using white fondant, make a snake like strip about 1″ in thickness and form it into a ring around the outer edge of the eye. Mix a very tiny bit of black food colouring and some silver shimmer powder into some piping gel and carefully cover the ring in a thin coating. This gives a shiny metal look to the goggles.
Thin black fondant rolled strips can be placed on toothpicks and added as the ‘hair’ of the minion. It only take a few and remember to always do an odd number for something like this — odd numbers always look better.
Another thin black strip for the smile and a wider one around the base of the cake for a ‘belt’ can then be added. I also cut a square of blue fondant and added stitching lines so that it looked like a bib to overalls. Add that to the front side of the cake and you’re done!