I don’t know about your house, but around here, all my kid talks about is Minecraft.
I don’t even understand because if you ask me, it looks like the worst game ever. The first Super Mario Brothers had better graphics, just saying.
All I know is, Jon David is constantly talking about rocks nowadays. I guess that is a good thing because he means that he’s learning, but I’m 33 years old and I need rocks about as often as I need Algebra. Sometimes Jon David is all blah blah, bedrock, blah blah, sandstone, and my eyes glaze over and I think to myself…”I know that I’m the mom and he’s the kid, but is it possible that I’M actually the cool one in this relationship?”
I guess I shouldn’t say I just THINK that, because I’m pretty sure one time I actually said it out loud.
Anyways — Jon David is turning nine in a couple weeks and I got to thinking about how much he and his friends would love Minecraft cupcakes.
Jon David actually never eats cupcakes — he never gets too excited about any treats I make — but when I asked him if he’d want to help me design some Minecraft cupcakes his face lit up and it was the cutest thing ever. He ran to grab his iPod and started showing me all kinds of pictures. I got to work and he gave his approval along the way.
We had SO much fun creating these together. When they were finished, he kept looking at them and smiling and asked if I’d make a batch on his birthday for him to give to his friends. As annoying as that goofy game is (Mom, do we HAVE to leave now, I’m right in the middle of building a new world) it was nice to spend some time in the kitchen with Jon David. I hope you and your little guy (or girl) love these as much as we do!!
As you can probably tell, I used a square cupcake pan. I used THIS one, and it was perfect.
You don’t need square cupcake liners for these — you can use regular round ones and they will still bake up square. I love these brown greaseproof ones. They are the perfect color and they stay nice and bright.
I only filled my cupcake liners about 1/2 full of cupcake batter. I wanted them pretty level with the tops of the liners and not super puffy and domed on top.
For the blocks and Creepers, I used three shades of green frosting and grass piping tips.
You don’t have to be an expert at piping to use a grass tip — it’s just a matter of squeezing. You can get gel food color and the piping tips at most hobby stores in the cake decorating aisle.
Using one color of green frosting, just cover a majority of the cupcake surface in “grass”. The use the other two colors to go in and spot fill. Easy peasy.
You could easily pipe the Creeper’s face on, but since piping isn’t for everyone, I decided to go the candy route:
Flattened Tootsie Rolls that I cut with a paring knife. The Creeper faces were the most tedious part of the whole project, but if you only do a handful and mix them in with the other cupcakes, you get the desired effect without losing your sanity.
According to Jon David, these guys are called Endermen. I used purple Laffy Taffy for the eyes — just flatten a bit and cut into strips.
The “face” is just chocolate frosting. I melted canned frosting in the microwave and dipped the top of the cupcake in it to make a nice smooth surface.
Any canned chocolate frosting is fine, but my Walmart sold a Hershey Special Dark frosting that was practically black, so that is what I used.
That’s it!! I hope you enjoy!!
Have a great Monday!!