My son is turning 6 in a couple of days and he wanted a Minecraft grass block cake like his brother had a few years ago. Thankfully this cake is easy and inexpensive to make and it really looks like dirt and grass. Mine is a German chocolate cake since I used coconut pecan filling for between the layers. Here is how I made it!
Minecraft Grass Cake
The stuff you’ll need :
3 – 8″ x 8″ cake pans. I got mine from Dollar Tree in the kitchen supplies section.
1 box chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients to make cake according to package instructions)
1 container of vanilla frosting
1 container of coconut pecan frosting
1 cup of sweetened coconut flakes (or unsweetened if you prefer)
Green food coloring (I had blue and yellow food coloring, so I used a mix of those to create green)
Step 1.)Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare your cake pans with cooking spray, or butter and flour so the cake doesn’t stick (it probably will still stick a little, but this helps).
Step 2.) Make cake batter according to the instructions on the box (mine called for 3 eggs, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup water)
Step 3.) Divide your cake batter as evenly as you can between the three cake pans. Release any air bubbles in the batter by lightly picking up and dropping each pan from a couple of inches above a hard, flat surface a few times.
Step 4.) Bake the cakes for 23-25 minutes, or until you can poke the middle of the cakes with a toothpick and the toothpick comes out clean. Let the cakes rest until they are fully cooled (I let mine sit out on the cooling rack for about an hour and then covered them with foil overnight since I made them in the evening).
Step 5.) To release the cake from the pans, use a butter knife and go around the edges of the cake to release the sides from the pan. Next, flip the pan over onto a flat, clean surface (like a cutting board) and pat the bottom of the pan to release the bottom of the cake. If your cake doesn’t release in one piece, DON’T PANIC! Just carefully scrape the excess cake that was left behind with a small spatula and place it back in place on the cake. You’re gonna frost that anyway!
Step 6.) Begin to build your block. Place the first layer of cake top side down on the surface that the cake will be presented on (I use a spinning cake pedestal). Put a generous dollop of the coconut pecan frosting in the middle of the cake (about half of the container). With a butter knife or frosting spreader, begin to work the frosting out towards the edges of the cake, but do not go over the edge onto the side if you can help it. Try to be gentle with this part because the cake will want to fall apart of you spread the frosting too aggressively. Repeat the process with the second cake layer.
Step 7.) Once you are ready, place the final layer of cake on top, but this time place it top side up. You can take a serrated bread knife and gently level the top of the cake if you desire, but this can easily become frustrating if you accidently make it uneven. Using a clean hand or by placing a sheet of parchment paper over the top of the cake, gently press the cake layers to level them and compress the layers together a little.
Step 8.) Add a few drops of the green food coloring (or equal drops of the blue and yellow food coloring) to the vanilla frosting container and mix until your desired level of green is reached. Next, mix the green frosting and coconut flakes together in a large bowl.
Step 9.) Drop the frosting and coconut mixture onto the middle of the cake and very gently work the frosting out towards the edges of the cake. If you are feeling extra artsy, you can also use a toothpick to create more texture to the “grass”, but the coconut does create some texture on its own.
There you have it! This is a great way to create a minecraft inspired cake for your kiddos that looks good and tastes good. The cake I made is for a party of about 10-12 people so you can always make your cake larger or double the cakes if you need to for a larger party. You might also find some cute minecraft figurines to add to the top of the cake if you like. Do it your way and enjoy!