Like most proud Aussies, we BBQ’d this Australia Day and had a great day around the pool with family and friends. The first thing my children thought of when I told them we would have people over for a ‘pool party’ was What cake are you making mum? To be honest, I wasn’t thinking cake at all – more like drinks and a lazy afternoon, but it didn’t take long for the regrets of not being able to make my husband a minion cake for his birthday changed to an Aussie-pool-party minion for our Australia Day cake.
I baked 2 6in cakes and one half of my ‘ball tin’ to create the semi-circular domed top. Cakes were cut evenly to create all layers – except for the dome.
As the cake is so high, support with dowels, I bought these plastic ones so that you can see the bright blue when you cut the cake. They’re even hollow and really easy to cut to size and push into the cake.
Ganache as normal, paying attention to final shape.
There are many ways to cover your cake. To make it easier have a print out of your character at the same (or similar) size to your cake will make the decorating stage easier. You can use it for measuring, templates, design ideas and as a basic guide.
I covered the top two thirds in yellow and the bottom third in blue rather than having thick unpalatable layers of fondant with colours on top of eachother.
Add details like straps, buttons and pockets while there aren’t arms etc in the way. I used a stitching tool to create a stitch-like pattern on the pockets and straps. The mouth was indented so the black creates a hollow for the mouth and the teeth sit snugly in the mouth opening.
I used my circle cutters to mark where the eye was to go. It is easier to plan and see, and allows you to correct as you need without pulling off and re-positioning fondant pieces.
The swimming cap went on in two halves – joining to create the seam down the centre, before positioning the eye and strap.
The eye and goggle could be made in several ways. Be creative and follow the image you have printed out. I went with a 2D eye/goggle. Details like the sparkle in the eye, clips on the sides of the goggle lens and hand-painting the coloured iris part of the eye for definition are all personal adaptations.
Add long coils for the arms, black hands that are supported by his legs and as it was a pool party he has pink ‘floaties’ or swimming bands.
After making my little Australian Minion, I found this AWESOME tutorial from Ann Reardon:How to Cook That. Her 3D standing minion is quite a construction, but she shows you all the steps to construct one yourself.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…Hope you had a marvellous Australia day; Happy Baking!
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